You're familiar with Mad Libs -- the game in which players randomly fill in blanks to turn a song lyric, story or whatever into something entirely different? Right now, the mysterious individuals behind a website that falsely claims to be the Denver Daily News are doing something similar to copy from the Denver Post.
Example: A story about Chad Yancey, who's been accused of sexually assaulting a thirteen-year-old girl and menacing her little brother. Here's the first sentence of the Post's story: "A sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl and a subsequent attack on her brother has resulted in multiple charges against the suspect."
And here's how it reads in the bogus DDN's version: "A passionate conflict upon a 13-year-old lady as well as a successive conflict upon her hermit has resulted in mixed charges opposite a suspect."
What the hell's going on? That's what Kristie Hannon, publisher of the real Daily News, would like to know.
"You're not the first person who's come to me thinking this is us," Hannon says. "The Post called, and they were under the assumption this was us as well. They said, 'You're posting our news on your website.' And I said, 'This isn't us.'"
Hannon's done some snooping around on the faux-News site, and she thinks it's possible the operation has been running since October -- or at least there are stories on it that go back that far. "It looks like they're taking bits and pieces from other news sources and running them on their site -- and filtering them through other things," she notes.
As funny as the results can be, Hannon isn't laughing. "Obviously, this is an issue, since they're using our name," she says.
To that end, she sent an e-mail through the website yesterday asking to speak to whoever's in charge. If she doesn't receive a response shortly, she plans to get a lawyer involved.
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Here's the entire article about Yancey as it appeared in the bogus Denver Daily News:
A passionate conflict upon a 13-year-old lady as well as a successive conflict upon her hermit has resulted in mixed charges opposite a suspect.
The Denver district attorney's bureau pronounced currently it has filed charges of passionate assault, second-degree abduction as well as ominous opposite 28-year-old Chad Yancey.
The charges lay which Yancey, who was staying during a victim's home, intimately assaulted a 13-year-old lady as she was you do washing in a groundwork of a home.
Prosecutors additionally lay which Yancey afterwards in jeopardy a victim's hermit with a blade as he chased Yancey out of a residence as well as down a street.
Police were means to meddle as well as detain Yancey.
Lynn Kimbrough, mouthpiece for a Denver DA's office, pronounced a review is persisting as well as there might be alternative people allegedly victimized by Yancey.
Individuals with report about Yancey, or alternative victims, should hit Investigator Jeff Watts during 720-913-9168.
Yancey is in control during a Denver County Jail where his down payment has been set during $150,000.
His rough conference is scheduled for Mar 16. Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And here's the much less amusing text from the Denver Post article:
A sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl and a subsequent attack on her brother has resulted in multiple charges against the suspect.
The Denver district attorney's office said today it has filed charges of sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping and menacing against 28-year-old Chad Yancey.
The charges allege that Yancey, who was staying at the victim's home, sexually assaulted the 13-year-old girl as she was doing laundry in the basement of the home.
Prosecutors also allege that Yancey then threatened the victim's brother with a knife as he chased Yancey out of the house and down the street.
Police were able to intervene and arrest Yancey.
Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver DA's office, said the investigation is on-going and there may be other people allegedly victimized by Yancey.
Individuals with information about Yancey, or other victims, should contact Investigator Jeff Watts at 720-913-9168.
Yancey is in custody at the Denver County Jail where his bond has been set at $150,000.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 16. Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or email@example.com