posted by GeoT
In a hoax right up there with the “Balloon Boy” saga a group annonces the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had reversed course on climate change…
…BUT OH, IF ONLY THE CHAMBER HAD THE INTEGRITY TO TAKE SUCH A STAND
Read the “press release” here: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces Free Enterprise Climate Policy
Will the real U.S. Chamber of Commerce please stand up?
Environmental activists held a hoax press conference Monday morning, pretending to be the business group — and pretending to announce that the chamber was dropping its opposition to climate-change legislation now in Congress.
The event, complete with fake handouts on chamber letterhead, at least a couple of fake reporters, and a podium adorned with the chamber logo, broke up when a spokesman from the real chamber burst in.
The devil does not change overnight. Someone or some organization sent out a hoax press release “from the US Chamber of Commerce” stating that the chamber no longer opposed the Waxman-Markey bill. As most hoaxes go, it needed a victim to fall for it.
The venerable news agency Reuters fell for the hoax and published a story that went instantly into the Google News feed.
Climate legislation supporters say AVAAZ Action Factory is responsible for the release.
The group, known for its activist media stunts, has not returned calls for comment. But a post on the group’s Web site says has plans to “make this the worst Monday ever for the anti-climate PR machine at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “
Last April, AVAAZ broadcast an ad on Washington TV stations spoofing an Exxon Mobile campaign about the oil company’s environmental work.
CNBC falls for it hook line and sinker:
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