Submitted by Diane Farsetta on
"Public relations firms across the country predict massive layoffs in the coming months due to recent legislation outlawing the firms' most lucrative practices," according to an article in a spoof edition of the New York Times, dated July 4, 2009. The real Times reports, "In an elaborate hoax, pranksters distributed thousands of copies ... Wednesday morning at busy subway stations around the city." The lead story of the spoof paper is "Iraq War Ends." Other stories detailed similar wonders, including "national health care, a rebuilt economy, progressive taxation, [and] a national oil fund to study climate change." The spoof "special edition" Times is also online, where it 'reports' that "new regulations carefully scrutinize government contracts with for-profit public relations companies. ... The new rules would have forbidden the creation of the National Smokers Alliance, a front group formed by Philip Morris with the help of P.R. giant Burson Marsteller." The spoof paper has been linked to the Yes Men, a political satire group that's previously targeted the World Trade Organization and Dow Chemical Company.
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More on the NYT "special edition"
Author, artist and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore has been writing about the process behind the "special edition" New York Times (and her frustration with it) on her new blog, [http://theprivatelifeofthepublicintellectual.wordpress.com/ Democracy Guest List].
She also points to a [[video news release]] put out by the people behind the "special edition" (who include but are not limited to the Yes Men). You can see the fake TV news behind the fake print news, here: