This story deserves a short review of recent history on the topic. Let us return to those heady days of early January 2021 when over half the nation reflexively became emotionally erect every time they found an opportunity to signal their virtue through the use of that cool, new “insurrection” term. It was then that Forbes informed us:
DISPATCHES FROM FORBES’ ‘CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER AND EDITOR’: Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.
For the record, my side note to that overly conspicuous bravado in a post titled Midnight in the Republic, Volume 9 included: “It should be shocking to you that the chest thumping threats from Forbes above are not already their standard practice in doing their job. Maybe that touted ‘brand’ is just a bunch of fluff. From this point on, I guess I am forced to consider Forbes nothing but a bunch of fluffers.” [Emphasis added]
Not much since then has rehabilitated that glaring stain on the blue dress of the “worlds’ biggest business media brand.” In fact, it gets worse…
Fast forward just over a year and how did the operatives running that “brand” deal with factual reportage:
It’s an unchallengeable fact that the Sun appeared over the horizon this morning. It’s also a fact that Dr. Anthony Fauci is paid more than any other federal employee, ever. Publish the former in Forbes, hey, no problem.
But if your name is Adam Andrzejewski and you publish the latter fact on the digital pages of Forbes, you get terminated by spineless editors who fear offending the powerful in government.
And, oh, by the way, this is also the Forbes that around the same time it was kicking to the curb a guy who has done more for transparency and accountability in government than any other person in the last decade made this announcement:
“Forbes and Mika Brzezinski announced today that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline its inaugural Forbes 30/50 Summit, …”
I repeat here what I said at the time in a post titled Master Fluffers for the Corrupt Ruling Class? (Note the unnecessarily generous question mark…as if there were any doubt.): “Clearly, Mr. Andrzejewski was going the wrong way on the sanctimonious ass-kissers expressway. … Welcome to the
golden gilded age of modern media whoredom.”
(To be clear, the point isn’t really just about damage to a brand. It has more to do with the service of such “whoredom” to those working hard to snuff out American-style Liberty. That connections was addressed at this lonely outpost a couple months ago in a post titled Refusing to Ignore the Anti-Narrative: The Chill Continues to Descend Upon Us. But I digress.)
With that, we can now fast-forward to the Instapundit “GREAT MOMENTS IN JOURNALISM” link that welcomed me on this morning’s perusal of the news. It seems our favorite fluffers are back in the headlines:
Forbes published an article about Caroline Ellison (CEO of Alameda), somehow making it a hit piece on… Urbit.
All because one person (@sailaunderscore) trolled the author with fabricated info lmao.
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This is amazing. The “source” for this “alt-right darling on Urbit” thing was trolling them & is now tweeting about it. We’re at “Rahul Ligma” levels journalizm here.
Well, this sure seems to open the door for us to further examine the “journalizm” of the self-touted “world’s biggest business media brand” in action:
What is hilarious about this–actually there are many things hilarious about this–is that FTX is actually a darling of Forbes Magazine, who helped it vault to the top of the crypto world. Forbes hyped the company, hyped Sam Bankman-Fried as a genius, and along with the New York Times turned SBF into a hero, genius inventor. To the extent that Caroline the fraud was enabled, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, and the New York Times were the chief enablers.
The Times even listed Fried right alongside Janet Yellen, Zelensky, and Mark Zuckerberg as a speaker at a conference to be held…next week. After the collapse of the company–and their coverage of the firm’s collapse has been pathetic and sycophantic to SBF. The Times is covering its own ass, and Forbes has decided to do the same.
How pathetic. I repeat that target-selective, cheap virtue-signaling, faux-bravado from less than two years ago: “Let it be known to the business world: ‘Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation?'” It all comes across as rather humiliating (for them, of course) when the entire thinking public cannot help but notice that the Forbes brand seems perfectly comfortable in their Progressive knee pads.
While amusing on this level, that such an entity is so comfortable on its knees before the uni-Party regime is likely a grim indicator about the likelihood of turning the current undercutting of American-style Liberty around anytime soon.
Think about that for a while…