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BBC’s Fake Claim About “Hottest May”

June 5, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

I was tipped off about this by BBC Fact Check:

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jpf8

On the BBC Today programme on Radio 4, at 2hrs 8mins 50 seconds in, and in the actual news slot, this statement was read out:

 Last month was the hottest May on record globally as well as in the UK.

I make no comment about the global numbers, but would simply point out that none of the official agencies have released their data for May. The BBC claim comes from Copernicus, the EU agency, not regarded as a reliable source.

However the BBC claim about the UK is hopelessly wide of the mark. According to the Met Office, last month was only the 15th warmest May since 1884, and was not even as warm as 1893 and 1911!

 

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/uk-temperature-rainfall-and-sunshine-time-series

Such sloppy reporting is only too common at the BBC, and not just where climate change is concerned. It only takes a minute to find the Met Office data, and I find it hard to understand why the programme editors did not think it worthwhile checking such an outlandish claim first.

Needless to say, I have filed a complaint, to add to the list of BBC climate lies!!

54 Comments
  1. jack broughton permalink
    June 5, 2020 12:35 pm

    I cannot understand the reason why the media are so obsessed with publicising any junk-science that supports the AGW meme and suppressing all contrary views. It is hard to believe that there are no reporters who can see through the dangerous lies that are being peddled in the name of saving the world: but it seems to be so.

    • cajwbroomhill permalink
      June 5, 2020 12:41 pm

      There’s more excitement kudos and so money in reporting looming tragedy than in questioning its reality.

    • June 5, 2020 12:50 pm

      Jack, the answer is herd instinct for the most part I think. Along with that goes all the virtue signalling and shear nastiness of those who think they are backing the winning horse and can vent their spleen on those on the outside. Very William Golding and Lord of the Flies. Belonging to the winning side gives a feeling of safety and self worth, especially when all of the madness today sings from the same hymn sheet. A special vocabulary of one word putdowns is on hand to weaponize the utterances of even the most ignorant and that empowerment is very seductive. Power and empowerment of the feebleminded is important here. Fear Also has a lot to do with it also but let us not ignore the fact that this nonsense is supported fully by the neo marxists and the post modernists who both need to sit down together and decide what they represent because to me it seems like a case of the Judean People’s Front and the Peoples Front of Judea! . Let us also not forget that the world is awash with climate cash and anyone journalist who waves the red “green” flag is open to a little taste of what is in the trof. My conclusion therefore is that it is about power and money and of course furthering the marxist cause..

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        June 6, 2020 10:52 am

        Supporting the winning team is why you can guess the age of a football supporter who doesn’t support his local team. Liverpool older than Manchester United and Arsenal who in turn are older than Chelsea, with the youngest being Manchester City and a new generation of Liverpool supporters joining the ranks.

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    June 5, 2020 12:45 pm

    It’s not ‘sloppy reporting’, Paul, they do it for a reason. It’s called propaganda, aka, lies. But the know their target audience is gullible. They should be made to apologise, but we know that won’t happen.

    • June 5, 2020 12:51 pm

      Worst of all Harry is HOW are they getting away with this without serious question being asked in Parliament? They get more and more confident in their unabashed bias and promotion of neo marxism. They must have very powerful friends to feel so confident and immune from question.

      • Stuart Brown permalink
        June 5, 2020 1:33 pm

        pmfb – who is there to ask the question? Graham Stringer certainly, Peter Lilley is no longer an MP. Who else?

        A search for ‘MPs against green deal’ turns up page after page of pro green web sites and articles.

  3. Steve Jones permalink
    June 5, 2020 12:56 pm

    Paul, I’d be happy to pile on to that complaint, or to make a new one. If you have a suggestion for how to do that effectively, I’d like to see it, and I suppose many of your readers would like it also.

    The perpetual slow drip of untested claims from the BBC on such a large audience must be persuading the public that humans caused climate change.

    Those with a counter view must be as effective and united as we can. Thank you for your daily efforts and would you consider creating an ‘Action Kit’ to help people like me be heard?

  4. Thomas Carr permalink
    June 5, 2020 1:03 pm

    If the BBC specialist reporters have wide discretion to say what they like and their editors are not alert to sloppy reporting its the Governors who should get to hear of it.

    I suppose , Paul , that they are on your e-m recipients list. At least the details should be available as they sit on a public body remunerated from public funds.

    Complaints to the lower echelons seem to be moderated, upheld from time to time and then archived judging from the general adherence to the belief in ‘fixed science’ .

    • June 5, 2020 1:09 pm

      Thomas, this is not sloppy. You do not report and not only report but promote only one way of thinking “sloppily”. You are being too kind.

    • Steve Jones permalink
      June 5, 2020 1:11 pm

      Thomas
      I’m not by nature a complainer, I’ve signed a couple of online petitions I think, but the BBC in particular seem out of control. They’ll pick up on, usually too late, any whiff of a trend in culture, politics and so on, and embrace it as if they created it. Usually there is no sign of rigour in their analysis, or as you say, by their editors. You make an excellent point about accountability for use of public funds. I was asking Paul how to turn our annoyance into action but would be grateful for tips from anyone.

    • June 5, 2020 5:45 pm

      Somebody confused ‘hottest’ with ‘sunniest’, or assumed they were the same thing.

  5. June 5, 2020 1:16 pm

    BBC: “Last month was the hottest May on record globally as well as in the UK”

    So what? AGW climate change is a theory about a the long term warming trend in mean global temperature and not about temperature events. The attempt by climate science to sell selected climate events as “unprecedented” as evidence of human cause has no basis.

    Pls see

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/05/about-the-word-unprecedented/

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/05/about-the-word-unprecedented/

  6. cajwbroomhill permalink
    June 5, 2020 1:23 pm

    Most/all BBC’s political and scientific cheek would be deflated or even corrected by abolishing the “licence fee” having appointed new, honest staff with all output vetted by Paul’s loyal followers, i.e., reality checks!

    • June 6, 2020 10:47 am

      Dead right – and last November we decided to give up paying the license fee that goes to create dangerous propaganda.

      When the email reminder came through I clicked on something to say we didn’t want to watch TV anymore, there were one or two questions, and that was that. We don’t cheat and watch TV – it isn’t worth watching for the most part – and we have heard nothing since.

      My impression is that it is only those who simply ignore the reminder emails who get followed up.

  7. Broadlands permalink
    June 5, 2020 1:27 pm

    The year 1934 in the US was a record warm year… the month of May was no exception…

    ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/docs.lib/htdocs/rescue/mwr/062/mwr-062-12-0455b.pdf

    “Table 1 shows that for the United States as a whole every month was warmer than normal, with the largest departures in January, May, and November.”

    NOAA, however, has adjusted those temperatures downward.

  8. Hugh Roberts permalink
    June 5, 2020 1:49 pm

    The BBC have no interest in the truth on any subject and it is sad to watch what once was a reliable source of information descend into the mire of dishonesty and incompetence that they represent today.
    Hugh Roberts

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 5, 2020 2:26 pm

    According to the BBC Floyd is a martyr, a lovely gentle innocent victim of white supremacy, and not a powerfully built violent criminal on speed who became the inevitable eventual victim of his own probable drug inflicted cardio damage and life choices, at the hands of inept cops – 2 not even white, when he decided to resist whilst being reasonably walked across the street for transport during a legitimate arrest for another probable crime of attempted fraud.

    I guess if you want facts and not agenda driven propaganda – avoid everything BBC!

    As for ‘hottest May on record’ – you know how it works (a) select record set – they have various, so they may mean since 1659 or 1910 or 1956 or 1983 whatever (b) select your definition of hottest – most number of days over 20, highest mean, warmest string of nights…….. they’ll find a way to slice it.

    • Malcolm Skipper permalink
      June 5, 2020 8:04 pm

      Citation for George Floyd, please.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        June 6, 2020 9:57 am

        Cummings is irresponsible? Yet the BBC has spent the last few days reporting/distorting the story – encouraging protests – to the extent that the government has had to make a specific warning. Story after story dishonestly representing the statistics on deaths. Live coverage of a criminal’s memorial with speech after speech made by activists saying he was a lovely guy/hero and the world must be changed.Frankly, I don’t know why I’ve even dignified your rude demand with a response.

      • dave permalink
        June 6, 2020 10:56 am

        The autopsy :

        Click to access Autopsy_2020-3700_Floyd.pdf

      • dave permalink
        June 6, 2020 11:02 am

        That link did not work well. There is much more to the autopsy than these two pages. It can be accessed easily enough.

      • Malcolm Skipper permalink
        June 6, 2020 12:40 pm

        MrGrimNasty: I apologise that an honest brief request came over as ‘a rude demand’. If the BBC and other MSM are unreliable in this event, I was only asking for your reliable sources.

        Dave: your link did provide the 20-page autopsy report.

  10. Patsy Lacey permalink
    June 5, 2020 3:12 pm

    I’d like to know a bit more about Copernicus. Online searches only give glowing reports and not their reputation. Has anyone any information?

    • Mad Mike permalink
      June 7, 2020 3:55 pm

      There was an interesting piece on him on BBC 4

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00w57gr/the-beauty-of-diagrams-2-copernicus

      His discovery that the Earth went round the Sun was such a frightening concept, such was the power of the Church and mainstream science, that he didn’t publish his findings until his old age when he was supported, and probably prodded, by a younger man. There are parallels in today’s society with Climate Change. Thankfully we don’t have the Inquisition now but the consequences for publishing research against the mainstream can be just as dire for your career.

      • Mad Mike permalink
        June 8, 2020 12:22 pm

        Sorry Patsy, completely missed your point as I’d never heard of a group called Capernicus although the programme does have some interesting points.

    • saparonia permalink
      June 7, 2020 8:46 pm

      There are books

  11. Stonyground permalink
    June 5, 2020 4:03 pm

    Trust Pilot shows how highly respected the BBC is as a news source.https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.bbc.com

  12. June 5, 2020 4:17 pm

    According to the BBC News, in September the BBC is getting a new Director General who has said he is going to accelerate change at the BBC. Unfortunately he hasn’t said in which direction he will change it. Will it become more biased with more fake news, or will it give unbiased facts? I think we can guess which way it will go.

  13. Harry Passfield permalink
    June 5, 2020 4:50 pm

    It’s up on Guido now.

  14. Richard Savage permalink
    June 5, 2020 5:06 pm

    Warmest May worldwide? That’s strange, I must live on another planet. I have been recording daily temperatures where I live here in South Africa for 26 years now and can see trends in them, and in rainfall. This May was the 5th coolest in that time.

  15. Teddy Tulloch permalink
    June 5, 2020 6:32 pm

    Having recently read Christopher Booker’s excellent book, Group Think, I find it disappointing that very few of you comments get challenged in the comments section. May may not be the warmest ever but the graph shows a clear upwards bias. The same was true on the recent comments on June 3rd about Sunny May. The Central England Temperature graph used in your comment appeared at first glance to show little trend since 1660. However, put dots rather bars on the graph and there is a clear warming this century. When global warming alarmists use a form of graph that gives a false impression, you are correctly quick to point it out. It is a small think but when comments are made that don’t seem totally justified, I find myself doubting more of the comments that have been made. It weakens the whole argument.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      June 5, 2020 6:51 pm

      Some warming isn’t disputed (on the timescale shown), the dishonest Armageddon narrative – propaganda to drive forward a political ideology, and the assertion that abandoning fossil fuels will solve it – is disputed.

      On a different timescale, well the best guess would be that the Modern Warm Period is no warmer than it was in the Middle Ages, almost certainly cooler than the Roman, definitely cooler than the Minoan. And even with those blips, we are still in a strong 7,000+ year cooling trend.

      So no, you’ve missed the point.

      • Teddy permalink
        June 5, 2020 11:19 pm

        Thanks for your reply. However, that is my point. It is all too easy to miss the point given the way it is presented. If you miss the point the whole argument is devalued.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        June 6, 2020 10:05 am

        I don’t really agree/understand, but every article can’t explain everything from scratch/in context – you have to make an assumption of some basic understanding of the issues on the part of the readers.

        Most people for instance know that levels of CO2 were only supposed to reach a noticeable effect from 1950 – and yet there was a lot of warming coming out of the little ice age before that, then a negative/flat correlation for ~35 years after!

  16. June 5, 2020 7:05 pm

    Paul, have you considered compiling a list of BBC alarmist climate claims that have proved to be misleading or false? You do a great job on individual examples of BBC propaganda but these seldom get picked up by the MSM. A long list of fake alarmism, on the other hand, exposes the real agenda of the BBC and will prompt a wider audience to wonder whether the Corporation is dishonest or just incompetent. At the very least, it would show that their climate correspondents are not up to the job or not to be trusted.

  17. Orde Solomons permalink
    June 5, 2020 9:29 pm

    Congratulate me please! After listening to Radio4 for 65 years I have switched off. I now refuse to listen to the BBC or watch BBC News. I’m sick of the liberal left, intersectional, woke AWG scaremongering bias. Classic FM anybody?

    • Crowcatcher permalink
      June 6, 2020 7:10 am

      I gave up several years ago.
      What settled it for me is the fact that if a third rate pop musician dies it’s all over the BBC like a smallpox rash, if someone of real artistic eminence dies it’s ignored (Michael Jackson’s death took up 20 minutes of the half hour of the 6pm news on R4)
      Quite frankly the BBC has been run by uncultured morons for at least the last 40 years (and I’m a retired BBC insider)!!!!!!

      • M E permalink
        June 6, 2020 12:17 pm

        It may interest you to know thst the same can be said for Radio New Zealand news and both TV news programmes. people tell me they don’t bother with them.

        BTW The Northern Hemisphere is not the whole world. We had some warm fohn winds in East Coast places because of strong winds from the Tasman Sea in May during the lockdown . But now June is bitterly cold. from the South.

      • dave permalink
        June 6, 2020 2:25 pm

        The whole idea – that “the news” should be an irritant medicine, doled out to the whole population every few hours to keep them alert and ready to ‘go over the top’ in bloody charges in obscure, undeclared, ideological wars – is, when coolly viewed, extremely odd.

        What is almost as odd is that so few gag as it is forced down.

    • Bertie permalink
      June 6, 2020 10:18 pm

      BBC Radio3 is acceptable. Only about three short news bulletins a day (still the same biased slant of course!). Much wider range of classical music than ClassicFM, knowledgeable presenters (rather than retired BBC hacks) and, best of all, no bloody adverts!

  18. Coeur de Lion permalink
    June 5, 2020 10:46 pm

    I have a neurosis about MIAMI STREETS. When Triump wisely pulled the American taxpayer out of the Green Climate Fund, Shukman’s many-layered lying had MIAMI STREETS. The closing minutes of Attenboro’s Blue Planet had MIAMI STREETS. Recently the BBC ignored tectonic movement and fresh water extraction to produce MIAMI STREETS.

  19. Phoenix44 permalink
    June 6, 2020 12:39 pm

    Once again noticable that the upward trend is driven largely by a lack of cold Mays.

  20. Thomas Carr permalink
    June 6, 2020 2:18 pm

    Good news for Steve Jones (above ) and many of us: Tim Davie is to be the next DG at the BBC in September. In The Times today Mr Davie who is already a BBC insider is quoted as saying that the BBC must ” continue to reform, make clear choices and stay relevant”. These are fairly opaque intentions but we must hope. Perhaps science based reporting will achieve some relevance. Whatever may be sent to Tim by Paul or one of us a Cc to the Chairman of the Governors would be essential.

    • Bertie permalink
      June 6, 2020 10:20 pm

      It doesn’t sound hopeful.

  21. June 7, 2020 6:05 pm

    I complained. You should too. Don’t just bitch about these deceitful propagandist arts graduate know nowts. You know more facts than ever will, because facts are not their game, manipulation through lies is.

    If people who do know the facts and science don’t complain their ignorant lies will win in the simple minds of those who just accept what they hear and repeat it down the pub so the BBC’s lies becomes the accepted wisdom of people who have no idea whether they are true or not, as now with climate change.

    Also how HItler came to power, democratically, with people believing the evil Jews controlled the World and Germans were somehow superior to everyone else, which, given the mixing of tribes and where we all originated, was ipso facto false – but they all marched behind their convenient truths.
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    Sir, On 5th June in the Today Program it was stated by Roger Harrabin that May had been the hottest on record in the UK, and globally.

    1. This was clearly false in the recorded facts of the climate per the UK met office, which was easy to check immediately using Met office data.

    2. The global statement was a clear deceit because these figures were not yet available, as any one studying the subject or using such data to perform credible observational science would know.

    3. The biased method of promoting the deceit was by legitimising an organisation called Copernicus as a credible reporter of observed climate science. It is ipso facto not such an organisation, it is a climate activist campaigning organisation, which the facts of the matter as regards the then known and unknown facts reported make doubly clear, especially the cherry picking of a few global highs w/o the balance of the global lows.

    3. To report this propaganda from Copernicus as if it were from a credible source was a deceit in itself. The credibility attributed by Harrabin to Copernicus was overtly designed to mislead the listener as regards the accuracy and reality of the statements made, which were overtly false on the clear facts of the two counts above.

    I ask that you publish a correction or statement of the facts, which is that this was the 48th hottest May on record according to the Met Office records, and the global figure when it is available, also acknowledging such change is global weather, not climate change, and that the method of measuring global change is by a 30 year moving average, in which one month’s change is a quarter of one percent of any linear average.

    It seems your reporter Harrabin would be better placed in arts reporting, where fiction is considered an art, rather than a science programme where observational accuracy is essential, and facts must be from independently verifiable observations, and must be so verified before reporting.

    Regards

    Brian RL Catt CEng, CPhys.

    • June 7, 2020 6:07 pm

      Yes, I’ve complained!

      • June 7, 2020 8:35 pm

        Got one of these yet? Such actions need numbers. The thing I learnt with Planning applications pushed through by councils, who simply force them through legally by voting that the pig in a frock is a Princess, can’t do that if thousands of people object in writing, numbers not words, BTW.

        Same for passing dodgy National laws to profit some racket excused by a non existent or trivial problem. If it lost a lot of votes they would think again.

        Hundreds of objections were not enough, they are simply gaynsayed by “official advice” or simply talked over as not important on the way to a majority vote that makes any procedurally correct project legal. However dishonest and corrupt the evidence presented to the committee by officials and their paid experts is in fact, it only has to be voted for by the people’s unknowing councillor committee fodder to be legal.

        The numpty lobby fodder for their generous expenses vote for what the officials tell them is their “best advice”. They then go on to praise their corrupt officials as hard working and honest, just to let us know the law lets them do what they like and get away with it by law. THat;s UK democracy. Legalised corruption. etc.

        As it has become an agent of this corruption, the BBC really needs shutting down ASAP, certainly as an impartial presenter of news, science and other natural observable reality, that their output denies to meet its arts graduates unknowing opinions and agendas.

        They can carry on with entertainment, but long ago lost the credibility to educate and inform based on the facts, if they ever knew them, or how science works. A taxpayer funded broadcaster cannot be biased in a democracy. and the BBC long ago lost any pretence of impartiality or a preference for facts over the deceitful partiality or pure fiction we hear almost daily, suually but not always (as with this one) qualified with “could” or “might” and “scientists say” “since records began” etc. – all to better support their unprovable beliefs and agendas. IMO.
        =================================
        BBC Complaints – Case number CAS-6155939-J8G7S6

        Thanks for contacting the BBC. This is to confirm we’ve received the attached complaint sent in this name. We’ve included the text of the complaint and a case reference for your records (see below).

        Our normal aim is to reply at this stage within 10 working days (two weeks), but at present we regret we have reduced staff numbers because of the coronavirus pandemic, and hope you will understand if we are unable to respond within normal service times. We will let you know if it may take us longer.

        We’ll normally include your complaint in our overnight report to producers and management. This will circulate your and all complaints with other reaction we receive today (but with any personal details removed) so it will then be available for the right team to read tomorrow morning.

        For full details of our complaints process please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/how-we-handle-your-complaint. Please don’t reply to this email because it’s an automated acknowledgement sent from an account which can’t receive replies. If you do need to get in touch, please use our webform instead at http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints, quoting your reference number.

        Here are the details of your complaint:

        ———-

        YOUR COMPLAINT:

        Overtly false information reported as science fact 

        On 5th June in the Today Program it was stated by Roger Harrabin that May had been the hottest on record in the UK, and globally.

        1. This was clearly false in the recorded facts of the climate per the UK met office, which was easy to check immediately using Met office data.

        2. The global statement was a clear deceit because these figures were not yet available, as any one studying the subject or using such data to perform credible observational science would know.

        3. The biased method of promoting the deceit was by legitimising an organisation called Copernicus as a credible reporter of observed climate science. It is ipso facto not such an organisation, it is a climate activist campaigning organisation, which the facts of the matter as regards the then known and unknown facts reported make doubly clear, especially the cherry picking of a few global highs w/o the balance of the global lows.

        3. To report this propaganda from Copernicus as if it were from a credible source was a deceit in itself. The credibility attributed by Harrabin to Copernicus was overtly designed to mislead the listener as regards the accuracy and reality of the statements made, which were overtly false on the clear facts of the two counts above.

        I ask that you publish a correction or statement of the facts, which is that this was the 48th hottest May on record according to the Met Office records, and the global figure when it is available, also acknowledging such change is global weather, not climate change, and that the method of measuring global change is by a 30 year moving average, in which one month’s change is a quarter of one percent of any linear average.

        It seems your reporter Harrabin would be better placed in arts reporting, where fiction is considered an art, rather than a science programme where observational accuracy is essential, and facts must be from independently verifiable observations, and must be so verified before reporting.

        Regards

        Brian RL Catt CEng, CPhys. 

        ———-

        Thank you again for contacting us,

        BBC Complaints Team
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

        Please note: this email is sent from an unmonitored address so please don’t reply. If necessary please contact us through our webform (please include your case reference number).

      • June 7, 2020 10:03 pm

        Yep!

        In fact I’ve still got a complaint from last year that they’ve tried to fob me off with four times with!

        You have to resubmit, and eventually escalate to the Complaints Executive. If they fail to sort it, you can then go to OFCOM

      • June 8, 2020 9:42 pm

        I’ve already did two. And got Benny to do one more. One is spoilt for choice with the BBC’s agenda driven “science”, One was about wholly spurious assertions regarding Chernobyl, and the other regarding the facts of nuclear power generation.

        Both were serious reality abuse, one by the soft science degree scientist Adam Rutherford, who simply makes it up when it suits him, as his core subject commonly does, to prove later with statistics, and buries the crucial lie within reasonable accurate facts to make it more credible, as in “29 died at the time, and thousands died afterwards”… when there were 20 at worst, etc..

        The BBC needs a new motto:

        “You can’t make it up, that’s our job”

  22. saparonia permalink
    June 7, 2020 8:45 pm

    Most people just take whatever slop they are fed by BBC on the chin. This is particularly evident atm.

  23. Mad Mike permalink
    June 8, 2020 12:16 pm

    I don’t know if anybody has seen this but I found it whilst on the principal-scientific website. Should be interesting for those with a more scientific understanding than me but the conclusions should interest everyone.

    Click to access Experiment_on_Greenhouse_Effect.pdf

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