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A Times parody sounds a bit like the wish-list of the Times editorial page: “Articles described a nation turned hard left: nationalized oil companies, a ‘maximum wage’ law, the enactment of national health insurance, President Bush indicted for treason and evangelical churches providing sanctuary for Iraqi refugees.”

Posted by: Clay Waters
11/13/2008 1:00:06 PM

A spectacle in New York City Wednesday morning proved the Times isn’t actually beyond parody — yet. Yesterday a fake New York Times was handed out to Manhattan commuters, an elaborate, 14-page parody dated July 4, 2009. (You can watch a brief MSNBC news clip on the fake Times on Times Watch’s sister site Eyeblast.tv.)

The Times itself took notice in a brief Arts section story Thursday:

Thousands of New York commuters on Wednesday morning were handed copies of a newspaper that looked a lot like The New York Times, with a main headline blaring “IRAQ WAR ENDS.” Articles described a nation turned hard left: nationalized oil companies, a “maximum wage” law, the enactment of national health insurance, President Bush indicted for treason and evangelical churches providing sanctuary for Iraqi refugees.

Sounds like a wish-list from the Times’ editorial page.

A left-wing collective called the Yes Men has claimed responsibility for the project. A New York Post editorial claimed that three Times journalists actually took part:

…it not only looked exactly like the Times — it read like it, too.

No surprise, then, when a spokesman for the parody admitted that three Times journalists – whose names he refused to reveal — took part in the project.

For them, it was probably nothing more than just another day’s work

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