Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NRA Official Used Pseudonym in Anti-Waco, Clinton Letters

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NRA Official Used Pseudonym in Anti-Waco, Clinton Letters

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When it comes to criticizing federal agents for their missteps at Waco, Texas, or bashing President Bill Clinton for his belief in gun-control laws, few are as shrill as Theodore H. Fiddleman.

Dozens of essays and letters to the editor have been printed under his name in major publications in recent years. His most recent letter was published in the Washington Post last Friday, when Fiddleman mocked federal agents' tendency to "confuse executing warrants and executing women and children."

Yet Theodore Fiddleman does not exist. The supposed free-lance writer from Arlington, Va., is an invention of Paul H. Blackman, the research coordinator for the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action. Blackman also has said he is a member of the NRA task force helping Republicans on the House committee currently holding hearings on the Waco fiasco.

In an interview Blackman, 51, initially denied he was Fiddleman, saying Fiddleman was a friend who had lived at his house while going through a divorce. …

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