Friday, 2 March 2007

David Kelley's petty deceit...

... Petty, but disgusting. See below.

On 28th January the London Observer published a good article about Ayn Rand and the film of Atlas Shrugged:,,2000313,00.html

However, the article did contain one error: it said that David Kelly was the founder of the Ayn Rand Institute. Later on The Observer published an inaccurate correction, so I sent them an email about it. I received the following reply:

Dear Valda Redfern,

Thank you for your e-mail pointing out that Leonard Peikoff was the founder of the Ayn Rand Institute. We were about to run such a correction last week when the letter printed below arrived from David Kelley giving us a different version. As he was one of the subjects mentioned in the story, we assumed that his version was the reliable one.
It was good of you to take the trouble to write.


Teresa Goodman
Assistant to the Readers' Editor

January 28, 2007
Letters to
the Editor

To the Editor:
In Paul Harris’s otherwise thoughtful and accurate article on the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged ("Jolie to film the cult ‘bible of selfishness,’" Sunday, January 28), he mistakenly identifies me as founder of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI). In fact, I am the founder and now senior fellow of The Atlas Society.

The ARI is a wholly different organization, founded by Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider. Snider, who is no longer associated with ARI but serves on our board instead, has been involved in several efforts to adapt Rand’s novel, including the current one.


David Kelley, Founder & Senior Fellow
The Atlas Society
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 425
Washington, DC 20036

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