Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prank group falsifies end of Iraq War  

This is the FAKE New York Times handed out by pranksters. It is NOT real.

Today, in New York City, thousands of copies of this fake New York Times paper were handed out, convincing people that the War in Iraq was over and the troops were coming home immediately. The paper was dated July 2009, and is filled with dozens of other news stories that would let every Liberal die happy - including "Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge" and "USA Patriot Act Repealed." It's a "Liberal utopia," as the (real) New York Times puts it. The prank group that issued it, The Yes Men, even created an entire fake NY Times website to go along with the special issue. This is one of the most elaborate pranks I've ever seen.

While I do think this was an interesting political statement, I'm going to give this prank a giant thumbs down. Convincing hopeful people who might possibly have loved ones in Iraq that the war they all loathe is finally over? Not cool. Really not cool. There's even a video that shows a couple reactions of ecstatic Americans:

It's just really... sad. I mean, I'm sure not everyone fell for it, but can you imagine how happy the people who did fall for it must have been? Frankly, I'm not sure how The Yes Men and their supporters were able to do this with a clear conscience.

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1 comments: to “ Prank group falsifies end of Iraq War

  • November 12, 2008 at 11:18 PM  

    I think the majority of people actually thought it was real. Most people saw it as a point about hope and creating the world we wished we had. If you were, for some reason, convinced that it was the real NYT, (even though it was free and the back had no print) and then found out otherwise, wouldn't it make you think?

    Besides, if the troops were really coming home, don't you think some of them might have called their families, instead of everyone reading it for the first time in the paper?