NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Mysterious pamphlets filled with COVID-19 and election conspiracies have started appearing on the driveways of homeowners across parts of North Fulton County.
One woman, who asked Channel 2′s Mike Petchenik not to identify her because she fears retaliation from those who don’t share her point of view, said she saw the publication in a bright orange sleeve in front of her own home.
“I saw lots of the flyers on driveways,” she said. “My initial concern was where is this coming from?”
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The publication, entitled “The Pamphleteer,” contains several anonymously written articles about COVID-19, the election, and gun control.
The articles all have bylines, such as “Milton Mom Of Two,” “Sandy Springs Dad,” and “Roswell Doctor,” but include no names.
It includes headlines such as: “Why I Decided To Take My Mask Off,” and “Top-10 Mask Facts,” which includes bullet points claiming masks provide no protection from COVID-19.
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Another article entitled “Did Your Vote Count? Well, Maybe,” claims the author cast their ballot in January but that it wasn’t counted.
“It’s just a concern, anything that is divisive,” said the neighbor. “I think, if you’re trying to do something good and positive for your community, you would put your name on it, you would say: ‘Look, this is what I believe you may not agree with me, this is what I believe. If you believe it, too, and you want to talk to me about it? Here’s where you can find me.’”
The pamphlet says it was founded in 2021 “as an independent newspaper with the goal to communicate truth and accuracy in the current realm of public discourse in our community. We are your neighbors, your friends….Truth. Choice. Freedom.”
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Petchenik sent a message to an e-mail listed in the pamphlet seeking a response to concerns raised, but as of Wednesday afternoon, nobody had responded.
The neighbor told Petchenik she’s worried about misinformation being spread across her community.
“It’s challenging, because if you are a parent raising children, and you’re trying to raise your children in a certain way, whichever side you fall on the issue, you feel challenged to help your children learn to be good members of the community,” she said.