October 19th, 2009
07:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Chamber of Commerce to seek investigation of hoax

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it will ask law enforcement officials to investigate a fake press release and fake press conference staged at the National Press Club.

The business advocacy group was apparently the victim of a complex hoax Monday that involved fake press releases claiming the Chamber had changed its position on climate change legislation, and would now support cap-and-trade legislation introduced by Democrats in the Senate. The hoax also included a fake press conference in Washington that was reportedly interrupted by a real representative of the Chamber of Commerce.

"We will be asking law enforcement authorities to investigate this event," Thomas J. Collamore, the Chamber's Senior Vice President for Communications and Strategy said in a statement posted on the advocacy group's Web site Monday. "Public relations hoaxes undermine the genuine effort to find solutions on the challenge of climate change."

In a blog post on its Web site Monday, liberal activist group The Yes Men appeared to take credit for the hoax. The blog post includes a link to a fake set of remarks attributed to a Chamber official on the issue of climate change, as well as video of Monday's confrontation at the National Press Club.

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  1. Illinoistom

    If the Obama/Pelosi Kool-Aid drinkers could actually win an argument, they wouldn't need to resort to faking press releases. This says a lot about the left's agenda, actually.

    October 19, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Joshua College Station Texas

    Ha ha! I am sorry, but this is just funny. It must frustrate the dickens out of the Chamber to be misrepresented. How embarrassing! But the thing is, so many of us wish they would do exactly what the hoaxsters pretended to do, which is change their position to one more enlightened. Bravo! Terrific.

    The data overwhelmingly demonstrates we are entering a "hot box" period in earth's history, and that this is occurring much faster than it would were it not for increased greenhouses gases brought about by human activity. Over millennia we cut down all the trees in the world that soak up CO2 and then pump it out by the megaton from our tailpipes and factories. Then, when scientists notice and say, "this is bad", the paradigm of free market "consume as much as possible so we can get rich!" shudders at the thought of there being some negative consequence. "Alarmists" they say. What are we doing to ourselves?

    October 19, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. East & West Coasts

    OK, instead, Law Enforcement should investigate the Chamber of Commerce for its crimes committed against us. Me thinks the Chamber does protest too much.

    October 19, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Reaganite

    The majority of climatologist and meteorologist carrying a PHD will tell you that global warming isn't man made. The glaciers have always been melting. The smaller the glaciers and ice formations get, the faster they will melt. It is an exponential factor. The ice age has ended, the ice age will return. This man-made global warming propaganda has much less to do with saving the planet and much more to do with selling the American Public a lie in trade for the freedom of an entire nation.

    October 19, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Democrat

    WH = control freaks. They control the media. The only channel that is independent is Fox News all others are controlled by the White House. Its really apparent now. Chicago style politics.

    October 19, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Jim

    Maybe the US Chamber really should change its mind and support climate legislation. They've lost several big members over this. The US Chamber has decided to be as right wing nut as possible about its political positions. Maybe they should start taking some positions that help small businesses too.

    October 19, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. bam

    Let's also have investigations of the media hoaxes perpetrated by the Chamber of Commerce, FOX "news", Limbaugh, Palin, Cheney, etc... Seems that lies, distortion, scare tactics and smears are only acceptable when they advance Republican (i.e., corporate) interests.

    October 19, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Methuselah

    Brilliant, Yes Men. They think they can say whatever they want without challenge, and you just one upped them. Great job.

    October 19, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Bob in Pa

    Treat them just like they are guilty of Identity theft. We don't have any more room in our society for people that think the goal is worth it by whatever means possible.

    October 19, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Chuck - Jasper, Ga.

    I see no diiference in someone pretending to be from the Chamber of Commerce giving out fake press releases, and the lies and mis-information spewed out by conservative organizationss such as "illegal aliens would be given free medical care under the proposed Health Care Reform bills." Apparently it is only ok to mislead people if you are against the current administration. Typical double standards from conservative extremists.

    October 19, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    You'll trace this back to the DNC if you look hard enough.

    October 19, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Notsurprised

    the treehugging scumbag liberals will try anything to get the disasterous cap and trade bill passed.

    October 19, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Wow, a liberal activist group, this is one of the many reasons why I'm not a Democrat any more.
    All the liberal media, including CNN are a bunch of disgusting news outlets.
    And now you know why Fox news is kicking you butt.

    October 19, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. The Yes Man

    Yes, Chamber of Commerce – please keep calling attention to your disastrous position brought to light by people using the media to exploit your inane policy choices.

    That'll show 'em.

    October 19, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. dave in denver

    Aw, those silly liberals

    October 19, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. annie against biased news

    Is there nothing corrupt and evil that this administration won't do?

    October 19, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. yuri

    What happens if there are fake fellows even in the chamber of commerce? Who will tail those freaks?

    October 19, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. scorp1/0n bowl

    How is demockracy to survive if the American people can no longer tell the difference between a pseudo event and a pseudo pseudo event?

    And moreover, how can we oppose action on climate change if someone's pseudo pseudo event pretending to be our usual pseudo event opposing action on climate change is actually purporting to be a real pseudo event opposing our previous opposition to opposing climate change?

    The Chamber of Commerce hereby announces a new pseudo event, in which we call for an investigation of the pseudo pseudo event.

    October 19, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. Mr Gordon

    Beg pardon...it was CNN that was the "victim" of the hoax. They reported the story...with much glee and tingling of leg.

    October 19, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. Tom

    AWESOME, the yes men do it again. I totally support them, cap and trade will be good for business.

    October 19, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. Tanbiker2

    Bravo to the Yes Men. They've pulled off another good one today. Let all the corrupt Republicans who are Chamber of Commerce members choke on it. They got what they deserve.

    October 19, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Matt

    I'm glad that the Chamber of Commerce is against the flawed environmental policies being pushed by the Obama administration. Not only are they hypocritical, but they will raise the costs of manufacturing–sending jobs overseas. We need to fix our economy. Already, companies have been cleaning up their acts and will continue without Obama's silly mandates.

    October 19, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. True Reformist

    Our US chamber of Commerce is nothing more than a lackey organization politicking for China and increased global trade – which by now most Americans realize is and has been a disaster to the United States.

    Every American should realize that this organization is a tremendous detriment to us and should be castigated.

    October 19, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  24. hopeychangyusefulidiot

    Right out of this administrations marxist playbook. Spread blatant lies, or better yet, let other "unaffiliated groups" spread lies, that make the headlines while hoping that any factual retraction will likely not be seen by as many. These people constantly deceive and distort with complete arrogance and utter disdain for their constituents. These people are very clever and very dangerous. But don't worry...just "believe" in "hope" and "change" and utopia will be here shortly.

    October 20, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. Mike H

    Cap and trade is not in the best interest of Americans. Does our Democratically controlled Congress work for us, or not? To this extent the answer is a clear NO!

    October 20, 2009 12:32 am at 12:32 am |