Another brilliant stunt from the Yes Men: the New York pranksters sent out a fake press release this morning, pretending to be from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is reversing its opposition to the clean energy bill in Congress. It’s had a change of heart. It’s now taking climate change seriously, the press release said.
It was all a hoax, but before that was discovered Reuters, Fox Business Network, and CNBC reported the news as fact. The Chamber, which can’t seem to catch a break these days, clarified that it still, in fact, opposes the climate bill and thinks these shenanigans “undermine the genuine effort to find solutions on the challenge of climate change.” But the best fun happened at a fake press conference held by Yes Man Andy Bichlbaum, pretending to be a Chamber spokesperson. A real Chamber spokesman interrupts, and shouting and hilarity ensue. Watch it: