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.”
Apparently in the city the nypd has a stop-and-kiss policy where cops can stop you if you look suspicious and kiss you—
〽️ (@Missng_No) December 05, 2013
the stop and kiss police enforcement program cannot be real life—
motive (@mariahsuxx) December 04, 2013
Stop and kiss ? NYPD need to chill—
#TeamTiana (@tianaaaax33) December 04, 2013
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.”