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—Malcolm Forbes

Forbes is a biweekly publication founded in 1917. It has the hilarious motto "The Capitalist Tool." The magazine publishes long lists of people richer than you and things you cannot afford. These days, it has also become a terrible website that should largely be ignored.

"Most Powerful"[edit]

Not to be outdone by Walgreen's checkout lane, Forbes hosts its own yearly popularity contest. Putin wins every year.[1][2] He's the Meryl Streep of plutocrats.

Forbes.com[edit]

In recent years, Forbes has decided to destroy its brand by hosting non-editorially reviewed blogs. One of these is White Coat Underground, most are OK for random blogs by any bozo, many are comically awful (Heartland Institute shills,[3], other random industry shills, Bitcoin scammers,[4] Austrian schoolers, nanotechnology advocates).

The site does a roaring trade in op-eds ghostwritten for corporations. Amy Westervelt, an ex-Forbes journalist, describes how it works:[5]

... $50 a post, which doesn’t really allow for the sort of reporting time required to write a decent story—the click-bait incentives (a $500 bonus if you hit 30,000 uniques, plus a penny more for each unique after that), and the fact that the site had been all but taken over by CEO “thought leaders” and industry shills. But wait, that’s not the punchline. It’s this: Over the past year, I’ve contributed a half dozen more stories to Forbes.com. Not under my own name, but as a ghost writer for a couple different CEOs. For that work I was paid—no exaggeration— TEN times what Forbes ever paid me to write for its site, but Forbes paid nothing for those pieces.

Any page whose address starts with forbes.com/sites/ is just some random bozo with a blog, even if they try to make out that writing for a Forbes blog makes them more reliable than writing for Examiner.com.[6] If someone references a claim to "Forbes," look more closely. If their bio does not say they are actually a Forbes staffer, or that the article is also in the print Forbes, it should not be credited to "Forbes".

So quit your unfounded fear mongering about global warming [7] [8] and get back to work living the American dream of paying for your own healthcare, [9] [10] like Ayn Rand. [11] Do You Believe That?

Bizzarely, in spite of publishing some of the most migraine-inducing denialist articles in the past (see above), Forbes recently began running articles in support of reality the consensus view on AGW: like this one[12] by a meteorologist.

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