It would have been hard to script this better. Eric Wohlschlegel, who actually works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had to break up a fake chamber press conference today, organized by a group that was not the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The National Press Club was not the only duped group. Reuters ran a story, and CNBC broke into its regular programming for a “Breaking News” segment on the hoax. So did Fox Business news. See video after the jump.
Amazing how easy it is to pull this stuff off. Also, check out how Larry Kudlow tries to find out if the White House was behind the hoax. (It was, in fact, the Yes Men who claimed responsibility. For more on the art of high profile deception, see their site here.)