Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Video clip shows Marc Ecko tagging Air Force One.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
A number of errors in detail identified the airplane shown in the video as different than the one actually used for transporting the President from place to place. News accounts later carried explanations about how the perpetrators created the video clip:
The pranksters responsible for the grainy, two-minute Web video — employed by aThe stillfree.com site now carries a disclaimer informing readers:
"I wanted to do something culturally significant, wanted to create a real pop-culture moment," said Marc Ecko of Marc Ecko Enterprises. "It's this completely irreverent, over-the-top thing that could really never happen: this five-dollar can of paint putting a pimple on this Goliath."
Ecko acknowledged that his company had rented a 747 cargo jet at San Bernardino's airport and covertly painted one side to look like Air Force One. Employees signed secrecy agreements and worked inside a giant hangar until the night the video was made. Ecko declined to say how much the stunt cost.
"It's not cheap," he said. "You have to be rich."
You, the viewer of the preceeding are hereby advised that the video does not depict a real event. It is intended for the sole, limited and express purpose of entertainment and to induce you, the viewer of the video, to think critically about freedom of expression and speech and the government's responses to the same. Therefore, and by reason of the foregoing, the producers, creators and distributors of this video hereby verily certify that the foregoing fictionalization and dramatization was not real.Last updated: 21 April 2006
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