PAXMAN BEWARE: PINKO SATIRE MAY BE OUT TO GET YOU
From Prospect Magazine (Issue 158, May 2009):
Among the odder sights at the recent G20 protests: anti-capitalist marchers cheerily handing out free copies of the Financial Times. It seemed a sad outlook for those hoping to bring down the system—until the presence of headlines like “capitalism isn’t really democracy” revealed that this particular pink ’un had been put together by a slightly different editorial team.
This latest line in news spoofing follows a similar mocking of the New York Times last year. And according to the editor, Raoul Djukanovic, who spoke to Prospect after the protests, the fake FT is just the beginning. Dubbing his group the Army of Notional Liberation, he characterised the 25,000 mock newspapers as “the opening salvo in a war against apathy in newsrooms,” which would also include a bold “hijacking” of a BBC flagship current affairs show. Djukanovic continued: “most stories get framed with government spin, or what business wants. Recently, the real FT reported that the ‘drive for growth will “ruin” the planet.’ We want to hear that daily, before it happens.” The G20 fake was certainly a top quality product, with features on “Celebrity culture rot,” the new “BBC swear quota” and advice from an agony aunt in “Dear Floozy.” Perhaps the original could even pick up a trick or two?