News organizations duped by fake press release

How do you pull one over on today’s hardened, cynical TV journalists? Just send them a press release, apparently. On Monday, a press release hit the wire indicating the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had reversed its stance on climate change and was throwing its support behind climate change legislation. Except the press release was a hoax. But that didn’t prevent CNBC and Reuters from reporting it. “A CNBC anchor interrupted herself mid-sentence Monday morning to announce that the …

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