Is this what journalism has become?
What a steaming pile of stinking conjecture that article was.
A random woman *just has a strong feeling* that her father may have interviewed Cheryl Strayed back in '95-- but has no proof whatsoever-- and you print this as fact? Unbelievable.
I understand that Cheryl Strayed and her multiple press people are going out of their way to scrub the internet of negative press so as to cover up Cheryl's obvious lies about her pretend hike on the PCT, but really, Vanity Fair? You're playing this game? Shame on you.
Your article proves nothing. 1) You do not have the article that Mr. Hobo Times supposedly wrote because it was never published (and likely never written). 2) You do not have the photograph that Mr. Hobo Times took of Cheryl (likely because it was never taken). 3) You have absolutely no proof of anything. All you have is someone who *just knows in her heart* that her dead father-- who conveniently cannot be interviewed-- talked to Cheryl Strayed when she was on her pretend hike. Oh, but wait, he had a Chrysler LeBaron and had butterscotch candies! Well, my mistake! Clearly, only one person in the world would fit that description! My goodness, you've solved it!
How dare you publish this garbage. Shame on you.
Why don't you spend some time doing some ACTUAL investigative journalism and look into Cheryl's obviously false claims about her hike-- or is that too much to ask? Her entire "memoir" is a fabrication. Her mileage doesn't add up. Her descriptions of the trail don't match. People have refused to come forward to validate her claim (go ahead, find the Three Young Bucks and see if they'll tell you everything is true, I dare you). Look into that if you want to prove that you're even half a step above The National Inquirer.
Shame on you. I'll never read your publication again. On the same note, I have thousands upon thousands of readers who will also boycott your magazine (and who will also tell their thousands upon thousands of friends to do the same) the minute I post your article, my synopsis of it and my encouragement to boycott you.
Please tell me that you're going to correct this.