Forbes Loses Credibility After Publishing Hoax About Fake Russian Losses in Ukraine

The fact that Forbes is not credible, along with all of American MSM, isn’t news. This is confirmed by the latest scandal, when Forbes and several other major US publications republished a hoax about supposedly leaked Russian losses numbering thousands. This info was quickly tweeted and retweeted by US officials and ‘experts,’ such as former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFall and current US ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer.

A Russian website with a seemingly big name “Business Life” published an article in which they discussed the pay and benefits of the Russian military. Somehow, at the end of this innocent article appeared ‘data about the real losses of the Russian military in Ukraine,’ supposedly leaked to the publication. Ukrainian MSM, and after them Forbes and other US publications, jumped on it without checking sources.

RT did its own investigation. They found no phone numbers for the Business Life site; the address provided by Google was false. They finally got in touch by email with someone who called himself a representative. This person emailed them back that the article in question was about the compensation in the Russian military, published on their site since February 2015. The article in question wasn’t edited since publication. Two days ago they started getting emails from readers, asking to explain the info in the end of the article. Upon investigation, they discovered that the article was hacked and unauthorized hoax about fake Russian losses in Ukraine was implanted. They took down the fake and traced the hackers’ IP address to Ukraine.

This new scandal is a direct confirmation of my recent article: Learn to Tell a Hoax from Targeted Info Dump (Navigating MSM and Alternative Media).

The story corroborates everything of which I had warned. In ‘Learn to Tell a Hoax from Targeted Info Dump‘ I wrote:

“I want to share with you my secret technique for telling the difference. I think understanding this distinction will be very useful for all my readers in navigating a sea of confusing and conflicting info out there.

A hoax is usually a sensationalistic in nature report, often on some sort of blog or alternative media, but lately also in MSM, whose professionalism is so down that they can’t and won’t check their sources. It usually starts with some sort of sizzling bomb of a story, complete with pictures and certain facts that do not directly confirm the story, which is obvious to those who know the circumstances. Sometimes, pics and details are twisted or untrue. But for the uninformed people the appearances serve as a solid confirmation.

What is targeted info dump? It’s when a government (usually, but not always; sometimes it’s some sort of large and influential organization) dumps into the informational matrix a certain type of targeted message. It’s usually a warning to someone, be it another country or specific political or public figure. It is also done to mold public opinion in a specific way.”

In this case, we are dealing with the combined hoax and targeted info dump, executed so sloppily that it backfired immediately.

We live in turbulent times, when polarization of society and the ease of spreading info through the Internet causes an explosion in hoaxes and falsehood. It is very tempting to spread hoaxes and info dumps. So tempting. Those of us who understand what’s going on should help others in telling the truth from lies. Please help others – spread this info!

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Posted on August 28, 2015, in Empire Collapse, Geopolitical Trends, Ukraine and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. soldier on Lada I like your comments

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  2. Yes, please, Lada! More like this post is very much needed and wanted. (ANYTHING you post is very welcome in my inbox!) Posts like this one help all of us to know who is being lazy about their reporting and/or disseminating misinfo/disinfo and outright lies. My apologies. Please pardon my few responses and “likes”. This is the busy season for my job so there has been little time to read anything lately. A belated thank you also for your guide on how to determine what is suspicious and what is reliable information. Very useful!! :o) Blessings to you, and please continue!

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  3. Lada, I do read your posts and look forward to more. I am subscribed (I think I am) to your FutureTrendcast website, which is about all I have time to read. I have sent you a small donation to encourage you to keep up the good work. I also have all your current books and am waiting for the next one! Bless you.
    Barb in TN

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  4. Lada, I really appreciate knowing you are present here. I consider you a co-worker in moving our world into the Golden Age. President Putin has done a great job of ridding Russia of the dark cabal. They are fighting tooth and nail to hold on the power in the US and using all sorts of tactics, such as sending out high pitched sounds (a type of torture) and, according to Cobra (a code name) “placing miniature plasma chambers into most of cell phones, personal computers and wi-fi routers. The function of those plasma chambers is to reinforce the Veil.” This rings true to me because I’ve been at this for 20 years now and today I tried to think of one person I personally know that has said to me, “Oh, I get it!” I could not think of one. I tell you this just to let you know that there are times when I am feeling overwhelmed with how unconscious so many Americans are being kept with all their technologies and I simply don’t respond. Thanks for all you do! ❤

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  5. I think we have a marketing situation here. Lada’s work is 24kt. gold but lacks audience. Anybody have any suggestions? As an example, I never would have learned of Lada unless another blog site that I followed shared her writing. There’s got to be a more effective way of showing the world what they’re missing. I don’t have marketing experience, but you do, you know who you are…please help.

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  6. Dear Lada, you would like to receive more Likes? Understandable. But it’s not understandable that we have to log in for what could be a simple Like click. Take care. Rudolf


    • Sorry, it’s not my private internet platform. WordPress requires sign ins. But if you get a placeholder WP account and don’t log off from it, you can click on any likes and comment easily.

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  7. Understandable and highly deserved!!!

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  8. Don’t loose heart, you are doing good work. It’s been one of those silly summers where many of us have been tied up with other things, but we are still watching…

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  9. I read an article today, elsewhere on the ‘net, which noted the alternative news on the internet is now where most people get their news, rather than MSM. Blogs such as yours are the reason why, and I hope you continue to publish articles exposing the lies and illusions we are all exposed to…. I am a subscriber, though I’ve yet to donate, simply because I am on a fixed retirement income. In time, I’ll send one, as I do believe in what you are doing; it just takes time for me to create the space in my budget for such donations…

    Please keep up the good work you’re doing; you have a special expertise that makes your words valuable to those without such knowledge…

    Take care,

    gigoid, the dubious


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  10. Hi Lada, I thought you might find the following piece interesting, and would love to hear your commentary on it. Of course it is written in the typical derogatory anti-russian western propagandist tone, but it is well known that the KGB had a psychic division which inspired the US to develop their own psychic spy Remote Viewing units:

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    • I describe the Russian intelligence remote viewing program and the US CIA branch-outs in great detail in THE EARTH SHIFTER. Much of the book is dedicated to that. Click on book cover on the side bar to buy it, or go to Books on top bar for more info.

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  11. We need as many people voicing the Russian point of view as we can get. Especially ones who can analyse from a higher point of view. Keep up the good work. I am subscribed.

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  12. I do hope you wont give up on us Lada. I for one very much appreciate your perspective and analysis. I am subscribed etc.

    All the best Lada🙂

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  13. Latest news re oligarch and criminal Kolomoisky, who is now in the US.

    Apparently, Kolomoiskij appropriated 1.8 billion dollars from the IMF transfer, which was to hold the Ukrainian economy afloat, and that money were traced to his account in Cyprus.

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  14. Many thanks to those who have replied and posted comments/likes/shares.

    Especial heartfelt thanks for the nice people who have contributed their donations.

    All this gives me some idea on how to proceed.

    Have a nice week, dear readers and friends!

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  15. Dear Lada, your articles are a gem in the web and as a dedicated reader of the best alternative media outlets I can say that Futurist Trendcast is one of my favorites. It would be sad to loose it, I have subscribed and will soon donate. Thanks & Best from Brasil !

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  16. Dear Lada!
    You know that I always find your articles very interesting and I do read them, usually almost as soon as you post them and give them a like! Keep up the good work, lots of people that will read and not comment….yes, I think that is sometimes the case, but don’t give up! Also, lots of other things going on that are distracting us, so with Marilisa (first comment) I will say: Keep ‘Soldiering on’ and we will follow!
    A Bearhug!😉


  17. Actually, Lada, I am convinced that your blog is one means of creating peace on Earth. Without it, we would not know the Russian perspective. I refer people to your blog. I do not make many referrals because I am particular about whom I recommend. For example, I use to be a professional esoteric astrologer and I have never recommended another astrologer

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