Fake Editions Of The Washington Post Distributed Around DC

January 16, 2019 - 1:33 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — A number of fake Washington Post newspapers were distributed around the nation’s capital Wednesday morning.

Washington Post reporter Erik Wemple said he found one of the fake editions on top of a garbage can inside Washington, D.C.’s central transit hub.

The front page of the paper read: “Unpresidented. Trump hastily departs White House ending crisis.”

Implying that President Donald Trump had resigned from office, it reported that the ongoing government shutdown had come to an end and Vice President Mike Pence had been sworn in.

A fake website mimicking that of the actual Washington Post was also created.

The newspaper’s verified public relations Twitter acknowledged the forgery Wednesday morning: “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.”

It's unclear who created the forgery, though the Post did note that Code Pink activists were seen on video handing out the copies.

According to Wemple, another article inside the paper implied major news outlets were also apologizing for President’s Trump “rise to power.”