U.S. Chamber of Commerce Gets Punk’d
Reporting from Washington – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce fell victim to identity theft Monday when activist pranksters sent out a fake press release and staged a phony news conference to announce the organization’s endorsement of climate-change legislation.
“There is only one sound way to do business,” said prepared remarks included with the ersatz release. “That’s to support a strong climate-change bill quickly so . . . President Obama can lead the entire business world in ensuring our long-term prosperity.”
In reality, the chamber has opposed most climate-change legislation, expressing concerns that it was not sufficiently comprehensive and international and that it imposed too high a regulatory burden.
The briefing at the National Press Club — complete with the chamber’s logo on the lectern — did not last long. Within a few minutes, a real chamber official, communications director Eric Wohlschlegel, walked in and announced: “This is a fraudulent press activity, and a stunt.”
Good stuff. One thing I don’t get, though. These pranksters have staged pranks before. How come they are never recognized? Oh well!