So apparently, Universal Pictures used fabricated news archives to promote "The Fourth Kind." Fabrication? Really?
According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Universal created an elaborate series of online news articles in the promotion for its movie, “The Fourth Kind.” The movie claims to be a true story about a plague of alien abductions in Nome a decade ago.
To bolster that claim, articles were posted that professed to be from real Alaska publications, but were actually created to bolster the movie’s storyline.
The articles included an obituary and news story about the death of a character in the movie, Dr. William Tyler, that supposedly were from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Neither the story nor the obituary ever appeared in the newspaper.
Fake articles were listed from other newspapers in Alaska, including The Nome Nugget, alongside authentic news stories. Part of the settlement also requires Universal to remove the fake “news articles” promoting the movie from the internet.
So now, Universal has agreed to pay $20,000 to the Alaska Press Club. The studio will also contribute $2,500 to a scholarship fund for Calista Corp.
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