“Based on a True Story”—Except For the Parts That Aren’t

From a New York Times story by Jeremy W. Peters and Nicole Sperling headlined “‘Based on a True Story’ (Except the Parts That Aren’t)”:

The following stories are not based on real events. In fact, they’re completely made up — even thought they’re meant to seem real.

No, Queen Elizabeth’s staff never hid a copy of The Sunday Times from her because of a devastating, but nonexistent, front-page headline: “Queen Should Abdicate in Favour of Prince of Wales — Half of British Public Agrees.”