I'm watching Morning Joe on MSNBC when out comes one of my favorite political commentators, comedian/actor Richard Belzer. For those who don't know, Belzer is known for playing the same character, Det. John Munch, on several television shows, from Law & Order: SVU to The X-Files and most notably Homicide: Life on the Streets.
He's also an unfiltered, fire-breathing leftist. Underneath his arm Belzer was carrying a new parody newspaper, My Wall Street Journal, which he writes for.
It's a riot. With headlines like "Bush Abolishes Death...Move Will Benefit McCain"
From The NY Times:
"The tabloid-format satire, “My Wall Street Journal,” mostly sets out to skewer The [Wall Street] Journal’s new owner, the News Corporation, and its chairman, Rupert Murdoch, with swipes at News Co. properties like Fox News, The New York Post and The Journal itself. It takes aim at other targets, too, including Wall Street firms and traders, and assorted politicians and pundits."
Funnier still, the NY Times reported that a person who supposedly works for the real Wall Street Journal tried to hoard all the copies at a newsstand. The WSJ spokesperson declined to comment.
From Huffington Post:
"My Wall Street Journal, a parody of the Wall Street Journal on newsstands this week to mark the April 15 tax deadline, has rankled News Corp executives so much that they're trying to make sure no one sees it. The New York Times' Richard Perez-Pena reports that a WSJ representative attempted to snatch up all the copies in the Los Angeles area, where they made public a bit ahead of schedule."
Maybe some ambitious Louisville satirist will start My Courier's Journal or The Acceleration, if not in print then at least online. Below is another part of the MyWSJ campaign, a video a faux-Murdoch reacting to the newspaper.