The Fargo Forum published, then deleted an opinion letter on its website today after concluding that the writer used a fake name.
The letter criticized the Forum’s controversial religious columnist, Roxane Salonen, comparing her with a local “pro-white” activist, Pete Tefft.
I have a wonderful idea. Perhaps your Catholic columnist, Roxane Salonen, the ‘ultimate feminist’ should get together with Pete Tefft, the 100 percent pro-white man pictured next to a statute [sic] of the Virgin Mary at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo.
It’s so odd that both were featured in a Saturday paper in connection with the Virgin Mary. Both Salonen and Tefft have rather extreme narrow views that do not seem at all in line with Catholicism.Something else that’s interesting. I’m pretty sure the Virgin Mary did not have white skin; the virgin aspect is doubtful too.
The letter, an archived version of which you can read here, is signed “Evelyn Pulver” of Dilworth.
We received several messages from people who noticed the letter disappear from the website.
Opinion Editor Jack Zaleski said in an email that he “got information that the writer is phony. Someone sent it (we’re not sure who) under a false name.”
The newspaper published a letter by “Evelyn Pulver” on Dec. 21, 2000. The letter listed her city of residence as Moorhead. Here’s that letter:
Regarding the Dec. 10, “Outdoors” section, would it be possible for you to refrain from publishing color photos of dead deer, particularly those with blood streaming from their mouths? While this scene represents a glorious moment for hunters, it turns some people’s stomach, including mine. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
This past December, the Forum published a letter from someone who claimed that Hillary Clinton won only 57 counties in the general election. It was a hoax perpetrated on various right-wing websites. Nevertheless, the Forum ran with it. Clinton won 487 counties.
If the real or fake Evelyn Pulver is out there, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.