Fake 'Fake News' Edition of WaPo Hits D.C. Streets
It's Salvador Dali's world and we're just living in it.
A parody edition of the Washington Post was distributed around Washington, D.C., angering the real Post and creating a media sensation.
The brainchild of some liberal activists, the parody features a headline, "Unpresidented," and tells the story of Trump resigning.
The newspaper felt compelled to assure the public the paper was not their product.
Other headlines on the fake website read, "Celebrations break out worldwide as Trump era ends" and,
It was not immediately clear who created the fakes.
A "trickster activist collective" called The Yes Men claimed to have produced the paper, along with writer Onnesha Roychoudhuri and author L.A. Kauffman.
A newspaper known for creating fake news feels it necessary to say the fake news distributed on the streets was not their fake news.
“The story this paper tells is more reasonable than our current reality,” Roychoudhuri said in a statement on the site. “And it’s anything but far-fetched. We’re already seeing unprecedented levels of protest and resistance. Now we just need to ask ourselves: What’s next? This paper offers a blueprint to help us reclaim our democracy.”
Is it really "reasonable" to say that Trump will step down voluntarily? Is it "anything but far-fetched"? Sheesh.
You had to guess that Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin would be smack in the middle of this
Benjamin said in an interview with POLITICO that Code Pink was one of "many distributors," but would not disclose what other organizations were circulating the 10,000 copies of the paper. She also said she is "not at liberty to tell" who produced the paper.
She said that the paper was "using the Women's March as an opportunity to give a sense of our hopes and dreams to people participating in these marches over the weekend." The third annual Women's March is being held on Saturday.
Women's marches are being cancelled all across the country, heavyweight sponsors like the Democratic Party are withdrawing their support, and Benjamin wants to give credit to the Women's March for Trump's supposed downfall?
Some on the right had a little fun on Twitter at WaPo's expense: