Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fake editions of Washington Post falsely claim Trump resigns

Fake editions of Washington Post falsely claim Trump resigns

A number of fake news websites, for instance, decorate their pages with the official (but unaffiliated) logos of genuine news publications and use URLs that seem at first glance to correspond with the landing pages of legit news sources.

The Post is narrowly correct that the public inclines against seeing immigration as a crisis, but with 47 percent saying it is a "serious problem" and only 26 percent saying it is not a serious problem, it looks like Trump has a winning hand on this issue, no matter how the shutdown is resolved.

"They are not Post products, and we are looking into this", The Washington Post said in a tweet. Later, she adds, "You gotta believe in The Washington Post".

"While we love the headline, we didn't produce today's satirical Washington Post".

News agency PTI in a report said that a middle-aged woman outside the White House told its reporter: "Grab this special edition of The Washington Post".

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As copies of the counterfeit paper were distributed outside the White House and the city's train station, the Post'sPR team rushed to clarify the obvious: The "news" is fake.

Fake editions of The Washington Post were circulating in the nation's capital Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports from news outlets and posts on social media. The stories and a PDF of the spoof newspaper were also published on a website that imitated the Washington Post's homepage. (The story may have been a nod to annual Women's March events that are scheduled for Saturday, January 19.) In addition to the stories, the biggest difference from the real Post was the date on the fake papers, which was May 1, 2019.

Another story, "The Civil War that Never Was" claims that Trump urged his supporters to take arms to defend his presidency, an abject failure that led to four arrests when a "handful of Trump supporters heeded the call" and were overwhelmed by a peaceful protest of 1.5 million in the National Mall.

The White House hasn't addressed the counterfeit papers. And yes, they're made fake newspapers before, too. "The story this paper tells is more reasonable than our current reality", Roychoudhuri said in the statement.

She said she created the fake paper in collaboration with author Onnesha Roychoudhuri and the activist pranksters known as the Yes Men. Co-author L.A. Kauffman argued that the fake is "anything but far-fetched" and "offers a blueprint to help us reclaim our democracy". We're already seeing unprecedented levels of protest and resistance.

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