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Code Pink April Fool's Day Hoax in Berkeley: Marines leave!

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Published on Apr 1, 2008

This video is part of a report to be found at http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=3 . It shows a fake "news conference" conduted by Code Pink in front of the Marine recruiting center in Berkeley on April 1. The caption in the full report says: "This video shows how essentially amateurish the whole thing was. The first part shows the actor who was wearing the pink uniform, who was claiming to be a Marine Corps spokesman. He was so bad at reading his lines and at improvising that it was painful to watch. The second part shows "St. Stupid's Day" founder Ed Holmes portraying the building's landlord. Notice how in both cases, Medea Benjamin can't stand being upstaged, and cheers louder than the speakers at the podium."

The report explains things more fully:

"Code Pink — which already has quite a track record of ill-conceived stunts — added another lamebrained publicity blunder to their resume today with a puzzling April Fools' Day hoax in Berkeley.

This morning, a press release made the rounds of Bay Area activist groups and media outlets announcing that the Marine Corps was finally pulling its recruiting office out of Berkeley, and that a press conference and subsequent party were to be held at noon outside the office. I immediately suspected an April Fools' Day prank, but couldn't at first figure out who had sent the press release, since the wording only made Code Pink seem like children fantasizing about "wish-facts" that can actually come true if you just pretend hard enough. Surely it was someone yanking Code Pink's chain, mocking them for their infantile antics. So I decided to swing by the office at noon to watch how the whole thing played out — and see if Code Pink or anybody else was actually taken in by the hoax.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered Code Pink themselves setting up the faux news conference. The entire thing turned out to be a Code Pink production.

But why, why? What did they hope to achieve by this?"

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