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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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