Like virtually everyone else, I’ve been fascinated by two or three great news stories related to the 2008 election.
- First, I loved the “Fake New York Times” created by the Yes Men, with the famous headline declaring an end to the war in Iraq. I would love to have a hard copy, but the web version is a pretty sophisticated match, and the mock resignation by Thomas “Suck on This” Friedman is pretty terrific. The Gawker’s story about the hoax is pretty solid, as is the story by the real New York Times. According to a press release from the Yes Men, the prank took six months to plan and execute, and the paper included recall notices for all cars that run on gasoline. I loved the Yes Men documentary when it came out and have a special fondness for this kind of prankster-activism, when it’s done well, and it’s not much of a stretch to guess that the fake New York Times has a number of headlines that many of us would love to see in the real version of the newspaper.
- Karina expands upon a story originally reported by The New York Times on the mysterious case of Martin Eisenstadt, a fake policy adviser to John McCain. It turns out that Eisenstadt was the creation of Dan Mirvish, co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival, and Eitan Gorlin, director of The Holy Land. Eisenstadt is currently taking credit for leaking the information that Sarah Palin believed that Africa was a country on his “fake” blog, of course (where Eisenstadt is currently denying the claim that he doesn’t exist), and the news was reported on MSNBC where David Schuster repeated Eisenstadt’s claim. Eisenstadt is also featured in the fake BBC documentary, The Last Republican, which you can watch in sections on YouTube. And, of course, you can see Eisenstadt respond to his treatment in the documentary, here.