This morning, commuters in New York City were handed free copies of what appeared to be the New York Times. In fact, what they had been given was a surprisingly elaborate forgery: A fake version of the paper dated July 4th, 2009 that offers as its lead story “IRAQ WAR ENDS.”
Other headlines in the paper, which is full of stories that, if true, would be cause for celebration among liberals, include “USA Patriot Act Repealed” and “National Health Insurance Act Passes”; the fake newspaper’s slogan is “All the news we hope to print.”
Here’s a video from the creators of the fake newspaper explaining what they did. (Note: The video includes an interview in front of the real New York Times building that appears staged, and other interviews may be as well.) They claim 1.2 million papers were printed and that the planning took six months:
The fake paper also has a Web site with all of its articles, which is here, though it has been loading slowly this morning. (That’s a screengrab of the Web site above.) Gawker traces the effort to a “longtime liberal prank group” known as The Yes Men.