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Over the weekend on Reliable Source, which airs on CNN on Sunday mornings, the question was whether or not the media favored Barack Obama over John McCain. Barack made a trip to Iraq and a media entourage followed him. When McCain went to Iraq, his trip did not garner the same attention.

Then the discussion moved on to the difficulty of trying to find things to make fun of about Obama. I suppose this was in light of the New Yorker magazine’s failed attempt at satire with the Obama cover. The obvious thing about McCain to poke fun at is his age, and what about that Viagra question he was blind-sided with? Someone on the show stated that Barack is not bungling when he speaks or walks, but rather comes off so eloquently that he seems “perfect.” Saturday Night Live seemed to find their little niche for making fun of Obama. There was even an article in The New York Times on the topic.

Now The New York Times has rejected a draft of John McCain’s op-ed that was to be a response to the one published by Barack Obama last week. McCain was told to do a rewrite. So what was the problem with McCain’s draft? According to the story on cnn.com

[…] Opinion Page Editor David Shipley said he could not accept the piece as written, but would be “pleased, though, to look at another draft.”

“Let me suggest an approach,” he wrote Friday. “The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans. It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece.”

I read the draft of McCain’s op-ed that was submitted, and then the one published by Obama. The difference? McCain spends the majority of his piece criticizing Obama’s Iraq policy. Though Obama offers criticism of McCain and the Bush administration, he offers details about his plan. So, the fair question would be, does that make one piece better than the other? I don’t think so. But from working in publishing, I have learned that you have to please the editor. And it seems the editor wants McCain to add some detail about his Iraq policy along with his criticism of Obama. Well, I can see the point. I know how insulting it can be to have something returned for a rewrite, but the changes would make it easier for the reader to compare the two policies.

I suppose this story will probably ride out the rest of the week. But I would suggest that the McCain camp stop pouting and get to writing.

John McCain’s rejected op-ed draft

Barack Obama’s published op-ed