Washington Faux-st: Fake WaPo Paper Hails Trump’s Exit From Presidency

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: Washington Post logo outside of the building covered with snow. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
January 16, 2019 11:19 a.m.

Fake print editions of the Washington Post are circulating in Washington, D.C., with the headline “UNPRESIDENTED” screaming across the page, surrounded by fake articles about President Donald Trump stepping down from the presidency.

According to the Washington Post’s Twitter account, there is also a website mimicking the outlet’s.

Some of the visible headlines read: “Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis,” “Celebrations break out worldwide as Trump era ends,” “From #MeToo to ‘you’re fired’” and “Pres. Pence begins ‘clipped duck’ term.”

A Huffington Post reporter got a shot of an inside section.

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A trickster activist duo called “The Yes Men” seems to be taking responsibility for the stunt. Onnesha Roychoudhuri, part of the duo and alleged paper creator, said that the paper “offers a blueprint to help us reclaim our democracy.”

An email to the account listed on The Yes Men’s post about the papers bounced, but a call was answered by a pre-recorded message: “Thank you for calling the Washington Post. Your call is important to us.” The phone rang a few times and went to a voicemail box.

An initial report attributed the phony papers to progressive group MoveOn, but they denied responsibility (though applauded the headline).

CODEPINK, a women-led grassroots organization, also posted a video of members passing out the papers. The organization did not immediately confirm or deny authorship of the satirical edition.

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