It wasn't the US Chamber of Commerce that was duped by the Yes Men. It was the media: Shakthi Jothianandan's co-workers, if you will.
And how does Jothianandan respond to this? By rewarding those who'd made a fool of her. By creating for them a forum in which they would promote their agenda.
This isn't objective reporting, though it is telling. The reader can't be faulted for seeing Jothianandan as being complicit (in her own destruction/demise, if not that of the news media in general).
Through Jothianandan, the Yes Men have given clues as to where they'll strike next. Now it's incumbent upon the media (or Jothianandan, on their behalf) either to give an inordinate amount of attention to the Yes Men (in order to be able to stay ahead of them), or else to disavow interest in them--and not excluding the interest that has been Shakthi Jothianandan's, and for which interest Jothianandan was, the reader presumes, paid by The Nation.
Nov 16 2009 - 6:07am