Romenesko reader “Pasquino” shares this email he sent today to New York Times editors:
Subject: Bogus New York Times stories popping up on FB
Several of my very astute, very politically involved friends have posted these stories [linked below] this morning thinking they came from the Times [because of the nytimes.com.co domain]. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish fact from satire. A counterfeit source doesn’t help.
Story #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5.
And Facebook is participating in this by including further bogus nytimes.com.co stories in their “suggested” links below these and other stories.
This bogus news site is trying to inoculate the Right and confuse the Left––and everyone else. Why? Just as a joke? I don’t think so. It’s meant to make us cynical. To get us to discount the real nonsense these people actually say. To make us think politics is a joke, something to laugh at rather than participate in, which is the opposite of what genuine satire like the Daily Show, Borowitz and Colbert aim to do.