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‘Real‘ News Networks Fall For Email Hoax

From the Politico:

CNBC, Reuters fall for climate hoax

By: Lisa Lerer and Tim Grieve
October 19, 2009

In a dramatic shift, the Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it is throwing its support behind climate change legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate.

Only it didn’t.

An e-mail press release announcing the change is a hoax, say Chamber officials.

Several media organizations fell for it.

A CNBC anchor interrupted herself mid-sentence Monday morning to announce that the network had “breaking news,” then cut away to reporter Hampton Pearson, who read from the fake press release.

Pearson quickly followed up with a second report saying the “so-called bulletin” was an “absolute hoax.” Smelling a rat, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow demanded to know whether the White House had been involved.

In a story posted Monday morning, Reuters declared: “The Chamber of Commerce said on Monday it will no longer opposes climate change legislation, but wants the bill to include a carbon tax.”

Reuters updated the story to acknowledge the hoax, but it was too late: The Washington Post and the New York Times had already posted the fake story on their Web sites.

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…

Of course our media watchdogs were only too eager to run with this.

Why is that?

By the way, we have checked both Annenberg/CNN’s FactCheck.org and Snopes. Neither mention this Chamber of Commerce hoax.

Instead, on the Snopes forum, we have this snide comment from Mr. Snopes himself.




The chamber opposes many of the Obama administration’s major energy policies and has called for a "Snopes Monkey trial-like" examination of the evidence for and against global warming.

I hate to disappoint the U.S. CoC, but we don’t own any monkeys.

Who are they trying to kid?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “‘Real‘ News Networks Fall For Email Hoax”

  1. Liberals Demise says:


    Like cattle to the slaughter house.
    What a bunch of lemmings!

    (And they say Fox News isn’t news worthy)

  2. proreason says:

    “All the propaganda that’s fit to print”

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    The blind leading the blind. You know what happens when you only have one oar in the water.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Better yet ….. what is the sound of one hand clapping?

    • Confucius says:

      I have to say, I prefer the sound of one-handed clapping over the endless clapping that started circa November 2008.

      It’s like a pep rally at the Special Olympics.

      It doesn’t know when to stop.

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