Hoaxes

Chamber of Commerce Gets Punked

Those relieved by the announcement this morning that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has reversed its opposition to global warming should hold the celebrations: It turns out that the press conference announcing the Chamber’s reversal was a hoax, staged by a group called the Yes Men and the Avaaz Action Factory. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a parody of itself in running circles around its own position on climate," said Avaaz organizer David Sievers. "So Yes Men took the opportunity to parody them." The Washington Post, New York Times, and Reuters all originally reported on the press conference as though it were real. At one point, a spokesman from the actual Chamber showed up and yelled, “This is fraudulent!”