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Reuters, CNBC Fall for Bogus 'Climate Change' Stunt

Monday, 19 Oct 2009 04:38 PM

An elaborate hoax that involved a fake press release stating the Chamber of Commerce was throwing its support behind climate change legislation drew in Reuters, CNBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post before it was revealed as a fraud Monday.

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, according to Politico.

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

Reuters reported that “The Chamber of Commerce said on Monday it will no longer oppose climate change legislation, but wants the bill to include a carbon tax.”

It then 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.

The Yes Men, a left-leaning activist group that often impersonates officials from organizations they oppose, took responsibility for the hoax.

Read the full story at Politico.

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