Friday, 14 November 2008

The news paper headline we never thought we'd see! (atleast not any time soon)

New York Times reports end to Iraq war


If only! Unfortunately, this monumental headline was created by infamous viral pranksters "The Yes Men". The Yes Men, the subject of a documentary film in 2003 and labelled "anti-economic liberalization activists" created a 14-page special edition of this New York Times-a-like and an accompanying website which mimics the real New York Times home page. The Fake edition, dated July 4th 2009, was printed and handed out by volunteers at New York Subway stations on Wednesday morning and many passers by took them believing they were genuine. If the bold faux headline wasn't enough, other revolutionary stories printed inside the Yes Men's special Edition were articles about Bush being indicted for the Iraq war, NHS for the American people and other stories of progressive politics and taxation.

Internet and email based hoaxes are one thing, but they've really outdone themselves this time by orchestrating the printing and handing out of a fake edition of the New York Times.

Catherine J. Mathis, a spokesperson for the Times said: "This is obviously a fake issue. We are in the process of finding out more about it."

Whilst another Times employee responded more humorously on the real Times site stating: "Sorry, folks, the paper isn’t free. And the Iraq war isn’t over, at least not yet."

If you've never heard of The Yes Men before, check them out:


www.theyesmen.org/

I really admire and respect this type of socially conscious tom-foolery.

- Mr. Devo

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Lolly said...

haha are these the ones that did that fake headline that bush was dead??

16 November 2008 at 14:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think so, yeah.

17 November 2008 at 07:14  

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