Follow-up: UK's Daily Mail Issues Apology For "Misleading" Climate Change Article

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 1 month ago in News & Politics


Last Saturday, the Daily Mail issued an apology for an article it published earlier this year that claimed American climate scientists were manipulating data. After a condemnation by the IPSO (the Independent Press Standards Organization), the Mail admitted that the article was "unverified" and "misleading." Those are the Mail's own words; most impartial observers would describe the article as a pack of lies.

For example, the article claimed that NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had "failed to archive its data" and claimed that conclusions based on it "can never be verified," darkly implying that fudged data had been erased to hide evidence. But as the Mail begrudgingly admits in its apology, that data was archived and has always been publicly available.

Other items in the article the Mail now admits were inaccurate include claiming there was "irrefutable evidence" that a significant climate change study was based on fudged data; claiming world leaders were "duped" by this study; and a deceptive chart on which the Mail somehow "fail[ed] to plot the lines correctly."

In short, the Daily Mail admitted that the article had violated the very first clause of the IPSO's "Editors Code of Practice," which forbids against publishing "inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images."

The article was featured here on IAB back in February. It stank to high heaven and a number of IAB'ers didn't believe its claims. Kudos to DrCribbens, NormalFreak2, M3dm3d, and a few others for recognizing bullshit when they saw it. Source
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Male 5,027
Where's your integrity 5cats? We see you in the post directly above this one.
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Male 7,943
markust123 He has none, he's just like Trump.  Apologize for nothing, only press the agenda you want to press false or true.
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Male 4,952
normalfreak2 He's been on IAB for hours each of the past three days and has ignored not only this thread but also a polite request I made of him elsewhere to comment here.
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Male 4,952
Well, I'm glad 5Cats demonstrated his integrity by addressing this post since he's the one who submitted the misinformation. It shows he truly cares about the quality of the information he disseminates on this important topic.

That's a joke, by the way.
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Male 6,158
It is as I said Global Warming is being intentionally caused by the International Military Entertainment Consortium in order to reduce the human population and acclimatize  the Earth for the Greys
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thezigrat wohohoho hold on, I don't know this theory. What do you mean acclimatise the earth for the greys? Surely a colder climate with less gravity would suit them? Considering they evolved to look like that due to huge lengths of time in the vaccume of space? I would have thought it would benefit the reptilians alot  more.
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layla_wilson
To trigger  a chain reaction that would drastically cool the planet and eliminate much of the human population to reduce any resistance. We, your friends, wish to increase the productivity  of your seas, thus increasing the Human food supply and increase Earth's carrying capacity. We will also initiate a farming program in baron areas to increase food production and end overpopulation. We come in peace, Trust us. 
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thezigrat I dunno, this is one of the reasons I'm against gmo's though, the second we are dependant on them, a disease could be manufactured/released that could decimate the global food production. But if anything, the greys aren't the ones to worry about imo, it's some of the other races. If the greys wanted us gone, we would be gone. Considering the reptilians are the ones that are corrupting and infiltrating important government and business interests, surely it is them that are wanting to take control of earth.
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Disclaimer for anyone that thinks this is nonsense, it's theory not fact.
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layla_wilson No! That's just more anti-reptile propaganda, and I'm so SICK of it, I go down on one knee whenever I watch an original Star Trek, or any of its TV Spin-Offs and movies. You remember when Kirk had to "find" gunpowder & diamonds to 'kill' the Lizard soldier the Brainiacs had used to cockfight vs. Kirk? It's been downhill for lizards since. Except for the Frilleds, of course, but really, that's only just as demeaning as any beauty contest. Reptile POWER! HISS! HISS!
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Male 6,158
layla_wilson They are trying to be covert about it to avoid mass destruction of the ecology and reprisals from the other races. They have been employing space gophers to undermine human infrastructure and collapse human civilization  (literally)
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Male 5,027
Hey, 5cats, are we going to get an apology from you for posting a misleading article as fact?

The Terms and Condition of IAB state: "You must not post to the Service any Content that, as reasonably determined by i-am-bored.com, is or appears to be the following: untrue, misleading, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene..."
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Male 4,952
markust123 It would be a nice surprise, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

*crickets chirping*
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Male 6,158
squrlz4ever Did you know crickets are closely related to roaches?
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thezigrat No. Did you know that many cricket eaters get bit by the crickets?
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Male 6,158
thezigrat But taste better
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Male 1,018
markust123 No, it's OK for conservatives to lie for whatever reason.
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Male 368
Wow... I was being kind of a dick in my comments on that previous IAB article referenced here.
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Male 4,952
skeeter01 I wouldn't beat myself up too badly over it. After all, we're talking about the IAB'er who regularly addresses other people as "fuckface." Many of the other insults he's used on here are so vile and graphic I am unwilling to type them out.

Kudos for the self-examination on your part, though.
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Male 4,153
Does the UK have any "real" newspapers?
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Male 4,952
trimble Sure. Maddie may want to chime in here, but I'd say if you're looking for a good conservative newspaper, The Telegraph would fill the bill. For a liberal newspaper, The Guardian (my personal favorite) is excellent. Two other good UK newspapers are The Independent (liberal) and the venerable Times (conservative).
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Male 4,153
squrlz4ever I have been visiting all for some time, as a big Keeley Hazell fan back in the day every search of her brought one to their sites. They all have a "National Enquire" feel to them though.
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Male 682
trimble A big Keeley Hazell fan? Then i suppose Zoo Weekly would be much more your cup if tea.
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squrlz4ever I'll agree with the guardian. It's the most unbiased. But sadly the independent is no longer published as a newspaper, it's all online.
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Male 4,952
layla_wilson Thanks for chiming in, Layla. I didn't know that about The Independent, and I'm sorry to hear it. I think it's a testament to the UK that you're able to keep as many good newspapers in print as you do.
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Female 8,058
It's the Fail- total filth which sexualised preteen girls, idolises Nigel Farage, lies constantly about everything- it demonises refugees and has blood on its hands. One of its columnists drove a trans teacher to her death by writing a foul diatribe about a private citizen, it thrives on scaring the elderly- a piece about alleged Roumanians creeping in and squatting your house llegally kept a lady I worked for terrified in her house for a MONTH. It is disgusting and should not exist
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madduck should also point out that the daily mail in England and the Scottish daily mail (same paper) will publish different front page articles to fuel hate between Scotland and England. It's fucked up, happened alot  during the independance referendum
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Male 2,150
The GOP, especially boneheads like Cruz and Huckabee, love to cherry-pick  NOIA data. Data is "averaged" to allow for structural, localized discrepancies and that's what the moron deniers needed to claim manipulation.
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Male 6,158
handimanner Cruz, Huckabee and Trump et al are motivated by greed and self gain. They will say anything as long as it increases their wealth and power
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Male 30
Unfortunately, this is the typical exploitation of the average news cycle. 1. Post inaccuracies front and center and then 2. post a retraction buried with the noise. It accomplished its purpose. Let's hear from 5cats the original poster. 
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Male 4,153
nokrull I agree but must add that this is the M.O. of both sides.
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Male 3,410
nokrull yeah but some people are never wrong though. failing to admit when you are wrong is the death of becoming a better person
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Male 6,158
rumham  Is that a Trump quote?
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Male 3,410
thezigrat i think the premise is based in buddhism. and i'm paraphrasing kinda like those who think they are smart and say so are the dumbest.
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Male 4,952
nokrull You are absolutely right and the data support your claim.

The original article, filled with misinformation, has been shared 186,000 times. The retraction? 291 times. To put that another way, for every one person who's read the retraction, 639 people have read only the original misleading story.

CATAPULTING THE PROPAGANDA. The original story, filled with misinformation, has been shared 186,000 times...

...while the retraction has been shared just 291 times.
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Male 1,511
squrlz4ever So where did you find the retraction? in a locked filing cabinet in a sub basement behind a locked door with "Beware of the tiger" painted on it?
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Male 4,952
squidbush More or less. I follow climate change news pretty closely and this story was covered by a few science-related websites, including the one listed at the end of this post as "Source."

Per my screenshots above, the original inaccurate story was BIG NEWS and read far and wide. By comparison, the retraction is essentially invisible. It would not surprise me if the original story continues to be circulated among climate change skeptics for years to come, despite the retraction.
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Male 1,511
squrlz4ever there's a large amount of unscrupulous "journalists" out there that will intentionally publish misleading or outright wrong information without a second thought. and if they get caught, just write a retraction.  It's why I stopped believing anything "news agencies" say anymore.

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Male 4,952
squidbush You're right about that. Some of them actually specialize in producing disinformation for particular fields and are well-compensated by big business. As I mentioned elsewhere in this thread, one of the best books documenting this kind of collusion was Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (2010) and the movie of the same name, which followed in 2014.
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Male 6,158
squrlz4ever Did you know the scientists who tout the Climate Change denial agenda are the same PAID (By the Big Businesses) ones that attested that tobacco was not harmful.
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thezigrat Yes. The book that did a great job exposing that connection and explaining it was Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (2010). A movie of the same name, based on the book, followed in 2014.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice....
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Male 6,158
squrlz4ever My neighbor says I should take up tennis



She says I have a great back hand
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Male 4,952
thezigrat Errr... back tentacle, maybe?
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Male 6,158
squrlz4ever Grumble the picture did not load
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Male 7,943
squrlz4ever Unfortunate to say the least.  But as you stated this is status quo  for the right wing bubble.  State something sensational as unequivocal fact, then months later have to issue a retraction that's buried under everything else.  The piece already did it's work, a bunch of people had their beliefs reinforced that climate change is a hoax, etc etc etc.
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normalfreak2 Hate to break it to you, BOTH sides do that on a regular basis.
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Male 4,153
normalfreak2 The same status quo exists for the other bubble and we see it all the time.
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Male 7,943
trimble false equivalency; Which major MSM got a climate change article blatantly false and had to retract.  I'll wait...   Listen retractions are something a lot of newspapers do, News agencies get things wrong or need updates.  This is NOT that.  

I'm not saying there aren't sensationalist left wing sources that make up incendiary headlines that need to be retracted..  Huffpo comes to mind, but you love to lump all sorts of things with them.  Are you going to lump Washpo or NYTimes in with them as being "in the bubble"  Or what are you exactly saying?
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Male 3,496
Thing is, the climate deniers DO NOT CARE.  

Their god-emperor Trump has told them not to worry about it and to burn more coal.
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Male 1,511
daegog THERE IS NO CLIMATE!
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Male 3,410
daegog some people will argue anything.  you mean grass isnt green? horseshit?! *points to grass* its a  conspiracy set forth from western main stream media delusions. these people are dipshits. unfortunatly the internet has given them voices. and we are all complicit by even acknowledging them. i am as guilty as anyone for giving food to the derp vortex of modern day hive thought
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Male 15,271
Their nickname is Hate Mail. They are right wing and sensationalist. 
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Male 4,952
Draculya LOL! Hadn't heard the Hate Mail thing before. That's pretty funny.

On a related note, The Guardian (one of my favorite publications, lefty that I am) is sometimes called The Gruniad due to a long history of being rife with typos.
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Female 8,058
squrlz4ever - Spelling dear heart- it's the Grauniad........you missed an 'A' ( I rather think that is courtesy of Private Eye but it dates back to hot metal printing when they really were a disgrace to the english eye)
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madduck Thanks, Maddie. Yes, I screwed that up. I found an explanation for the nickname at The Urban Dictionary, of all places. It's pretty much as you said:

"The name was given to it by the satirical magazine Private Eye. The Guardian newspaper earned its reputation for lots of misprints in the days of hot-metal printing when it was published in Manchester (it was originally called The Manchester Guardian), and the editions that appeared in London were very early editions brought down by train, before all the errors had been spotted."
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Female 8,058
squrlz4ever - I remember it well. In those days one ironed a broadsheet prior to reading ( you'll see Butlers doing it is TV dramas occasionally) to fix the ink which came off on ones fingers terribly- for some reason the F.T wasn't at bad, I have no idea why- possibly the pink newsprint- but it could have just been luck!!
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Female 8,058
squrlz4ever - Spelling dear heart- it's the Grauniad........you missed an 'A' ( I rather think that is courtesy of Private Eye but it dates back to hot metal printing when they really were a disgrace to the english eye)
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Male 4,242
The Daily Mail is as legit as the National Enquirer
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Male 4,952
dm2754 Agreed. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop our representatives from quoting it on the floors of the U.S. Congress. This very article in fact was referenced by a number of right-wing politicians. That's pretty much what these trash articles are all about: Giving deniers fuel for talking points that turn into soundbites on the evening news and are then absorbed into viewers' brains as fact.

It's a big fossil-fuel-funded propaganda effort and it's been very successful.
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Male 860
Nice of them to publicly say they were in the wrong.  An apology is always good.

I'd be very surprised if they volunteered the retraction and apology, unless they were doing it to avoid something that would cost them money.
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Female 8,058
punko they had no choice- they were ordered to...
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Male 3,410
madduck sounds like an excuse from a nazi on the run :P but free speech nazis can say what they want! right?
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Female 8,058
rumham Actually- firstly we don't have free speech (free speech in any case only stops the government banging you up if you criticise them I think), and they got hauled up for lying- you cannot print lies. They do- often- but couch them as opinions which gives them greater leeway, but the opinions are an offence against decency.
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Male 3,410
rumham im drunk.. i apologize
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Male 4,952
rumham Well, as Punko said, an apology is always good. :)
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