There’s video today of the faux Chamber of Commerce presser at the National Press Club yesterday, which fooled several news outlets, including CNBC and FBN.
The Yes Men’s Andy Bichlbaum impersonated a spokesperson, until interrupted and stopped by the Chamber’s actual spokesman and communications director Eric Wohlschlegel.
The Yes Men, a left-leaning activist group that frequently impersonates officials from organizations they oppose, told Politico to expect more stunts. (h/t Calderone)
WaPo‘s Dana Milbank weighs in: “Live, but not real. Four days earlier, it was the Balloon Boy, who, it later turned out, was not trapped on a runaway dirigible over Colorado. A month earlier, on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, cable news outlets broadcast alarms about a possible terrorist strike on the Potomac River near the Pentagon; it turned out to be a Coast Guard drill. On Monday, it was the Chamber of Commerce’s turn to enter the instant-news chamber of horrors.”