1.2 Million 'New York Times' Fakes Handed Out

By: Mantas Velykis - Published: • References: nytimes-se & cityroom.blogs.nytimes
Over a million copies of this edition of the New York Times was passed out by volunteers today. Too bad the headline, "Iraq War Ends" isn't true... yet. The newspaper, which was dated July 4, 2009, was handed out for free by volunteers around New York city Wednesday morning.

The paper "imagines a liberal utopia of national health care, a rebuilt economy, progressive taxation, a national oil fund to study climate change, and other goals of progressive politics," according to the NYTimes blog.

A few hours after being handed out at subway stops and busy areas around NYC, liberal pranksters 'Yes Man' announced that the 14-page newspapers were made by them.

"In an elaborate operation six months in the planning, 1.2 million papers were printed at six different presses and driven to prearranged pickup locations, where thousands of volunteers stood ready to pass them out on the street," Poynter.org says.

Pranksters also made a look-a-like webpage. Stats for Viral Newspapers Hoaxes Trending: Older & Chilly
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