However, there's also this:
Daily Mail prints article even after scientist says it misrepresents his work.
A scientist whose team wrote an interesting paper on a new climate proxy was rather surprised to see his findings trumpeted in the Daily Mail as the final nail in the coffin of anthropogenic climate change theory, according to Climate Crock of the Week. He has come out to say that, contrary to the Mail's argument, his study does not prove that the so-called Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was global, or undermine mainstream climate science.
The Daily Mail's piece is headlined 'Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming?'. This probably wasn't what Dr Zunli Lu and his team had in mind when they published their paper, which is about the discovery that ikaite, a mineral that forms in cold waters, can be used as a "reliable proxy for studying past climate conditions" because water that holds ikaite crystals together "traps information about temperatures present when the crystals formed", according to the paper's press release.
The scientists compared the climate history revealed by the ikaite with climate patterns identified using other proxies - indirect indicators of past temperatures - from the Antarctic peninsula. The group looked at both the MWP and the cold period - the Little Ice Age - that scientists believe followed.
Daily Mail makes unfounded claims on crime statistics and gets caught
A Daily Mail report claiming that last summer's riots in England were "airbrushed from official crime statistics" was likely to have misled readers, the UK Statistics Authority has ruled.
The statistics watchdog carried out research comparing the Mail's claims, made in an article in January, alongside an official Home Office crime report covering the three months to the end of September 2011.
The authority concluded: "The reporting of this information by the Daily Mail is likely to have left its readers with the impression that far fewer crimes were recorded as a result of the disorder in August than was actually the case."
The Mail article quoted official disorder statistics for several of the towns hit by rioting, taken from the Home Office report.
One line read: "In Croydon, where a 144-year-old furniture shop was one of dozens of buildings burned to the ground and a photo of a woman jumping from a first-floor inferno became one of the defining images of the riots, police recorded just seven disorder offences."
However, the UK Statistics Authority said the Mail had selected just one category from the crime report - disorder - and while the figure quoted was accurate, the majority of crimes were logged in other categories such as acquisitive crime, criminal damage and violent offences.
The authority said: "The Daily Mail article quoted the correct number of specific offences of disorder recorded by the police, but did not give the numbers of the other offences that it used to illustrate the disorder in each area.
"These included serious violent offences (such as murder), criminal damage (to buildings, cars and arson offences), and acquisitive crimes (such as burglary, robbery, vehicle and other theft)."
"The article says that in Croydon the Metropolitan Police only recorded seven disorder offences, while in fact a total of 430 offences were recorded."
Daily Mail runs with iPhone recall story from Steve Jobs Twitter account clearly marked as a fake
The Daily Mail yesterday reported Apple may recall the iPhone 4. It based the story on “confirmation” from a Steve Jobs Twitter account clearly marked as a spoof.
While Twitter account 'ceoSteveJobs' has over one million followers, reporter Richard Ashmore overlooked a vital piece of information prominently displayed in the account profile: “Of course this is a parody account.”
The spoof Steve had Tweeted “We may have to recall the iPhone. This, I did not expect.”
The paper has since removed the article without explanation.
Daily Mail faces million dollar US copyright suit from Mavrix Photo
Florida based celebrity photo agency Mavrix have filed suit against the British newspaper for multiple copyright infringements, and are seeking statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement. With up to 10 images involved the total sought comes to $1.5m plus attorney’s fees and “any such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and appropriate”.
In court documents Mavrix accuse the Mail of “a pattern and practice of intellectual property piracy”:
“One of the Daily Mail employees who Mavrix interacted in the past regarding Mavrix images was Elliot Wagland, the Daily Mail Online Picture Editor. Defendants with Mr. Wagland’s assistance have a history of copyright piracy conduct. Indeed, the pattern and practice of Defendants is to ignore the demand of photo agencies or photographers to agree to rates before use and to simply take the pictures and use them without compensation or to then offer token compensation.”
Daily Mail cites video game as proof of terrorist doomsday plot
Fear-mongering hacks at The Daily Mail have been caught mistaking footage from a popular video game series as proof of al-Qaeda's "terrifying vision" for a nuclear attack on Washington.
The paper splashed a gory image showing the utter destruction that would result from the plot by terrorists to carry out a nuclear attack. In the foreground are the charred ruins of the Capitol in a city that is utterly devoid of people, cars or any other sign of life...
Turns out the image was lifted from Fallout 3, the latest installment of a role-playing game made by Bethesda Software. Marketers describe the game, due in stores a few months, as "America's First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation". Players are left to roam America's ravaged streets in the year 2277, 200 years after nuclear bombs destroyed the nation's capitol.
A Telegraph report here claims Daily Mail hacks were hoodwinked after the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist websites, posted the image first, along with claims it had been posted to forums where terrorists were discussing the feasibility of nuclear strikes on the US and Britain.
Daily Mail criticised over Amanda Knox guilty story
...The Mail found itself at the centre of the controversy after its website Mail Online not only reported a guilty verdict for Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito but published a prepared story that purported to detail the reaction of those in the court room and quotes from prosecutors.
...Blogger Malcolm Coles, who was one of the first to spot Mail Online error, said last night: "I'm not sure it gets more embarrassing than this for a news site ... At the sound of the word 'guilty', they hit publish on a story about her appeal being rejected that includes reactions from the family and prosecutors being delighted - reactions that can't have happened as she was found NOT guilty of murder."
Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.
Daily Mail Wins Worst Science Article Prize
Each year, Dorothy Bishop, professor of developmental neuropsychology at England's University of Oxford, gives an award for "an article in an English-language national newspaper that achieves an unusually high level of inaccuracy." This year the Daily Mail garnered the dubious honor for its article "Just ONE cannabis joint ‘can cause psychiatric episodes similar to schizophrenia’ as well as damaging memory."
The article set a record low on Bishop's inaccuracy scale. It implied that humans could experience psychiatric episodes if they smoked small amounts of cannabis. The study the article was based on showed only that smoking an ultra-strong, synthetic compound similar to cannabis yielded inconclusive results--and the study involved not humans but mice.
The prize, properly the "Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation," is given on the basis of a point system, with three points for an error in a headline, two points for an error in a subhead, and one point for an error in the text. The winning article was awarded 23 points, achieving a new standard above last year's example article, which received 16.
Perhaps the award should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as the Daily Mail article was the only piece nominated.
Science writer and media critic Neurobonkers conducted a point-by-point demolition of the article in a blog post, noting that "Words that appear in the Daily Mail but that don't appear once in the study" included "behavior, cannabis, smoking, strongest, joint, developing, young, paranoid, mental, problems, accurate, mimics, trigger, abuse, abusers."
And, of course, there are also the blatant errors in the Daily Mail Disneyland article itself.