NEW YORK (PIX11) – The Onion has (hilariously) fooled many people once again.
The online satire news site released a video on the NYPD’s controversial “stop-and-kiss program” — and people believed it.
“A policing procedure in New York continues to draw controversy this week as thousands took to the streets to protest the NYPD’s stop-and-kiss program,” fictional news anchor Rachel Cole read in the broadcast. “The policy, which allows officers to kiss anyone they think looks suspicious, has been the subject of criticism from those who say it’s a violation of privacy and a potential breach of constitutional rights.”
The Onion’s video fooled many people at a time when the NYPD’s real policy, stop-and-frisk, has been headlining the news for months. The site continued to the troll with the announcement of Bill Bratton as New York City’s next police commissioner.
Many have been tricked by the site’s clever writing, with even the New York Times falling for an article profiling President Obama in the tween magazine “Tiger Beat.”