Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pranksters print spoof NY Times

"Americans being given free health care"
BBC reports:
A fake edition of the New York Times announcing the end of the Iraq war has been handed out to commuters in the US. More than one million free copies of the 14-page "special edition" newspaper were distributed mainly in the cities of New York and Los Angeles. Another bogus story was about all Americans being given free health care. A liberal group called the Yes Men, well known in the US for its practical jokes, claimed responsibility for the elaborate prank. The fake paper - dated 4 July 2009 - had a motto on its front page which read "all the news we hope to print".

The hoax was accompanied by a web site that mimicked the look of The New York Times's real website. A page of the spoof site contained links to dozens of liberal organisations, which were also listed in the print edition. The fake edition surprised commuters, many of whom took the free copies thinking they were legitimate.