The New York Times has a keen understanding of who their readers are and what they need. This is why when the newspaper learned that many of their readers believed the pictures on the paper to be real, they quickly stepped in to properly educate them.
An expert in Manuscript Imagery Authentication, or ‘MIA’ was called into the Times’ building to help some of the more confused subscribers.
“So last week when you guys ran that story about global warming and you showed me a Polar Bear,” a perplexed reader began. “That…. That wasn’t a real, miniature Polar Bear?”
The MIA rep was quick to help.
“No, Blake. Again, while it looked just like a Polar Bear, it was simply a picture of the animal. Remember, we talked about this before lunch? Printers applied a thin layer of ink onto paper and that’s what you’re seeing.”
“Because I have a cat, ya know? And I can’t have little Polar Bears running around,” Blake interjected as the instructor became visibly upset.
Many Times readers shared Blake’s confusion. Dozens of hands simultaneously rose for questions.
However, before the MIA rep could begin answering their questions, President Donald Trump was spotted in the conference room and absolute mayhem broke out.
“IT’S HIM! RUN!” a woman screamed not bothering to open the large glass door but instead running through it. All the attendees immediately followed, many injuring themselves with broken glass.
“You guys,” the dejected MIA rep quietly said while slowly packing up his papers in the now empty room. “That’s.. that was just a picture of the President.”