CORRECTION: Wrong attribution on e-mail promoting Republican candidate | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, January 16, 2014

CORRECTION: Wrong attribution on e-mail promoting Republican candidate

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Debbie Pelley, the Jonesboro conservative, called me today. She and I have disagreed on just about everything over the years, but she is nothing if not sincere.

She called to say that did not write an e-mail attributed to her by Natural State Report, and quoted in part by me here, particularly a racially tinged passage in a long and rambling memo on reasons to vote for John Cooper, the Republican candidate for state Senate. He won the special election Tuesday.

Pelley supported Cooper. Many of the parts of the e-mail on Cooper's record and Obamacare reflect her own view and it's possible it included, by someone else's cut and paste, some things she's written on other occasions, she said. But she was sure she did not write anything about race.

"I am very cautious about that partly because I am in no way a racist and partly because I know what people will do with it," she wrote.  She added that she did write the portion listing positive points about Cooper, but it was written after Cooper's primary runoff victory and not in relationship to the general election.

I went to Trey Baldwin, who did the original Natural State post. On reviewing the record, he's now concluded he made a mistake. He reprinted an e-mail he'd been supplied by someone on a mailing list supporting Cooper and credited Pelley because her name, e-mail and phone numbers appeared at the bottom of the forwarded message. His source has now told him he got the memo from another Cooper supporter, not Pelley.

The memo and its views are, in other words, real (and pretty routine Republican talking points for the most part), but not written by Pelley except for the Cooper "bullet points." But it was erroneous to say Pelley distributed it or wrote the part referring to Democratic Party appeals to black voters. I am sorry that I repeated the mistake and criticized her for words she didn't write. I apologize to Pelley. I will have many opportunities to part company with her — I honor her by dishonoring her, she says with a touch of pride — but I hope to credit her with no more than she deserves.

Tags: , ,


Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Unemployment rate continues drop to new low

    The Arkansas unemployment rate in September was 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent the month before. It's a historic low.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • Trump cheers criminal assault on reporter

    Did I miss coverage of this in the morning paper? Donald Trump, at a rally in Montana, praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte's criminal assault on a news reporter to raucous cheers. None dare call them a mob.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • French Hill and the truth: He flunks four-way test

    Amid a spate of dishonest advertising in support of his re-election campaign, Republican Rep. French Hill led the downtown Rotary Club this week in recitation of Rotary's four-way test. The Hill campaign is failing it.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017
  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017
  • Hospitality, restaurant groups oppose bathroom bill

    Add the restaurant and hospitality association to those opposed to Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bill to keep transgender people out of public restrooms that match their gender identity.
    • Mar 16, 2017


  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation