- "Fertilizing the Truth by Natural Means."
- ―The newspaper slogan.
The Liberty Tree is a newspaper that serves Liberty City in 3D Universe and HD Universe. The Liberty Tree has been "Promoting Family values for over 50 years". Each issue costs $2.00 in Grand Theft Auto III, and $1.00 in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
The map that accompanied the game had a map provided by the newspaper. Liberty Tree was featured prominently in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories through Ned Burner, who pretends to be a preacher. He gives missions to protagonist Toni Cipriani from a confessional box in the Liberty City Cathedral saying that they will help save him. The first mission is to retrieve a briefcase from an FBI informant before he hands it to the FBI, and then delivering it to the Liberty Tree offices. Cipriani then steals another briefcase containing diamonds, and then creates chaos on Staunton Island whilst driving a Firetruck. The final mission for Burner was killing three celebrities (Faith W., DB-P and Black Lightman) on their way to an interview with Liberty City Free Radio. Burner would report on each story: the first about an athlete on steroids, the stealing of diamonds, chaos on Staunton Island and the death of three celebrities. Burner would eventually be killed by Cipriani on orders from Donald Love as Burner witnessed the killing of Avery Carrington. The user guide for GTA: LCS is in the form of a copy of the Liberty Tree.
Grand Theft Auto III
Liberty Tree was first featured in Grand Theft Auto III, copies of the paper featuring Claude with a different skin featuring the now famous headline Zombie Elvis Found! can be seen amongst debris particles that are blown around by the wind in the game. A Liberty Tree website was used as a teaser site. Articles appeared on the characters such as Salvatore Leone, Toni Cipriani, Joey Leone, Luigi Goterelli, Donald Love, Barry Harcross and Mayor Miles O’Donovan.
Grand Theft Auto IV
According to the Grand Theft Auto IV documentary "A History of Liberty City", the first Liberty Tree newspaper came out in 1835, however, citizens complained about this as they wanted less political news and more dirty news, like murder and rape.
In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Liberty Tree can be read on the in-game internet on the Liberty Tree website. It shows the happenings of the city, along with Niko's exploits. The Liberty Tree name is found on some Steed trucks. A Liberty Tree newspaper can be seen in certain interiors, with Manny Escuela on the front page.
Grand Theft Auto V
Articles from the Liberty Tree newspaper can be read in the in-game internet after some of the missions are completed: one of them even mentions a storm that hit and devastated Liberty City; others mention some of the events of the storyline, like the "disappearance" of Devin Weston.
- In GTA IV, the newspaper misspells Manny Escuela's name on the front page, spelling it as "Escuella". It also lists the date March 3, 2005 as a Tuesday, when in reality it was a Thursday, which is also somewhat erroneous, as GTA IV is set in 2008. However, as the bottom of the newspaper reads "Bronx Crime" (a real location as opposed to its Grand Theft Auto counterpart Bohan), it can be presumed that this was concept art early in development, which would explain the inaccuracies. Even more interestingly, New York City is mentioned in the articles, despite being set in the GTA equivalent of New York City. But the two cities could still exist together, as Miami exists next to Vice City.
- In GTA V, the article about the storm that hits and devastates Liberty City could be a reference to Hurricane Sandy that hit New York City that caused some devastating destruction to the city in 2012.
- In the Liberty Tree newspaper with the headline "MY EXPLODING HOOTERS RUINED OUR HONEYMOON", just above it, it reads "FREE BROADWAY TICKET PROMO". The same message also appears in another newspaper with the headline "MAYOR HONORS MANUEL ESCUELLA" above Manny Escuela's picture. The real Broadway is not mentioned in GTA IV. This is most likely an oversight by the developers.