The newspapers have had a rough time. There is dwindling circulation and advertisers are going to the internet. On top of that, The New York Times has to deal with pranksters. Some citizens of New York City were surprised to read the headline “Iraq War Ends”:
“…In an elaborate hoax, pranksters distributed thousands of free copies of a spoof edition of The New York Times on Wednesday morning at busy subway stations around the city, including Grand Central Terminal, Washington and Union Squares, the 14th and 23rd Street stations along Eighth Avenue, and Pacific Street in Brooklyn, among others.”
The spoofed edition is months ahead of the chronological date. The date of the spoof is July 4, 2009. Welcome to the future… The New York Times is not giving away its print edition for free yet.