It’s pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point. Some hoaxes are fun and pleasant, others malicious and unpleasant. We’d like a way to tell the difference (Robert Carroll).

Nov 2, 2008

Nixon for President

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994)
was the thirty-seventh President of the United States (1969–1974),
and the only president to ever resign from office.


On April Fools Day, 1992, John Hockenberry on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” program, pulled off a classic hoax. He enlisted the help of comedian Rich Little who impersonated the voice of Richard Nixon. Hockenberry announced that Nixon had decided to run for President again and aired the Rich Little-created audio clips to lend credence to his claim. In one clip, Little as Nixon said, "I never did anything wrong, and I won’t do it again." Hockenberry then asked real guests for their astute, political analysis. Listeners were outraged and phoned NPR in masses to express this. Hockenberry disclosed the ruse later that day in his program.


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