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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CNBC, Reuters fall for climate hoax

Here's the link to the accompanying piece from politico.com. It seems like in the mad dash to A) appease the Obama White House and B) continue the charade that AGW is real, both Rueters and CNBC showed their true colors on this one.....

"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 email 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."

The article goes on to identify the hoaxsters. Whatever happened to verifying sources and professionalism amongst journalists? I guess this story was just too juicy to sit on and after all, when it fits your worldview, why wait and check the facts?

4 comments:

Leo B. VadalĂ  said...

Has anyone been able to determine the source of the bogus press release?

JD Curtis said...

From the "link" above Leo...

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

feeno said...

JD

Why does Dan Rather think he's any different and owed something?

Shalom, feno

JD Curtis said...

I don't know feeno. They seem to have been paying him $6 million a year even after he was let go. I think he's all ticked off about getting sucked into "Memogate" in which, in their zeal to make GWB look bad, they ran with the story on the National Guard documents that were fake. See what happens when your only goal is to make others look bad?