“IRAQ WAR ENDS”, as reported in the New York Times (hopeful faux edition)

Thanks Tribal Scribal, for the following article.

Imagine – an entire edition of the New York Times reminiscent of the Seussian “If I ran the zoo” and all that. I wish I had a copy of this in my possession….

New York Times edition, July 4th, 2009 totally faux, totally hopeful

New York Times edition, July 4th, 2009 totally faux, totally hopeful

November 12, 2008


Thousands of volunteers behind elaborate operation

* PDF: http://www.nytimes-se.com/pdf
* Ongoing video releases: http://www.nytimes-se.com/video

* The New York Times responds: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/pranksters-spoof-the-times/

Hundreds of independent writers, artists, and activists are claiming credit for an elaborate project, 6 months in the making, in which 1.2 million copies of a “special edition” of the New York Times were distributed in cities across the U.S. by thousands of volunteers.

The papers, dated July 4th of next year, were headlined with long-awaited news: “IRAQ WAR ENDS”. The edition, which bears the same look and feel as the real deal, includes stories describing what the future could hold: national health care, the abolition of corporate lobbying, a maximum wage for CEOs, etc. There was also a spoof site, at http://www.nytimes-se.com/.

“Is this true? I wish it were true!” said one reader. “It can be true, if we demand it.”

“We wanted to experience what it would look like, and feel like, to read headlines we really want to read. It’s about what’s possible, if we think big and act collectively,” said Steve Lambert, one of the project’s organizers and an editor of the paper.

“This election was a massive referendum on change. There’s a lot of hope in the air, but there’s a lot of uncertainty too. It’s up to all of us now to make these headlines come true,” said Beka Economopoulos,
one of the project’s organizers.

“It doesn’t stop here. We gave Obama a mandate, but he’ll need mandate after mandate after mandate to do what we elected him to do. He’ll need a lot of support, and yes, a lot of pressure,” said Andy Bichlbaum, another project organizer and editor of the paper.

The people behind the project are involved in a diverse range of groups, including The Yes Men, the Anti-Advertising Agency, CODEPINK, United for Peace and Justice, Not An Alternative, May First/People
Link, Improv Everywhere, Evil Twin, and Cultures of Resistance.

In response to the spoof, the New York Times said only, “We are looking into it.” Alex S. Jones, former Times reporter who is an authority on the history of the paper, says: “I would say if youÕve got one, hold on to it. It will probably be a collectorÕs item.”

One Response to ““IRAQ WAR ENDS”, as reported in the New York Times (hopeful faux edition)”

  1. It would require totalitarianism to put a cap on income; even taxing it at 100% past a certain point would be counter-productive to our society, our culture, and our country. Even though some of the salaries are obscene, given the state of the corporations they have created, it is still up to the owners of the companies how much they are willing to pay each of their workers.

    The most liberal person here would not want totalitarinism.

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