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Tuesday, Oct 20

Listen: Yes Men Stunts the US Chamber of Commerce, Times to Lay Off 100


Today on the Menu, your hosts discuss the layoff news coming out of the Times yesterday and a public relations fiasco caused by stunt-pulling activist group, The Yes Men.

FishbowlNY's Amanda Ernst says that layoffs at the Times, which has the country's largest newsroom at just over 1,250 (that's just the newsroom), are indicative of the continued advertising slump. This ties tightly with news yesterday that Gannett, owner of some 80 daily papers, has seen a 53% ad sales slump.

News of the Yes Men's stunt at the National Press Club yesterday was all about the hoax press event that took place. A press release stating that the US Chamber of Commerce had reversed its position regarding climate change, and subsequent press conference (with journalists present), were fake — perpetrated by the Yes Men, an organization that gets its various messages across through hoaxes like this one.

See a video of the hoax being interrupted by the US Chamber of Commerce communications director, here.

The show was hosted by AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven, Fishbowl New York editor Amanda Ernst and TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca. You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at or download episodes for free on iTunes.

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