Yes men NYT hijinks

Yes-men-nytThe Yes Men — the fabulous pranksters who got Bush to admit he thought  there should be limits on freedom of speech and who have passed themselves off as all manner of authority figures, including WTO reps and Dow Chemical spokesmen, to terrible and hilarious effect — this morning recruited volunteers through grassroots site Because We Want It to distribute copies of a fake version of the New York Times. Headlines proclaim “Iraq War Ends,” “Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge,” and many more hopeful fantasies. Here’s the online version, which is a spittin’ image of the Times site — except of course that it allows comments on all of its stories.

Gawker describes.

NYT reacts.

Ebay commodifies.

Yesmen weighs in.

And luckily the NYT is flattered. Alex S. Jones of the NYT City Blog says: “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.”

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