The alleged Jan. 22, 2012, Washington Post Page 1 at left has been circulating on Facebook, and who knows where else, since Newt Gingrich took the South Carolina primary. It is, of course, a fake. As is obvious from the real front page, at right, courtesy of the Newseum, the Post currently uses “downstyle” heads, so the capitalization of the banner headline is wrong.
The lead deck in all caps also clearly deviates from the Post’s style.
An elementary Google search on the two surviving headlines, “Treasury invokes patriotism in pitch to bank executives” and “Obama Adds $60 Billion to Economic Plan,” shows that they are from the Oct. 14, 2008, edition of the Post. Evidently, the Post still used upstyle heds in 2008.
A little more research indicates that the photograph of President Obama was taken by White House photographer Pete Souza, on Jan. 24, 2011, and is posted on Flickr.
I will leave it to others to track down the culprit of this rather transparent fakery, which is not the first example of a hoax in American politics and unfortunately, surely not to be the last.