Fake editions of Washington Post reports Trump resigns
Washington: Fake editions of The Washington Post reporting that President Donald Trump has resigned were being circulated at various locations in Washington on Wednesday.
The real Washington Post reported that fake newspapers could be the work of the activist group Code Pink, which posted a video to Facebook of co-founder Medea Benjamin passing out the parody copies.
“The crisis is over — Trump has left the White House.” Later, she adds, “You got to believe in The Washington Post.” said Benjamin to the people while distributing the papers.
The print papers dated May 1, 2019 looked similar to actual copies of The Washington Post and filled with anti-Trump stories, which also appeared on a website that mimicked the official Post site.
The headline “UNPRESIDENTED” was in capital letters. Below the headline and a photo, a second headline reads, “Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis.”
“Celebrations break out worldwide as Trump era ends” and “How DC stepped up to shut down Trump” were other headlines featured on the front page.
A group that describes itself as a “trickster activist collective” called the Yes Men said it produced the bogus newspapers and website which went offline Wednesday afternoon, reported the Washington Post.
“There are fake editions of The Washington Post being distributed around downtown DC, and we are aware of a website attempting to mimic The Post’s. They are not Post products, and we are looking into this,” tweeted Washington Post PR.
There are fake print editions of The Washington Post being distributed around downtown DC, and we are aware of a website attempting to mimic The Post’s. They are not Post products, and we are looking into this.— Washington Post PR (@WashPostPR) January 16, 2019