A week after anarchists subverted USA Today, another left leaning group has released a spoof version of the New York Times.
The hoax–complete with a special version of the New York Times’ website–involved several hundred volunteers who distributed the 14-page paper for free at subway stations in New York City. By 11am today, the New York Times was reporting on the hoax.
The fake paper–which featured articles on health care, the Iraq War, the PATRIOT Act and the economy along with headlines like “Universities to be free” and “Thomas Freidman to resign“–was designed to advocate further pressure on the Obama administration according to a press release:
There is also a timeline describing the gains brought about by eight months of progressive support and pressure, culminating in President Obama’s “Yes we REALLY can” speech. (The paper is post-dated July 4, 2009.)
“It’s all about how at this point, we need to push harder than ever,” said Bertha Suttner, one of the newspaper’s writers. “We’ve got to make sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what we elected them to do. After eight, or maybe twenty-eight years of hell, we need to start imagining heaven.”
Along with the articles, the paper featured a lengthy list of groups that people can get involved with to make the changes outlined within the paper.
According to the people who made the paper, 1.2 million copies were distributed.