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How Murdoch’s Times of London and Fox News Coordinate Their Deceitful Reporting on Climate Change

By David Fiderer, a lawyer who covers the energy industry for several global banks in New York. This is an OpEdNews.com repost.

If you wondered whether Murdoch’s various news outlets operate in sync when they misrepresent the facts about climate change, consider the deceitful reporting done by Ben Webster, the Environmental Editor for The Times of London. His smears against the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were immediately amplified and embellished by Fox News in New York. Both Webster’s story and its Fox News incarnation were used to defame the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and to lend an air of legitimacy to the phony “Climate-gate” scandal that had already been debunked by scientific journals and scientific inquiries .

Today we know that one of the Murdoch employees arrested in Britain, Neil Wallis, was deeply implicated in two hacking scandals, the first pertaining to the News of the World, and the second pertaining to the invasion of computers at the University of East Anglia, the victim of the phony Climate-gate scandal touted by Fox News. So it may be worthwhile to take another look at how deceitful reporting within the Murdoch empire can spread like a virus. Look at the opening paragraphs in The Times of London story:

Climate scientists at the centre of the row over stolen e-mails acted with integrity and made no attempt to manipulate their research on global temperatures, an external inquiry has found.

Their research was, however, misrepresented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which failed to reflect uncertainties the scientists had reported concerning the raw temperature data.

An inquiry panel of leading scientists, nominated by the Royal Society, said that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit may not have used the best methods for analyzing temperature records.

Webster’s second and third paragraphs distort the panel’s findings beyond all recognition. The IPCC misrepresented nothing. The inquiry panel merely pointed out that IPCC neglected to highlight a truism, which is obvious to all climate scientists and to the anyone else who gave 10 seconds of thought to the subject. How can scientists gather data to measure changes in global temperatures going back in history? Recent data may be gleaned from meteorological instruments. Older data may be gleaned from tree rings, which can be found on land but not on the ocean. So scientists rely on well-established statistical methods to develop certain inferences global temperatures at earlier times in hostory. All science is based on mathematics.

Here’s what the scientific panel actually said:

Recent public discussion of climate change and summaries and popularizations of the work of CRU and others often contain oversimplifications that omit serious discussion of uncertainties emphasized by the original authors. For example, CRU publications repeatedly emphasize the discrepancy between instrumental and tree-based proxy reconstructions of temperature during the late 20th century, but presentations of this work by the IPCC and others have sometimes neglected to highlight this issue. While we find this regrettable, we could find no such fault with the peer-reviewed papers we examined.

The CRU research was misrepresented by the IPCC? Only to the extent that the IPCC failed to belabor the obvious. Nor did the inquiry panel say anything like, the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit may not have used the best methods for analyzing temperature records. That was an extreme embellishment by Webster. The only thing the scientific panel said that remotely similar to Webster’s allegation pertained to the data analyses of tree rings:

After reading publications and interviewing the senior staff of CRU in depth, we are satisfied that the CRU tree-ring work has been carried out with integrity, and that allegations of deliberate misrepresentation and unjustified selection of data are not valid. In the event CRU scientists were able to give convincing answers to our detailed questions about data choice, data handling and statistical methodology. The Unit freely admits that many data analyses they made in the past are superseded and they would not do things that way today.

But also:

It is not clear, however, that better methods would have produced significantly different results. The published work also contains many cautions about the limitations of the data and their interpretation.

And the panel was also very clear that the CRU’s critics, to put it charitably, did not know what they were talking about:

We have not exhaustively reviewed the external criticism of the dendroclimatological work, but it seems that some of these criticisms show a rather selective and uncharitable approach to information made available by CRU. They seem also to reflect a lack of awareness of the ongoing and dynamic nature of chronologies, and of the difficult circumstances under which university research is sometimes conducted.

Remember, this is The Times’ Environmental Editor reporting the story, which, on this side of the Atlantic, became:

Climate Scientists Cleared, U.N. Blamed for Misinterpreting Data

British climate scientists at the center of the scandal over stolen e-mails acted with integrity and made no attempt to manipulate their research on global temperatures, an external inquiry has found. But the U.N.? That’s another story.

The scientific research into historical temperature records was misrepresented by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which failed to consider uncertainties the scientists had reported concerning the raw temperature data.

The inquiry panel of leading scientists, nominated by the Royal Society, said that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit may not have used the best methods for analyzing temperature records.

For a sense of deja vu all over again, check out this 18-month old piece: “Fox News Embraces Cyber-Terrorism to Subvert the Copenhagen Summit.

David Fiderer is currently working on several journalism projects dealing with corporate and political corruption.

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Below are earlier comments from our previous Facebook commenting system:

Prokaryotes

Phone hacking inquiry judge attended parties at home of Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law.The judge in charge of the phone hacking inquiry has attended parties at the home of Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law.http://www.telegraph.co.uk​/news/uknews/phone-hacking​/8656131/Phone-hacking-inq​uiry-judge-attended-partie​s-at-home-of-Rupert-Murdoc​hs-son-in-law.htmlJuly 24 at 12:42pm

Prokaryotes

Now Two Murdoch Whistleblowers Dead.http://yesbuthowever.com/t​wo-murdoch-whistleblowers-​dead-5000943/

July 24 at 12:43pm

Paul Magnus

woa… we live in dangerous times…

July 24 at 2:04pm

Sam Vilain

Do read this from the Independent before forming your opinion on that: http://www.independent.co.​uk/news/uk/politics/labour​-accused-of-hypocrisy-over​-murdoch-contacts-2318485.​html

July 24 at 5:08pm

Prokaryotes

Working link

The Tories and Liberal Democrats have accused Mr Brown of “rewriting history” about his relationship with Mr Murdoch. In an emotional Commons speech last week, Mr Brown claimed his government had rebuffed attempts by the Murdoch camp to influence policy on issues such as the BBC and the role of the media regulator Ofcom. He accused News International of colluding with the criminal underworld and claimed it had “descended from the gutter to the sewer”.http://www.independent.co.​uk/news/uk/politics/labour​-accused-of-hypocrisy-over​-murdoch-contacts-2318485.​html

July 24 at 5:33pm

Prokaryotes

Related to the UK government and close relationships…

Top spy takes early retirement from MI6… only to be hired by BP as highly-paid lobbyist.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk​/news/article-2015538/Revo​lving-door-row-ex-MI6-spy-​lands-BP-job.html.

July 24 at 12:46pm

Prokaryotes

BP, the British government and MI6 http://wallofcontroversy.w​ordpress.com/2011/03/29/bp​-the-british-government-an​d-mi6/http://videos.arte.tv/de/v​ideos/profit_um_jeden_prei​s-3994900.html

July 24 at 12:50pm

Paul Magnus

Freed from facts, Abbott goes ballooning.http://www.abc.net.au/news​/2011-07-22/crabb-freed-fr​om-facts-abbott-goes-ballo​oning/2806640

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He disapproves of climate scientists, of Australian economists on the whole, and he has no time at all for the work of Treasury officials.

July 24 at 2:05pmPaul Magnus

“In one sense, he’s living the dream. A political campaign that is 100 per cent rhetoric is — to any politician — as a milkshake that is 100 per cent Milo would be to any child. And after all, as Reagan famously told the Republicans in 1988: “Facts are stupid things”.

July 24 at 2:05pm

Lou Grinzo

Hence the relentless deification of Reagan by US republicans. Lincoln freed the slaves, but Reagan freed the republicans from the nasty confines of reality.

July 24 at 8:13pm

Paul Magnus

Climate PortalsJournalism at its best… Abbott vs Abbott… 🙂

Tony Abbott debates Tony Abbott on climate change and a carbon price | Crikey.www.crikey.com.auTony Abbott goes mano-a-mano on climate change and a carbon price with his toughest opponent yet — Tony Abbott. Let’s look back on all the times Abbott has spoken about climate change.

July 24 at 2:10pmPaul Magnus

Climate PortalsA lesson in chaos…

Early warning of climate tipping points : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group.www.nature.comA tipping point occurs when an external forcing causes a qualitative change in a system. Human-induced climate change could push several large elements of the climate system, such as the Greenland ice sheet, past a tipping point. Given the severity of the potential impacts, early warning of these ch.

July 24 at 2:28pm

Prokaryotes

We’re about to boot the planetary setup — out habitat. probably with the consequences of the extinction of the human species.

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Just like Stephen Hawking, Frank Fenner or James Lovelock predict. We going to waste our only chances, beside the evidence of the best science we have. The human systems are flawed, greed and corruption prevent real actions — progress.

The West Antarctic ice sheet is a potential tipping element of the climate system that might have partially tipped already http://www.pik-potsdam.de/​news/press-releases/kipp-e​lemente-im-klimasystem-for​scher-verfeinern-ihre-eins​chaetzung

July 24 at 4:12pm

Paul Magnus

There is at least a .7ºC warming in the pipe line and our forcing is ballistic compared to normal interglacial changes….

Rising Oceans — Too Late to Turn the Tide?http://www.skepticalscienc​e.com/Rising-Oceans-Too-La​te.html

“The team found that thermal expansion could have contributed no more than 40 centimeters — less than 1.5 feet — to the rising sea levels during that time, which exceeded today’s level up to eight meters or 26 feet.

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At the same time, the paleoclimate data revealed average ocean temperatures that were only about 0.7 degrees Celsius, or 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit, above those of today.

July 24 at 4:45pm

Prokaryotes

..the connection between the change in the rate of sea level rise and volcanic activity in the Mediterranean for the past 80,000 years and found that when sea level rose quickly, more volcanic eruptions occurred, increasing by a whopping 300 percent. http://climateforce.net/20​11/07/08/climate-change-dr​ives-earthquake-seismic-ac​tivity/

July 24 at 5:26pm

Paul Magnus

Investors cool on climate change.

Sonja van Renssen.Nature Climate Change 1, 187–188 (2011) doi:10.1038/nclimate1154.Published online 26 June 2011.With its short-term focus, the financial sector is largely turning its back on the climate challenge, shows a new study. Sonja van Renssen reports.

July 24 at 2:37pmClimate Portals

https://www.facebook.com/p​ermalink.php?story_fbid=18​5175518212563&id=139434822​741700

Rising Oceans — Too Late to Turn the Tide?www.skepticalscience.comExamines the science and arguments of global warming skepticism. Common objections like ‘global warming is caused by the sun’, ‘temperature has changed naturally in the past’ or ‘other planets are warming too’ are examined to see what the science really says.

July 24 at 3:13pmPaul Magnus

“The team found that thermal expansion could have contributed no more than 40 centimeters — less than 1.5 feet — to the rising sea levels during that time, which exceeded today’s level up to eight meters or 26 feet.

At the same time, the paleoclimate data revealed average ocean temperatures that were only about 0.7 degrees Celsius, or 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit, above those of today.

July 24 at 4:32pm

Paul Magnus

There is nearly a 1ºC warming in the pipeline.

I guess we are definitely in for a SLR approaching 20–25ft what ever happens. The question is how soon and when.

Considering that our CO2 emissions are ballistic compared to normal interglacial forcings, I think there will be periods of spectacular collapse of the polar ice, probably starting some time soon.

I find it strange that scientist and others havent ‘accepted’ this ‘fact’ and used it in the framing of discussions of what we do next…..

There is avoidance of reality at many levels.

July 24 at 4:41pm

Peter S. Mizla

Its both fascinating and macabre to wonder what we will see next with the climate. What region, will be next to suffer.

July 24 at 7:19pm

Paul Magnus

Gripping video of Arctic sea ice melting away before your eyes.https://www.facebook.com/p​ermalink.php?story_fbid=12​3461594412835&id=139434822​741700July 24 at 3:14pm

mobius_drv

What about Murdoch viewspapers in Australia? Tim Lambert from deltoid is up to no. 65 of verified lies from the Australian viewspaper. Their war on science.

http://scienceblogs.com/de​ltoid/2011/07/the_australi​ans_war_on_science_67.php

July 24 at 3:57pmMichael A Brito

Murdoch is the toxin of 21st century humanity, I wish he’d hurry and reincarnate!

July 24 at 4:03pmCharles Scott

Excellent post — you show clearly how reports by the various panels set up to ascertain the validity of the work of the CRU and Michael Mann are easily misconstrued to fit pre-determined ideological positions. Once again, I am left with an awareness of a deep distrust of science and scientists because it is perceived their work is pointing us to some kind of socialist world order run by an elitist UN body or some such thing.

When the panel concludes, as you point out, that: “They seem also to reflect a lack of awareness of the ongoing and dynamic nature of chronologies, and of the difficult circumstances under which university research is sometimes conducted,” I can only heartily agree. Those who claim, for example, that scientists “want” to offer research findings that are in line with the IPCC reports because it means more funding for them have absolutely no idea of how research funding works. The claim is hilarious but also pathetic. If they only knew…

July 24 at 4:11pm

lindadshapiro

Ask tea partiers why they are working directly for billionaires like Murdoch and the Koch brothers.

The prime agenda of Murdoch and Kochs is their wealth and power. They support the tea party, with publicity and organizing money, so that their billionaire tax rates stay low. And they propagandize that the low rates help everyone.

So always ask tea partiers why they are working so hard, and for free, to help criminal billionaires like Murdoch and the Kochs.

July 24 at 4:31pmPaul Magnus

Cable attacks “right-wing nutters” in the US.http://www.newstatesman.co​m/blogs/the-staggers/2011/​07/debt-ceiling-raising-ca​ble

“The irony of the situation at the moment, with markets opening tomorrow morning, is that the biggest threat to the world financial system comes from a few right-wing nutters in the American Congress rather than the eurozone.”

July 24 at 4:59pmPaul Magnus

“…raising the debt ceiling has been normal practice for nearly half a century. He noted: “It has been increased 74 times during that period and, significantly, was raised more under Republican presidents than it has been under Democrats. Ronald Reagan raised the ceiling 18 times when he was in office.”

July 24 at 5:00pm

Sam Vilain

And what did Wikileaks have to do with it? I notice that they are claiming responsibility on http://sowhyiswikileaksago​odthingagain.com/.

July 24 at 5:02pmKenneth Crawford

It took some investigative journalists in the UK to undercover this based on a hunch. wikileaks are just trying to stay in the limelight.

July 24 at 5:04pm

Prokaryotes

WikiLeaks has Rupert Murdoch ‘insurance files’ http://www.smh.com.au/tech​nology/technology-news/wik​ileaks-has-rupert-murdoch-​insurance-files-20110113-1​9pix.html

July 24 at 5:22pm

kevin king

<i>and to lend an air of legitimacy to the phony “Climate-gate” scandal </i>. I suggest the idiot that wrote this article read the emails first plus all the additional data that was released. This includes the now infamous HARRY_READ_ME.txt file. Here’s a link to some of the more shocking bits….<a>http://wattsupw​iththat.com/2009/11/25/cli​mategate-hide-the-decline-​ codified/</a>. If you scroll down a bit you can read the comments in the code where the coder explains how the data has been modified so that it shows an upward trend to match the temperature data. In fact of course the data shows a downtrend. This little piece is particularly inciteful.<i>The data after 1960 should not be used. The tree-ring density.records tend to show a decline after 1960 relative to the summer.temperature in many high-latitude locations. In this data set.this “decline” has been artificially removed in an ad-hoc way, and.this means that data after 1960 no longer represent tree-ring.density variations, but have been modified to look more like the.observed temperatures</i>I’m sure you won’t print this. But at least the person modifiying this thread will have to read the awful , horrible, gory truth that is the pseudo science of modern climatology.

July 24 at 5:52pm

Prokaryotes

So you obviously post false claims, a crime.

Unwinding “Hide the Decline”http://www.youtube.com/wat​ch?v=tz8Ve6KE-Us

July 24 at 6:00pm

Climate Portals

http://www.abc.net.au/news​/2011-07-25/poll-shows-ris​ing-support-for-carbon-tax​/2808486

July 24 at 6:04pmPaul Magnushttp://www.abc.net.au/news​/2011-07-25/poll-shows-ris​ing-support-for-carbon-tax​/2808486

July 24 at 6:04pm

Climate Portals

British police face fresh claims in hacking scandal.www.abc.net.auBritish police are facing new allegations that officers leaked details about terror attack victims and a murdered schoolgirl to journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s felled News of the World tabloid.

July 24 at 6:09pmPaul Magnushttp://www.abc.net.au/news​/2011-07-24/british-police​-face-new-claims-in-murdoc​h-tabloid-scandal/2808252

July 24 at 6:10pm

catman306

Anti wind forces in Kern County create LA Times article which some may see as propaganda.

http://www.latimes.com/bus​iness/la-fi-wind-power-201​10724,0,5257706.story?trac​k=icymi

July 24 at 7:58pmMike Roddy

Considering that Scotland Yard is implicated in Murdoch’s disinformation campaigns, I see no reason to doubt that they could also be involved in the murders of inconvenient witnesses. Given what has happened so far, the statement that “Police do not expect foul play” means nothing.

Murdoch is obviously an evil man. Once you head down the road of psychopathic greed and lust for power, murder is just a little blip along the road. The dead men were only journalists, after all. Corporate bosses and wealthy stockholders are all Murdoch and his people care about, starting and ending with themselves.

July 24 at 10:58pmRichard Pauli

Murdoch is now a tipping point.

July 25 at 1:19am

danatejones2

Looks like Rupert won’t be reporting on this news of the world.

A Coup d’etat took place during the 2008 presidential election.

Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. Obama is now a Pentagon puppet.

Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last presidential election and the military’s overthrow of our government. Thousands of people are learning about this and sharing it everyday. Help us restore our democracy now.

http://electnomorespys.blo​gspot.com/

July 25 at 10:37amCarlos Menezes

Connecting the dots. Better late…

July 26 at 12:38pmRichard Pauli

No, really.

“A new paper appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests that people, governments, and institutions that shape the way people interact may be just as important for determining environmental conditions as the environmental processes themselves.”

http://www.sciencedaily.co​m/releases/2011/04/1104151​54736.htm

July 27 at 12:23am

James Newberry

Hacked, Fracked and Sacked.

Hacked by biased, pro-fossil, big corporate media.Fracked by water contaminating, land despoiling methane drillers for big oil.Sacked by the transfer of $12 trillion in cash and credit to fossil-financing big finance.Corruption is rampant in the USA, where the business of Fuels-of-War (uranium and fossil hydrocarbons) own or occupy all three branches of government.

Welcome to the age of corruption, fiscal defaults and meltdowns. Hope we don’t have a nuclear one. (Although the Koch funded “Tea Party” seems adept at using a “nuclear option” in favor of national default, which then raises the interest rich collect on debt without having to work, and there would not be any connection there I suppose).

July 29 at 5:34pmDaniel Prokop

Rupert Murdoch ‘The Hacked Phone Prince’ cast avada kedavra on NOTW to attempt to distance himself from the scandal — there must be a lot more to come for him to do that.

Sunday at 2:48am