Iraq war ends? New York
Times spoof says so
Nov 13 (DPA) The war in Iraq is over, and President George
W. Bush has been indicted for treason - so it must have been
a particularly busy news day at The New York Times.
news, self-fulfilling prophecy or just a very elaborate hoax?
least 1.2 million copies of a fake edition of the Times was
handed out Wednesday morning to New York commuters, replete
with alarming headlines - for some, almost too good to be
the replica of the print edition was a website, which again
looked like the Times: http://www.nytimes-se.com/
copies of the 14-page newspaper, which looked exactly like
the real Times, were distributed at busy subway stations across
the city. Many commuters might not have noticed the fine print
- the paper was dated July 4, 2009, US independence day.
the other gems that made front-page news: USA Patriot Act
repealed; torture, rendition: "not such good ideas after
all"; ex-secretary apologizes for WMD scare; and maximum
wage law for CEOs succeeds.
emerged later in the day that the newspaper was the work of
a liberal group called the Yes Men, who issued a statement:
"In an elaborate operation six months in the planning,
1.2 million papers were printed at six different presses and
driven to prearranged pickup locations, where thousands of
volunteers stood ready to pass
spoof paper included the usual sections - international, national,
New York, business sections, editorials and corrections.
were several advertisements, including a recall notice for
all cars that run on gasoline.
all about how at this point, we need to push harder than ever,"
said Bertha Suttner, one of the newspaper's writers.
got to make sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what
we elected them to do. After eight, or maybe 28, years of
hell, we need to start imagining heaven," she wrote in
a press release published on the website of the Poynter Institute,
a journalism think tank.
New York Times blog - the real one - quoted Catherine J Mathis,
a Times spokeswoman, as saying: "This is obviously a
fake issue of the Times. We are in the process of finding
out more about it."
pranksters interviewed several gullible commuters and posted
the video on the internet. One said, "I can't believe
it - the war is over. Wow!"
said: "I knew change was coming to America - I just didn't
expect it so fast."