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Who Writes The Mail’s Green Crap?

December 2, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5133897/Climate-skeptics-fire-new-paper.html

 

I posted about the above article yesterday. As somebody pointed out, the headline used the American spelling of skeptic.

It turns that the author Cheyenne Macdonald is herself an American. As a “Science & Technology Reporter” for MailOnline, she frequently writes alarmist articles about global warming, like these just yesterday:

 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Cheyenne+Macdonald+For+Dailymail.com

 

But who is she, and what qualifications does she have?

It turns out to be very few. Here’s her Linkedin profile:

 

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheyenne-macdonald-b2854395

 

She’s hardly Albert Einstein then!

One does not necessarily expect a high level of science credentials, but she has no real journalistic experience prior to joining the Mail in 2015 either.

If this is typical of their standards, it is no surprise that the Mail’s coverage of climate change is so often puerile.

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54 Comments
  1. tom0mason permalink
    December 2, 2017 2:40 pm

    Maybe she should watch this and then tell be were the warming is —
    http://www.gavsweathervids.com/

    • tom0mason permalink
      December 2, 2017 2:43 pm

      Oh, typo again…
      Where there’s a were, it’s a ‘where’.

      • dennisambler permalink
        December 4, 2017 10:22 am

        Let it be!

    • A C Osborn permalink
      December 2, 2017 8:13 pm

      It is where the People and Thermometers are NOT.

  2. Curious George permalink
    December 2, 2017 2:53 pm

    She is prolific. In output, at least.

    • December 2, 2017 3:10 pm

      Empty vessels and all that. She does look a bit vacant.

      • December 2, 2017 5:47 pm

        On the other hand as a counter balance on The Mail on Line, we do have David Rose, another titan and scientific luminary. So we may all sit back and relax in the knowledge that veracity and intellectual integrity has an unassailable champion!

      • December 4, 2017 3:58 pm

        As I pointed out previously, she has what we call that “Bambi in the headlights look.”

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      December 10, 2017 7:35 am

      “She is prolific. In output, at least.”

      On average she ‘researches & then writes about 5 different subjects… every day”; Yeeer right.

      She’s just a poor copy & past churnalist

      Another ex-Burt now called Cheyenne.

  3. John Palmer permalink
    December 2, 2017 2:56 pm

    With that profile/CV – is any comment really required! But nonetheless it casts interesting light on how thoroughly the Mail checks the credentials and qualifications of their ‘Science & Technology Reporter’.
    On the face of it, my neighbour’s dog is as well qualified in science as this lady – although she does apparently have a degree in Journalism from SUNY Purchase – and an impressive Stephen King collection…..

    BTW, a look at the Curiousmatic website (www.curiousmatic.com) is quite interesting too.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      December 2, 2017 6:05 pm

      “BTW, a look at the Curiousmatic website (www.curiousmatic.com) is quite interesting too”

      I spotted this:

      “Why Aren’t We Using More Hydropower? Hydropower is a clean, stable, and proven renewable energy source”

      And one the Greens don’t like…

      • December 3, 2017 4:18 pm

        Also hydro is quite unable to supply anything but puny requirements.
        Prof Fritz Vahrenholt illustrated it thus. If Lake Constance were raised to 3000m (10,000ft) and used for hydro it could supply Germany’s needs for just 9 hours.

  4. Curious George permalink
    December 2, 2017 2:57 pm

    The Mail’s standards care less for quality than for diversity. Not sure, how she contributes there.

  5. December 2, 2017 2:58 pm

    She has a “Bambi in the headlights” expression. Clueless, stunned, vacant…..

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      December 2, 2017 9:15 pm

      I have dark hair, but half my relatives, or a few less, have red hair.
      Please back off. I’d blame this on her age and public education, neither of which she has had much control over.

      • December 4, 2017 4:01 pm

        I never heard of the Purchase branch of CUNY. Bet it is fabulous learning institution. Sort of like UEA.

      • December 4, 2017 4:02 pm

        Oops, that would be SUNY. Much of a muchness.

      • 1saveenergy permalink
        December 9, 2017 7:30 pm

        Look up the 16th century British meaning of ‘CUNY’
        Used in many bawdy folk songs as both noun & adjective.

  6. Stonyground permalink
    December 2, 2017 3:34 pm

    I don’t think that we need to stoop to the level of our critics by indulging in ad hominem attacks. We really should stick to pointing out errors and untruths in her writing, I’m sure that there will be enough of them to keep us occupied.I

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      December 2, 2017 4:02 pm

      You’re right, Stonyground, but faced with this level of cluelessness in the part of reporter and publication it is hard to resist a hefty kick in the hopes that somebody at Northcliffe House might just get the message.

      And I have a nasty feeling that Ms Macdonald can churn out errors and untruths faster than we can point them out.

    • December 2, 2017 4:50 pm

      Aye, we should be careful here. Climate scientists do like to rubbish ideas based on the credentials of those who hold them: “Your CV does not qualify you to criticize my climate model” type of thing.

      Of course this is wrong. Most skeptics do not have the CV to *build* a climate model, but all have the CV to *criticize* one. It is easy to judge a tree “by its fruit”.

      I do not know to what extent yesterday’s hatchet job differed from the original press release. There is probably pressure to bang out stories and the pay is unlikely to be causing any vice chancellors to consider a career change.

      That said, the hatchet job was not strictly news, was it?

      Young reporters should be encouraged to go behind the press release, as hard as that may be when they are under pressure to feed the sausage machine. Either way, it may not be wise to cause them to dig in (i.e. harden their nascent opinions about skeptics into a firmly “them and us” situation).

      Interesting that the more you look at data, the more skeptical you become. The more you look at press releases – probably you swing the other way. Until such time as you finally twig: this can’t *all* be real, this can’t *all* be happening…

  7. David Richardson permalink
    December 2, 2017 3:34 pm

    The Mail has moved from being the Daily Facist to The Daily Bo**ocks.

    • ewing.caldwell permalink
      December 2, 2017 11:04 pm

      “The Mail has moved from being the Daily Facist to The Daily Bo**ocks.”

      In my youth, a neighbour of mine used to read the printed edition (the Internet didn’t exist then).
      I perused a few copies.

      Nothing has changed over those decades.

  8. buffin47 permalink
    December 2, 2017 4:48 pm

    I suppose she’s cheap. I wonder who hired her.

  9. Ian Phillips permalink
    December 2, 2017 5:00 pm

    The climate, supposed AGW, issue has been part of establishment thinking for years, now. In other political debates in the UK, e.g. Brexit, there are large numbers of people participating, writing letters, involved in one way or another, on both sides of the case. But I don’t hear of much active opposition or success in challenging the erroneous fake science of the “greenhouse effect” argument. There’s a lot more to be done here if we are to keep the establishment on their toes. There is almost no dialogue and our opposition is so weak that they can field ignorant actors, celebs and the likes of Ms MacDonald who have moved the basis of the debate away from scientific rigour and into emotional groupthink.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      December 4, 2017 10:31 am

      But – but – but – emotional groupthink is what us Millenials are all about! We don’t need no steenkin’ facts – we just need to FEEL!
      /sarc off

    • dennisambler permalink
      December 4, 2017 11:25 am

      Unfortunately the Tories are just as signed up to this as Labour and the Lib-Dems. Well before Cameron’s WWF Hug a Husky tour of the Arctic, John Gummer was regarded as the best environment minister ever by FoE, Oliver Letwyn has for years driven policy along “green” lines behind the scenes. There is a revolving door between government and NGO’s, pushing policy forward.

      For examples check out https://www.e3g.org/people. Without picking names, this is at random:

      “has experience of addressing climate change from a Government and private sector perspective, having previously worked for the UK Government developing climate and energy policy, and as a renewable energy project developer.

      ..,experience in Government included working on UK energy policy in the HM Treasury energy team, where he was the Treasury lead on the design of the Green Investment Bank, Feed In Tariff policy and the Renewable Heat Incentive. Following this…worked on international climate finance for the UK Department for International Development, advising the UK Board Member of the Green Climate Fund on the design of the new institution.

      …has also worked at the Department of Energy and Climate Change developing new energy efficiency legislation and international policy on deforestation.

      …has a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future / Middlesex University.”

      And,

      “The climate diplomacy teams works closely with governments and civil society to provide political strategy and global risk analysis to their international climate objectives, to become more effective and deliberate in delivering an ambitious international outcome.

      Ahead of the Paris 2015 Agreement, …developed and tested political economy analysis in key emitting countries creating political scenarios which catalysed political interventions.

      From early 2011,..worked with the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), holding the role of director from 2013-2014. In early 2013…successfully facilitated an informal coalition of organisations to campaign to keep climate change in the UK national curriculum.

      …has a Bsc in Geography from the University of Edinburgh,…took a particular interest in Communist cultural memory and engaged in a number of projects on post-communist Europe with other European youth.

      Alongside…work at E3G, …is a trustee with Climate Outreach.”

      The activities and influence from groups like E3G result in non-highlighted announcements such as that the government will double our contribution to the IPCC to help compensate for Trump’s reduction in funding for such matters. Another give-away, DFiD pledged £5 billion plus from 2016 to 2020 to help developing nations deal with “climate change”. I never saw this announced on the side of a campaign bus.

      As long as this continues, we are saddled with the nonsense, together with ever greater throw-away funding for foolish enterprises. It is not something that is solvable by a change of government within the present political scene.

  10. Jackington permalink
    December 2, 2017 5:32 pm

    What”s happened to David Rose? He knew what he was talking about.

  11. Henning Nielsen permalink
    December 2, 2017 5:37 pm

    Hey, she’s a lifeguard! Saving lives, saving the planet, makes sense, yes?

  12. J Martin permalink
    December 2, 2017 6:03 pm

    Perhaps the Daily Mail thinks that by attempting to appeal to gullible unintelligent millenials it might somehow arrest it’s impending demise, the graph at the link below shows it will have zero circulation in ~15 years.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/288261/circulation-trend-of-the-daily-mail-newspaper-uk/

    • David Richardson permalink
      December 2, 2017 6:10 pm

      That’s true J. Might keep its head above water longer than the Graun hopefully.

  13. Stonyground permalink
    December 2, 2017 6:07 pm

    When it comes to the subject of climate alarmism generally, I think that reality is slowly and inexorably closing in. The twenty year long pause in the temperature rises is one example, the alarmists don’t know whether to explain it away or to deny its existence. Meanwhile, the UK has just enjoyed a totally typical November, typical to a guy who is pushing sixty. Certainly it is a tiny bit warmer than it used to be when I was a kid, the problem is that the alarmists promised me a mediterranean climate. The Arctic stubbornly refuses to become ice free in summer in five years time and those polar bears refuse to become endangered.

    • David Richardson permalink
      December 2, 2017 6:27 pm

      I would like to believe that reality will eventually have an effect Stony. BUT I am beginning to think you might need a ouija board to let me know how it turned out.

      You can even make total lies into the truth if you work hard at it. The MSM are mostly on the Kool-aid. Centenial cold records can be broken all over the planet, but it will not be reported. Imagine if heat had killed 100’s of thousands of cattle in Mongolia, as intense cold has this last few winters. Hardly a mention, except once on the BBC world service.

      • Stonyground permalink
        December 2, 2017 8:09 pm

        I’m confident that this nonsense can’t go on forever. The vast majority of the public don’t give a shit one way or the other, they are very easy for the politicians to exploit and are certainly part of the problem. However, the better educated section of the population understand that one of the hallmarks of sound science is the ability to make accurate predictions. The poor track record of the alarmists in this area becomes more obvious year by year.

  14. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 2, 2017 6:39 pm

    I looked her up and came to pretty much the same conclusion.

    I suspect she is just a willing or gullible conduit/puppet/activist.

    Let’s be honest, no ‘journalist’ would decide to write such stuff off their own initiative – it’s too obscure/niche for anyone not already deeply involved/interested in the climate change movement – someone/some group is feeding her the stories.

    • December 2, 2017 9:48 pm

      “someone/some group is feeding her the stories.”

      A simple hypothesis explains the recent attacks on Christy and Crockford, as they would be at the top of a list of Deplorables with Most Influence. I smell a concerted effort to go after these people, with of course The Donald at the top of the list. The BBC no longer bothers to hide its anti-Trump agenda, they already broadcast daily his guilt about something, saying for example that Flynn is the FIRST arrest. Just who are the BBC to say that there will be more!

  15. Arthur Clapham permalink
    December 2, 2017 7:21 pm

    She should take note of my form masters words in the 1950s “it is better to ones mouth shut and appear a fool rather than open it. And remove any possible doubt.

  16. L. Douglas permalink
    December 2, 2017 7:31 pm

    Judging by those headlines, those folks are easily shocked.

  17. BLACK PEARL permalink
    December 2, 2017 8:10 pm

    Fake news Fake people …. when or ever are we going to get told the REAL stuff by the media

  18. A C Osborn permalink
    December 2, 2017 8:15 pm

    The comments on the main Article are great.

  19. Green Sand permalink
    December 2, 2017 8:44 pm

    DT full of similar bollocks, but for a simpler reason/motive, the insurance industry really loves the climate change sham, it just charges more!

    ‘In this extraordinary year, we must step up to tackle climate change’

    Inga Beale

    2 December 2017 • 4:59pm

    Dame Inga Beale is chief executive of Lloyd’s of London

  20. Bill permalink
    December 2, 2017 10:31 pm

    My take, for what its worth, is that the Mail site is compiled by machine and most of stuff on it is written by machine.
    Read a couple from the flood of stuff that appears immediately following a ‘terror’ attack and you will see where I am coming from.

    • M E Emberson permalink
      December 3, 2017 6:12 pm

      I’ve been wondering about that for some time. There may be a ‘bot’ programmed with the requisite phrases . I noticed a while ago that newspapers and broadcasters were sacking journalists and just keeping editors. to reduce costs.
      This may also have happened pre World War II if you read reports of the papers and reporters then, in prewar novels.

  21. John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia permalink
    December 3, 2017 3:30 am

    Who puts their skills as Microsoft Office? Only those who pad their CV because it is not very impressive.

    • Sheri permalink
      December 3, 2017 5:56 pm

      Actually, many companies is the US require you know how to use Microsoft Office. Even jobs that shoud not need that type of skill—laborers, etc. I don’t know why. Perhaps Americans just love Bill Gates. (I quite using Office when I switched to a Mac. Open source software is just as good.)

      • John of Cloverdale WA permalink
        December 4, 2017 1:03 am

        Dear Sheri, you miss the point. It is like putting in your CV that you understand English grammar. For a young “journalist” not familiar with M/S Office would be like someone not brushing their teeth.

  22. Ian permalink
    December 4, 2017 8:40 am

    Is it just me, or does anybody else think it’s ironic that the Mail can be advertising foreign holidays on the same page? Talk about double standards.

  23. Vernon E permalink
    December 4, 2017 10:13 am

    Yesterday (Sunday) the BBC eco-loons said that species were being displaced from the UK because the winters are not cold enough for them to survive. What is the truth of this claim? Could Paul work his magic with the winter low temperature records?

    • John189 permalink
      December 4, 2017 1:40 pm

      There is a conflation here of two questions. First, are species being displaced? Second, is it because winters are not cold enough? I would be interested in evidence of the former. Anecdotally I understand that longer growing seasons have influenced the northern limits of what crops will thrive and where, but lack of cold in winter?? In the past ten winters 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13 all had periods of real cold, including readings below minus 15 Celsius at lowland stations throughout the UK in the first three of these, and huge snowfalls in parts of the West Midlands, northern England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in March 2013, the coldest since 1962.

      • mikewaite permalink
        December 4, 2017 4:14 pm

        It was on Countryfile and had Tom Heap telling us about the results of a RSPB report . Apparently we are seeing in winter species here that would normally spend winter further south .At the same time some species that used to winter here are staying in continental Europe (Germany, Poland) because the winters there are not as cold as they used to be.
        Although there was talk of extinction it seemed me that the numbers (except for those affected by urban or agricultural development ) are the same , but species are relocating as the climate changes .
        In order to wring more emotion out of the presentation Heap naturally went to the Slimbridge site to talk to a descendant of the late ,well – loved,Peter Scott , war hero and artist ,son of Scott of the Antarctic who set up Slimbridge.
        What Heap did not mention , although surrounded by migrating geese and swans was that the North Sea and the Scottish seaare s is rapidly becoming one single immense wind farm , right in the path of these migrants , which they or the survivors of the journey have to dodge around or over twice per year.
        This is the Tom Heap who, about a year ago was seen stroking the side of a wind turbine ,about to be erected in a place of acknowledged beauty, in a display of passion that some ( like me ) might find nauseating given the context.

  24. December 4, 2017 12:53 pm

    It looks like some tactical changes from the 10:10 Green Blob crew – I subscribe to Maritime Journal – in the November 2017 edition there’s a full page article from Leo Murray of 10:10 which would be more at home in the Guardian or The Independent enviro sections.

    I know the trade press word rates are low and advertorial predominates as a general rule … see Leo’s piece here I wonder that there’s not yet a formal “Stop Funding Hate” style group targeting the trade press sector.

  25. Coeur de Lion permalink
    December 7, 2017 9:07 am

    Drop dead gorgeous. Can I change her climate?

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