The Yes Men and The Anti-Advertising Agency printed and distributed thousands of copies of a fake version of the New York Times dated July 4, 2009 with the headline “Iraq War Ends”. They recruited volunteers through the website Because We Want It to distribute the fake paper.
The paper was full of news that most of us wish we could read if given the chance. Articles included politicians and citizens getting together to solve vexing issues such as Global Warming, the economy, energy, and an end to wars..
Alex S. Jones in the New York Times City Room Blog looked favorable on the exploit: “I would say if you’ve got one, hold on to it. It will probably be a collector’s item. I’m just glad someone thinks The New York Times print edition is worthy of an elaborate hoax. A Web spoof would have been infinitely easier. But creating a print newspaper and handing it out at subway stations? That takes a lot of effort. I consider this a gigantic compliment to The Times.”
Below: CNN interview with Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Menand Steve Lambert of the Anti-Advertising Agency.