- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The venerable New York Times has provided a wealth of ammunition to those who believe that the media is biased toward presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (“No artificial timetables,” Op-Ed, Wednesday). Within days of running an extensive opinion piece by Mr. Obama on the Iraq war, the New York Times rejected a submission on the topic by Mr. Obama’s opponent, Sen. John McCain, demanding that Mr. McCain rewrite the piece to its specifications if he wished for it to be published. I have seen no reports indicating that Mr. Obama was similarly required by the New York Times to start from scratch with his contribution in order to satisfy liberal editors.

I do not agree with Mr. McCain on the critical issue of Iraq, and I believe that he will needlessly involve the United States in other wars. For these and other reasons, this Republican voter cannot cast a vote for him in good conscience. Any major presidential candidate, however, has the right to air their views in the editorial section of a major paper in whatever form that they wish, particularly when they wish to respond to the publication of a similar piece by one’s challenger. It is patently offensive that the New York Times sought to dictate to Mr. McCain what he would be permitted to say.

Editorial opinion belongs on the editorial page, but some publications seem to unabashedly spread their admiration for one candidate over another beyond that section of the paper. The actions of the New York Times cause the objective observer to lose faith in the media.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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