UPDATE: McDaniel camp cancels meeting for ‘private event’

Here’s how the conversation went. These are not direct quotes, just paraphrases, but I’m sticking as closely as I can to preserve the tone of the conversation. We’ll pick up after he expressed his disappointment for me blogging about this.

Noel: I mispoke. It’s not Meridian.

Me: You misspoke?

Noel: Yes. I got the city wrong.

Me: OK. Then where is it?

Noel: Everything’s on the media advisory.

Me: There’s not a 4 p.m. event on the media advisory. There’s a 6 p.m. event on the media advisory.

Noel: Everything is on the media advisory.

Me: Then why are you canceling? Is it really a scheduling conflict?

Noel: Yes. There’s a scheduling conflict.

Me: But there’s nothing on the media advisory for 4 p.m.

Noel: Then it must be a private event. Private events aren’t on the media advisory.

Me: Where is it?

Noel: It’s a private event.

Me: You just said it was a public event earlier.

Noel: No, I didn’t.

Me: You said it was on the media advisory, and the media advisory only has public events.

Noel: I thought it was a public event, but it must not be.

Me: So is it in Meridian or Jackson or Brandon?

Noel: It’s a private event, and that’s it.

At that point, we returned to the discussion about how he couldn’t believe that I was blogging about this. I explained that I couldn’t believe he wasn’t being straight with me.

Sam Hall
Clarion Ledger
5/19/14