The case of the contrite capitalists
The Yes Men's take on the World Economic Forum.
The press release, purportedly from the organizers of the just-concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, certainly looked authentic, said Jason Linkins in Huffingtonpost.com. Studded with quotes from world leaders, the release included a passage attributed to Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who admitted that Wall Street was “directly responsible” for “massive unemployment and misery.”
Blankfein, of course, had said nothing of the sort. The release was the work of political satirists the Yes Men. Perhaps the tipoff should have come when Blankfein’s name was misspelled—twice. While no news organization was duped, the press release and an accompanying video release (with dubbed voices) were convincing enough that several reporters called the World Economic Forum for comment.