Having read Jeffery Cooper’s article in the Rocky Mount Telegram’s Sunday edition I feel compelled to say a few things.
Don’t believe everything you read in the Telegram.
I have a lot of respect for Cooper and I understand about deadline and the Telegram’s “editorial” process, so I’m not really blaming him on this one.
Here are the points:
Cooper uses Cameron Matthews, a Political Science instructor, at Wesleyan College to give some clarity to the article. What should have been disclosed is that Matthews is a Texas Republican who ran in the last Rocky Mount City Council race against W.B. Bullock because he wasn’t conservative enough. I’ve known Cameron for a while now and we’ve worked out at the same place and even eaten lunch together. By the way, you don’t need a calculator to gather all of Cameron’s votes, it was less than 200 if I recall. I like Cameron, but Cameron has his own ideas that don’t necessarily conform to the norm of reason.
Cameron is a regular guest on 99.3, giving his political opinion, and does a great job of gleaning insight into some political historical events. But, asking him to give an opinion about the Democratic mailer is somewhat misleading: tantamount to asking a alligator to give an opinion on smiling.
The fact that Swindell didn’t return any of Cooper’s phone calls doesn’t mean anything, but I see it used a lot around here to “make a statement” without “making a statement”. Swindell had been interviewed by most major newspapers and TV stations around the southeast, including the News & Observer and the Associated Press. Swindell isn’t hiding or ducking calls from anyone, much less a Telegram reporter: even one as good as Jeffery Cooper.
No mention of Southern Outreach or “who threw the first punch” was every mention with regard to Buck Newton. No one has, to my knowledge, ever asked Buck to answer questions regarding the accuracy of those robocalls.
But, and here’s the kicker: an 8 Count Grand Jury Indictment is an 8 Count Grand Jury Indictment: pure and simple. Arrest warrants were issued. And somebody, somebody who looked like Buck, acted like Buck, sounded like Buck and said they were Buck bought and sold marijuana and cocaine to an undercover cop on several occasions. And, it took a Republican District Attorney to say it was a case of mistaken identity 14 months after the fact while giving no reason as to why it happened.
Now, we’re being told to believe that if it walks like a Buck and talks like a Buck…it not a Buck.
Use your head. And take what the “local” media says with a grain of salt.