McCain To Pen Op-Ed For Pravda

In response to Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times, Sen. John McCain semi-joked that he’d like to write for Russia’s state-owned newspaper, Pravda. Perhaps surprisingly, they said yes.

“If John McCain wants to write something for us, he is welcome,” Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda tells The Cable. “Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already. We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain.” When The Cable reached the senator’s office with the offer, McCain’s communications director Brian Rogers responded within minutes. “On the record: Senator McCain would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we’ll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission.”

When asked what McCain would write about, McCain’s spokesman called Russia a “target-rich environment” and suggested that McCain would write about Russia’s history of human rights abuses. Don’t hold your breath for any mention of LGBT rights, of course.