Media 101 – How to jump a shark

UPDATE: 1/5/12 5:30AM – Due to reader pressure, the article has been changed – see below the Continue reading line.

The story about the hybrid sharks being a byproduct of climate change turns out to be an act of quote fabrication in some media outlets. This story by Dina Spector of the Business Insider, is a prime example of such quote fabrication:

After I showed the original press release contained not one mention of “global warming” or “climate change”, one of our readers decided to ask the researcher about this statement attributed to to Jessica Morgan in that Business Insider story:

According to lead researcher Jess Morgan, the hybridization might be a sign that the animals are adapting to rising temperature levels as a result of climate change.

Here’s the answer. Bolding mine.

I did the obvious thing this morning and emailed Jessica Morgan the following:

From: Dennis Kuzara [mailto:xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, 5 January 2012 1:04 AM
To: jessica morgan
Subject: Is this quote accurate?

Jessica

Dina Spector of the Business Insider,| Jan. 3, 2012, 3:09 PM, stated the following:

> The world’s first hybrid shark was discovered by scientists in waters off Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, reports Amy Coopes of the AFP.
>
> According to lead researcher Jess Morgan, the hybridization might be a sign that the animals are adapting to rising temperature levels as a result of climate change.

The press release made no mention of “climate change” or “global warming”. Is the quote in this news article that is attributed to Jess Morgan, (which I assume is Jessica Morgan) accurate?

Since sea surface temperatures have increased less than 0.45 degree C over the last 30 years, clarification of any known ties between shark interbreeding and climate change would be appreciated.

Thank you
Dennis Kuzara

And I received this reply:
On 1/4/2012 7:34 PM, Morgan, Jessica wrote:

Quote not correct – I have now stated numerous times that it is extremely unlikely that climate change caused the hybridization event – however, the hybrid-Australian blacktips are now being seen further south of their known range (Australain blacktips have a tropical distribution) in cooler waters suggesting that the hybrids may have a wider temperature tolerance than their parents (ie the hybrids may be better adapted to handle changing water temperatures). That long statement is being condensed and printed as your quote below.

Jess

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Interestingly and refreshingly, Business Insider allows you to ask a question of the reporter, here’s a screencap of the footer allowing you to do just that:

You can click anywhere on the screencap (or the button) above to ask Dina that question. I’m sure we all want to know why. We look forward to hearing why the Business Insider makes up “scary” quotes from scientists where none actually exist.

According to her website at http://dinaspector.com:

Dina Spector graduated summa cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a B.S. in magazine journalism and a minor in geography.

A fine reference, and I’m sure she’ll have a good reason rooted in solid journalism that she’ll gladly share with us.

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UPDATE: The article has been significantly changed, both the headline and body of the text have been modified significantly, and the fabricated quote from researcher Jessica Morgan has been removed. See the screencap:

There’s no mention though of any correction on the story. http://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-first-hybrid-shark–2012-1

And, even though researcher Jessica Morgan says:

I have now stated numerous times that it is extremely unlikely that climate change caused the hybridization event

They still have “climate change” in the headline.

No duty to the truth or scruples with these folks I guess.

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UPDATE2: I’ve heard back from the editor:

From: Henry Blodget
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 6:06 PM
To: Watts Up With That – contact email
Cc: Dina Spector
Subject: Re: courtesy note – your story on sharks and scary global warming
Thanks.  Will defer to Dina on this.Henry

On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM, Watts Up With That – contact email <wattsup@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Here’s a story about your story, I’m sure you are already getting some questions


Henry Blodget
CEO/EIC, Business Insider
257 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor
New York, NY  10010

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155 Responses to Media 101 – How to jump a shark

  1. AndyG55 says:

    “Dina Spector graduated summa cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a B.S. in magazine journalism and a minor in geography.”

    What is the B.S. short for ?

  2. Bob says:

    People major in journalism because they are bad at numbers and language.

  3. Skeptic Tank says:

    The second paragraph tells me all I need to know:

    “… might be a sign that animals are adapting … ”

    Are they allowed to do that?

  4. Marian says:

    “The story about the hybrid sharks being a byproduct of climate change turns out to be an act of quote fabrication in some media outlets”

    Well, err guessed as much.

    Typical Climate Change Hyperbole rubbish as usual.

  5. ShrNfr says:

    I’m sharked by all of this. It really bites.

  6. Bernie says:

    Well done Dennis. Very nicely put question to Jessica as well. I will hold my breath until I hear the corrections – not.

  7. tokyoboy says:

    A typical, cr*p, complete non-sequitur?

  8. Eric Dailey says:

    I’m shocked, shocked that the dailymedia got it wrong.

  9. DirkH says:

    The “business insider” will be one website I’ll avoid. Low hiring standards it seems.

  10. Karl Maki says:

    Ms. Spector’s focus at Syracuse was clearly on the B.S.

  11. REPORTERS: they report the STORY, working with editors and other folks.

    HEADLINE WRITERS: they write the HEADLINES. I think they rarely consult the reporter, but I don’t know if that varies from place to place…

    Of course, both are at fault here, I think.

  12. TomT says:

    It looks like this maybe the black-tip of the iceberg.

  13. Craig Moore says:

    Perhaps she could put a warming spin to this…. I remember reading that some fish biologists had crossed a coho salmon with a walleye pike. They call this new fish a Cowall. However, it didn’t fight very hard so they then crossed it with a muskie. The Cowallskie didn’t seem to know how to swim but it was meaner than hell. So they crossed that fish with a Killer Whale. It became know as Killer Cowallskie that swam liked a Canadian wrestler.

  14. Jason Joice M.D. says:

    Dina Spector, BS in magazine journalism…
    and I emphasize the BS!!!

  15. Latitude says:

    however, the hybrid-Australian blacktips are now being seen further south of their known range
    ============================================
    They just “discovered” the stupid hybrids, they don’t know what their range is of might be….
    …what range? probably seen further north too, but no ones looking there………
    This is picking in the worst case…..using the warmer water parent as the range finder
    How about turning it around, using the cooler water parent, and saying they are now being seen further north of their know range……..

    You cross a cooler water shark with a warmer water shark, and you’re surprised that the range for the cooler water shark is extended into warmer water???

    Truth is, you can’t make that jump just because something is a hybrid. You don’t know what traits might be enhanced or suppressed…you might even get something completely different.
    ….and you can’t assume this is something new, just because someone looked for the first time

    /rant

  16. Andrew30 says:

    Dina Spector is a reporter?

  17. She evidently has been practicing jumping for awhile:

    Outspoken Climate Skeptic Admits He Was Wrong About Global Warming
    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-10-25/news/30319221_1_global-warming-climate-debate-climategate

    Al Gore Shreds The Wall Street Journal Over Climate Change Article
    http://www.themediabriefing.com/article/2011-09-09/al-gore-shreds-the-wall-street-journal-over-climate-change-article

    FLOODS, HEAT WAVES AND STORMS: Here’s What The Future Of The Planet Looks Like
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2011/11/global-warming.html

  18. Latitude: I think you have it backwards

    Note that unlike the USA, where further south usually means warmer, in Australia “further south” means closer to Antarctica, where the water gets colder. As noted in Jess’s reply the sharks are becoming more cold adapted, which is the opposite of what Dina implied.

  19. or this:
    15 Irrefutable Signs That Climate Change Is Real
    http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-global-warming-scientific-evidence-2011-8#ixzz1iY4WftG2

    I think you get the trend…

  20. Andrew30 says:

    Dina Spector’s Experience

    Reporter
    Business Insider
    Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Online Media industry
    August 2010 – Present (1 year 6 months) New York,NY
    Responsibilities include managing Business Insider’s fast-growing stable of outside contributors and syndication partners; working with online editors to curate and promote quality stories and features that MAXIMIZE SITE TRAFFIC; producing and editing content across website’s verticals

    Production
    Assistant Books By Design
    August 2010 – August 2010 (1 month) Boston, MA
    Copy edited, FACT CHECKED, proofread English and history textbooks in production; provided administrative support to project managers

    Source: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dinaspector

    It looks like she may have made the switch from fact checking to maximizing site traffic when she moved to the Privately Held Business Insider. With your addition of her ‘story’ and a link from the “The world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change” she clearly has met one of her performance objectives.

    I’m sure she will thank you later.

  21. Geoff Milke says:

    Mr. Watts
    Thank you for your wonderful website and informative posts. Keep up the good work.

    I just sent an email to Ms. Spector and will let you know if she replies.

  22. Jeremy says:

    Communications degrees are the diploma mill of otherwise legitimate universities. Everyone knows this. Her credentials mean squat.

  23. Sean Peake says:

    @Craig Moore. Excellent!

  24. S. Holmes says:

    Ahhh a new word “hybrids” Old words “mongrels” or mixed race etc. Sharks have finally been caught out. Humans, cats and dogs are also hybrids then??? Shit this global warming must have started millions of years ago then!! Then by deduction one could say no problem then therefore no problem now obviously. What do you say Watson?

  25. goldie says:

    Was quoted as fact in The Australian over the Christmas Break – shame they usually get these things right, but its silly season here.

  26. Andrew30 says:

    Anthony;
    It’s like you just used the front page of the National Inquirer for the picture on the back of the Readers Digest.

  27. ShrNfr says:

    @Andrew30 Actually, she appears to be something of a writer of fantasy stuff.

  28. John says:

    Very interesting. The hybrids can go further SOUTH, into COLDER waters. I hadn’t fully realized how much colder the earth was getting…..

  29. David Ball says:

    Forgive her for being a product of the uni’s.

  30. jerry says:

    Obviously the sharks are being overhunted by manbearpigs, their natural predator.

  31. Pat Moffitt says:

    I’m not sure this is all on the reporters. The Washington Post article by Juliet Eilperin http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/first-ever-hybrid-shark-discovered-off-australia/2012/01/03/gIQAPy00YP_story.html follows:
    “Australian blacktips confine themselves to tropical waters, which end around Brisbane, while the hybrid sharks swam more than 1,000 miles south to cooler areas around Sydney. Simpfendorfer, who directs the university’s Centre of Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, said this may suggest the hybrid species has an evolutionary advantage as the climate changes.”
    It also seems that Prof. Colin Simpfendorfer emailed Eilprin “that he and his colleagues “don’t know what is causing these species to be mating together.” They are investigating factors including the two species’ close relationship, fishing pressure and climate change.”

    I’m having a lot of problems with this because everything I’m finding says the supposedly tropical Australian blacktop has historically been found far south of Brisbane. This write up says Australian blacktips are found in Sydney some 750kms to the south of Brisbane. http://www.carnivoraforum.com/index.cgiboard=current&action=display&thread=13559#ixzz1iXq9gIi6
    And this 2010 study http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02770.x/abstract says the Australian blacktips are not restricted to tropical waters which means almost a complete overlap with the common blacktip.

    So why would fishery researchers claim a shark was not found outside of tropical waters when it seems they most certainly are? And why did they feel the need to mention climate when the alee effect of fishing pressure was a far more plausible explaination?
    Temperature cannot explain the interbreeding- whether or not the Australian blacktips are tropical. The only plausible explanation is the alee effect or this happens more than we think.
    So why mention climate change at all?

  32. Don.W says:

    The more I think about this, the madder I get. Tomorrow after I relax a bit I will be drafting a letter to Ms. Spector as well as the Business Insider editor. I would suggest that we all do the same so that Ms. Spector and the Business Insider understand that dogma is NOT journalism.

    “…it is extremely unlikely that climate change caused the hybridization event.”

    My hackles are up and it’s going to take all night to get them back down again!
    D.W.

  33. Maxbert says:

    Add it to the list. Right up there with “man-made global warming increases prostitution” (my personal favorite).

  34. Mike Wryley says:

    Apparently, shark morals aren’t they used to be.

  35. James Sexton says:

    Latitude says:
    January 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    ……….
    They just “discovered” the stupid hybrids, they don’t know what their range is of might be….
    ….and you can’t assume this is something new, just because someone looked for the first time
    =======================================================
    No way, dude!!! The hole in the ozone layer was new when we first saw it!!! And, pH balance of specific places in the ocean slightly changes….. that’s gotta be brand new, too!!! And droughts like we had before, except they’re different…… that’s new and weird!!! And, floods like we had before except now they’re different! And ice melting in Greenland,…. that’s was new after it had already happened a few hundred years ago…. and…….
    ;-)
    /sarc

  36. u.k.(us) says:

    Reminds me of this, from Wiki (sorry):

    “Chinese whispers[1] is one name for a game played around the world, in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement announced by the last player differs significantly, and often amusingly, from the one uttered by the first. Some players also deliberately alter what is being said in order to guarantee a changed message by the end of it.

    The game is often played by children as a party game or in the playground. It is often invoked as a metaphor for cumulative error, especially the inaccuracies as rumours or gossip spread,[2] or, more generally, for the unreliability of human recollection.”
    ============
    Also known as “telephone”: a condition sometimes cured by checking the source of information.
    Skeptics have been known to check sources.

  37. polistra says:

    @Pat Moffitt “So why mention climate change at all?”

    The researcher is invoking Dillinger’s Theorem. That’s where the money is.

  38. Andrew30 says:

    Mods, I thought that I had posted this but it looks to have gotten lost, a follow on post (Andrew30 January 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm) has alredy shown up.
    =====
    Dina Spector’s Experience

    Reporter
    Business Insider
    Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Online Media industry
    August 2010 – Present (1 year 6 months) New York,NY
    Responsibilities include managing Business Insider’s fast-growing stable of outside contributors and syndication partners; working with online editors to curate and promote quality stories and features that MAXIMIZE SITE TRAFFIC; producing and editing content across website’s verticals

    Production
    Assistant Books By Design
    August 2010 – August 2010 (1 month) Boston, MA
    Copy edited, FACT CHECKED, proofread English and history textbooks in production; provided administrative support to project managers

    Source: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dinaspector

    It looks like she may have made the switch from fact checking to maximizing site traffic when she moved to the Privately Held Business Insider. With your addition of her ‘story’ and a link from the “The world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change” she clearly has met one of her performance objectives.

    Anthony, I’m sure she will thank you later.

  39. Steve Garcia says:

    @Latitude 6:39 pm:

    “….and you can’t assume this is something new, just because someone looked for the first time.”

    Hey, they did it with the ozone hole.

    General question: How does one get a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism????? Where is the science in Journalism?

  40. Wucash says:

    Life adapting to their environment? I thought that was a big PC no no these days.

  41. Steve Garcia says:

    Dina Spector is probably asking herself, “Why me? Everyone else asserts global warming erases pimples and caused the angels to fall out of Heaven, and here I pipe in with my first byline, and I throw ONE little exaggeration out there, and Anthony WATTS of all people!, bites me in the butt!” /snarc

  42. Steve Garcia says:

    Re that B.S. in Journalism, I wonder if Dina Spector misspelled “B.A.”? /snarc

    Alternatively, I wonder, is spelling the science class in Journalism these days? /snarc

    She should have gone to the University of Missouri, where Journalism rates higher than Basket Weaving. /snarc

  43. Steve Garcia says:

    @polistra 7:41 pm:

    @Pat Moffitt “So why mention climate change at all?”

    The researcher is invoking Dillinger’s Theorem. That’s where the money is.

    She learned about Dillinger’s Theorem from James Hansen. /snarc

  44. Smokey says:

    Tip for Dina Spector: global warming causes more sex!

  45. Andrew30 says:

    An obvious agenda…
    http://www.dinaspector.com/

    A Sickly Shade of Green: What’s Killing On-Campus Environmental Student Activism?
    http://www.dinaspector.com/Student%20Voice%20article.html

    Testing Students Environmental IQ on Earth Day
    Environmental IQ Quiz

    … and no objectivity or accuracy

    The quintessential modern Climate Science repeater.
    Understanding Why they repeat is often more informative than What they repeat.

  46. Richard says:

    She has a B.S. in magazine journalism. Does B.S. stand for what I think it stands for?

  47. Doug S says:

    This may be an example of a reporter thinking she was doing the responsible thing by linking the story to climate change. As skeptics and lovers of science it’s incumbent upon us to rise above the emotional aspects of this journalistic mistake and understand what caused it. In a case like this, my gut tells me that the young lady could have had the best of intentions but may have been indoctrinated into climate religion by the educational system she attended. We need to flank this attack on science and get into the elementary schools and stop the climate change religion from infecting the minds of our children. We can see the frightening results in this woman’s report. It’s very dangerous because as bad as the climate change religious indoctrination is, there can be more insidious indoctrinations. The example of Nazi Germany should make it quite clear to all thinking people that indoctrinations need to be stopped quickly and decisively.

  48. Pat Moffitt says:

    This theme of cold water shark interbreeding with warm water shark is in every article US, Australia and elsewhere and is not limited to Dina Spector’s article. An example:

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/hybrid-sharks-found-in-australian-waters/story-e6frg12c-1226235321454Dr Jennifer Ovenden, of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, said: “Hybridization could enable the sharks to adapt to environmental change as the smaller Australian black tip currently favours tropical waters in the north while the larger common black tip is more abundant in sub-tropical and temperate waters along the south-eastern Australian coastline.”

    The above is a meaningless statement told to the reporters- the range overlaps so why dwell on a temperature gradient between the species? This range mapfrom the Queensland government shows a complete overlap of both shark species in their tropical waters. http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_12085.htm

    Where it really gets interesting is the DNA test used to discover these hybrids is new (2011)
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03023.x/abstract. And you cannot identify the hybrid without the DNA test.

    And it really starts to go off the rails here:
    http://news.discovery.com/animals/hybrid-shark-australia-climate-change-120103.html
    “Colin Simpfendorfer, a partner in Morgan’s research from James Cook University, said initial studies suggested the hybrid species was relatively robust, with a number of generations discovered across 57 specimens.

    So they found a number of generation – and lets assume 5 years for a generation (minimum) so we are going back at least several decades that we know of and possibly much longer– but it is this statement that really makes me scratch my head:
    “The hybrids were extraordinarily abundant, accounting for up to 20 percent of black-tip populations in some areas, but Morgan said that didn’t appear to be at the expense of their single-breed parents, adding to the mystery.”

    If some 20% of the population in some areas are these “hybrids” were they ever really different species or simply sub-populations? To reach 20% of the population for hybrids I’m assuming that the interbreeding has been occurring for a relatively long time.

  49. ben says:

    Even if climate change were the cause of the emergence of this new kind of animal, what is scary about it? I draw comfort if ecosystems can adapt to changing temperatures, rather than collapse.

  50. jtom says:

    The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University might want to consider adding a journalist ethics course to their curriculum.

  51. Peak Warming Man says:

    John says:
    January 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Very interesting. The hybrids can go further SOUTH, into COLDER waters. I hadn’t fully realized how much colder the earth was getting…..
    —————————————————————————————————-

    This is why I love this site, the people here are really switched on.

  52. GlynnMhor says:

    Finding hybridization between, for example, a Hammerhead and a Nurse shark would be extraordinary, but given how little we know of sharks, and how similar these two are, it’s possible that someday these two species might even be relegated to subspecies.

    This would parallel the renaming of bears, putting Thalarctos maritimus into the genus Ursus, for example, and making the Kodiak and Grizzly bears subspecies of Ursus Arctos.

    It’s hardly a big deal.

  53. kcom1 says:

    From TheGoodLocust (in the previous thread about this):
    “Ah yes, I heard someone from New Zealand going off on this as absolute proof of global warming.”

    I couldn’t forget this line all day. How is this story absolute proof of anything? Two interbred sharks are found (apparently) in one small part of the world and that proves something about a complex, worldwide problem in physics and chemistry? And proves it absolutely?

    I hope that silly person hears Jess Morgan’s reply and feels the proper amount of shame and embarrassment for their ridiculous carrying on – and their jaw-dropping level of naivete.

  54. Dave Worley says:

    Dina’s just a cute young cub reporter…a dreamer…writing up her fantasies.
    Funny how major media will run with a story from such a source.
    Not funny that they can make it stick in so many minds.

  55. ShrNfr says:

    I hope they do not go as far south as Adelaide. They might eat Barrie Harrop by mistake and get very, very, very sick. Even worse, they would make fools of themselves posting in the WSJ comments sections.

  56. Andrew30 says:

    Her ‘story’ has been ‘revised’.
    New headline, new story, same agenda, sort of a Climate Change ‘lite’
    [The World's First Hybrid Shark Could Be A Sign Of Climate Change]

    She may have been ‘asked’ to do a re-write (only the by-line is unchanged) but she is clinging to the Climate Change angle as one of many possibilities. Good thing there is a screen scrape for posterity. I guess this blog entry may show up on Google in a few years, and then she may have some more ‘splanin to do.

    (Dina, you can’t just ‘Re-Write’ the internet. It never forgets.)

  57. Paul says:

    NO, No, No, NO! If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times. Don’t be redunandant.
    Journalism and BS are synonymous!

  58. Bob Diaz says:

    What is troubling is when a Journalist is proud to call themselves an “environmental activist”. Back in the 1960s, such a bias would be unthinkable, but today, some are proud to hold such a position. You can NOT be an objective reporter and an activist at the same time, the two are a contradiction.

    Try this, go to YAHOO and search for, “Journalist environmental activist” , it’s scarey to see how easy it is to find so many “Journalist and environmental activists”.

  59. Jeff Alberts says:

    And now for something completely different, a climate-change induced, hybrid, black-tip shark.

    We’ve done that!

    Oh, uhhh. A Scotsman on a horse!

  60. jorgekafkazar says:

    Karl Maki says: “Ms. Spector’s focus at Syracuse was clearly on the B.S.”

    “…Responsibilities include managing Business Insider’s fast-growing stable…”

    So is she a BS expert or an HS expert? Enquiring minds want to know.

    Pat Moffitt says: So why mention climate change at all?

    “Climate Change” aka “Global Warming” is a sort of shibboleth that must be uttered in every scientific paper [climate related or not] to pay fealty to “The Cause.” These phrases will become a hideous embarrassment to researchers in a few years. Based on this post, Jess Morgan is focused on science, not politics.

  61. DocattheAutopsy says:

    This will be fun. It’s kind of like adding “in bed” at the end of fortune cookies. So, to any story, find a line and add “as a result of climate change.”

    1) Mitt Romney wins Iowa Caucus as a result of climate change.
    2) The new cast of the “Celebrity Apprentice” has been announced as a result of climate change.
    3) The San Francisco 49ers earned a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs as a result of climate change.

    It works for almost anything!

  62. Pat Moffitt says:

    The great irony here is a 2011 DNA test method “proves” hybrid sharks have been around since the 1980s- or the time when we decided the hybrid’s parents were not the same species.

    Go figure.

  63. Matt says:

    Anthony – Great example of ‘jumping the shark’, but in the future I think it’s best to completely ignore Business Insider. They are an advertising driven site that relies on sensationalist garbage masquerading as actual content.

    Took me a few seconds to place Business Insider when I saw your post. Two weeks ago, after reading this truly asinine gem of an article (link below), I learned enough about BI and their ‘authors’ to know I wanted to actively avoid them.

    According to Henry Blodget, we can all break windows until we’re rich – http://www.businessinsider.com/no-steve-jobs-did-not-create-jobs-by-inventing-the-iphone-2011-12

  64. Al Gored says:

    The more serious question is whether these hybrids will find a place in shark society or be shunned for their illegitimate background. The tough cold water ones are probably pretty up tight about chumming with those warm water wussies, even if they can’t help but jump each other when fins rub and the mood is right.

    The UN will need to develop an outreach program to counsel the offspring of these casual flings, to help them build their self esteem and adjust. It was written somewhere that this whole moral decline of sharks is driven by AGW so it could be part of their climate change mitigation program.

  65. William McClenney says:

    Question…..

    Can I.Q.accurately be measured below zero?

  66. Paul says:

    I may also add that journalists are just people like the rest of us with their own opinions and biases, and that in recording a story may easily phrase something in a manner that may be misconstrued.
    Recognizing these things while we may disagree with what is said we are best to at least examine the remarks/content of an article for its value. I for one recognizing the apparent attempts in some circles to quash free speech stand in favor of hearing both sides of the arguments and am glad to see them presented here as in other place. Long live free speech and the right to report and publish. Thank you Journalists for all the good that you do

  67. Nylo says:

    It may happen that the hybrid adapts better to climate change should it happen in any measurable degree, but there’s no possible way that Climate Change CAUSED the hybridation. I cannot imagine a Shark deciding to mate another shark just because he does better in different waters. They don’t rationalise that. If they mate, it will be because of some weird inter-species sex-appeal, which is the way nature has always worked. It creates all kind of aberrations until one of them happens to have a useful advantage, defeating the incredibly small odds that it could happen, just by the force of the big numbers.

  68. Looks like they’ve “corrected” the article. The title now reads:

    “The World’s First Hybrid Shark Could Be A Sign Of Climate Change”

    “Is Another Scary” becomes “Could Be”. This is what passes for integrity and professionalism in journalism now.

  69. Al Gored says:

    More about wild indiscrimate AGW-driven shark orgies:

    “Is it true that sharks have two penises? Why?

    Kalvin from Richmond, Ont.

    Neat question, Kalvin!

    Technically, male sharks don’t have penises. What they do have are grooved organs that are used to deposit sperm into the genital duct of sexually receptive female sharks. These organs, called ‘claspers’, are developed along the inner margin of each pelvic fin (the paired fins located behind a shark’s belly). Because the pelvic fins are paired, so are the claspers. That’s really all there is to it.

    Curiously, although male sharks have two claspers, they only use one at a time. Unfortunately, mating behavior has been observed in only a few species of sharks, but already some basic features of courtship and copulation are clear. When not in use, both claspers lie flat against the undersurface of the body. After communicating its amorous intentions to a sexually receptive female shark through ritualized swimming and gentle ‘love nips’ along her back or flanks, the male grasps one of her pectoral fins (the wing-like fins located behind the gill slits) in his mouth and arches his body so that his pelvic fins are brought close to hers. If the amorous male happened to ‘dock’ along the left side of the female, he flexes his right clasper across the mid-line of his body and inserts it into her vent (genital opening). To secure the inserted clasper in place, its tip unfolds in complex, species specific ways — often anchoring by way of one or more spike-like clasper spurs (ouch!). Often, shark mating occurs on the bottom, with the larger female inverted (upside-down), but in some active species — such as the Great White (Carcharodon carcharias) mating apparently occurs right side-up and at or near the surface. In any case, if the male shark happens to dock along the right side of the receptive female, he uses his left clasper.

    There is, however, a report from British waters of a pair of Tope Sharks (Galeorhinus galeus) that were captured together, a male and a female locked belly-to-belly by both claspers. So, in case you thought it might be fun to have two penises, you have been warned!”

    http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/topics/lh_2penises.htm

  70. dtbronzich says:

    And poodles mixed with cocker spaniels make cocka-poos….yawn. This isn’t about inter-species, sharks are not mating with dolphins, it’s about breeds and interbreeding. If these showed up at a shark show, they’d never get through the door.

  71. markus says:

    Paul says:
    January 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    “I may also add that journalists are just people like the rest of us with their own opinions and biases, and that in recording a story may easily phrase something in a manner that may be misconstrued.”

    No way Paul, my profession excludes me from phrasing any bias that can be misconstrued. Wonton factual misconstruction must be condemned in any journal. Free speech should not stand stand in favor of lies. Many of us do not have the cognitive ability or knowledge to disseminate fact from propaganda and are misled by this type of shoddy journalism.

    Liberty to say what you what is free speech. I agree free speech when expressed as a opinion can rightly express a bias, it’s not a story. A journal is different, it’s not free speech. It is a journalists responsibility to report without bias.

    I agree there would be limits to this novice reporters culpability, but for the sake of free speech it is a responsible course to heavily reprimand her, and those who emulate her low journalistic standards.

  72. Perry says:

    In the case of these sharks, there is an improvement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterosis

    In the case of Spector, only regression, Here is an example of the serious reporting at Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/business-insider-face-swaps-2011-12?op=1

  73. markus says:

    On 1/4/2012 7:34 PM, Morgan, Jessica wrote:
    “” – however, the hybrid-Australian blacktips are now being seen further south of their known range (Australain blacktips have a tropical distribution) in cooler waters suggesting that the hybrids may have a wider temperature tolerance than their parents (ie the hybrids may be better adapted to handle changing water temperatures).””

    So what! Nothing new. Charles Darwin wrote a big journal all about this known phenomenon. Want a crossbreed example, try the Australian platypus. When a white tip European mates a black tip Indigenous Australian then the offspring has a greater tolerance to cancerous skin damage from UV radiation.

  74. KenB says:

    Headline – sex trumps temperature, next we will have human species intermixing due to climate change……………………….

  75. pat says:

    moving on to harp seals:

    5 Jan: Summit County Voice: Bob Berwyn: Global warming: Harp seal habitat vanishing fast
    “The kind of mortality we’re seeing in eastern Canada is dramatic. Entire year-classes may be disappearing from the population in low ice years – essentially all of the pups die,” said David W. Johnston, research scientist at the Duke University Marine Lab. “It calls into question the resilience of the population.”
    The study, published today in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that seasonal sea ice cover in all four harp seal breeding regions in the North Atlantic has declined by as much as 6 percent per decade since 1979, when satellite records of ice conditions in the region began…
    http://summitcountyvoice.com/2012/01/05/global-warming-harp-seal-habitat-vanishing-fast/

  76. Brian H says:

    Paul says:
    January 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    NO, No, No, NO! If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times. Don’t be redunandant.
    Journalism and BS are synonymous!

    Does the “and” part make it doubly redundant?

  77. Brian H says:

    markus says:
    January 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    A journal is different, it’s not free speech. It is a journalists responsibility to report without bias.

    I agree there would be limits to this novice reporters culpability, but for the sake of free speech it is a responsible course to heavily reprimand her, and those who emulate her low journalistic standards.

    All this yada about “free speech”: the term actually (especially legally) refers to freedom to criticize the government, not freedom to lie and mislead without consequences.

  78. Harry Kal says:

    And who tells me that this is the first inbreed ever in sharks?
    Did they monitor that over the last 10000 years exactly?

    Harry

  79. Allan MacRae says:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/24/mann-hockey-stick-co-author-bradley-it-may-be-that-mann-et-al-simply-dont-have-the-long-term-trend-right/#more-53634

    Just assume that nothing these people (global warming alarmists) have ever written, or will ever write, is worth reading. The probability is you will be more right than wrong, and just think of all the time you’ll save.

    Wattsnext?
    In less than a decade, the global warming “crisis” will be utterly discredited. Earth will be naturally cooling and humankind will be very concerned about the adequacy of global food supply. There will be bitter recriminations about the trillion-plus dollars squandered on the scam of global warming. Broken wind farms will litter the landscape, with no money to decommission them. Corn ethanol for motor fuel will be considered heresy. The names of the leading global warmists will live in infamy.

  80. Lea says:

    It strikes me that the simplest explanation is that since taxonomy was historically based on morphology, which can be inexact, and not genetics per se, that what they have “discovered” is that there is a certain amount of morphological heterogeneity within that shark population that they are (mis?)- interpreting as seperate discrete species. In fact, history (and DNA studies) may subsequently prove that the two groups and their “hybrids” are all one population. There are many current controversies in taxonomy, especially in the marine realm. In fact, it may even be that the simple geographic variable of their distribution (water temperature, prey species) itself is CAUSING the differences in morphology, and is not the RESULT of it.

  81. Roy says:

    This hybrid shark scare is yet another thing that should be added to the Warmlist.

    A complete list of things caused by global warming
    http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm

  82. spence says:

    There’s an even bigger story behind this, and that is ‘news for sale’

    There’s a big network of small ‘news’ organizations, maybe more than 10,000 outlets that have published this in remarkably efficient fashion, and it’s always the same organizations, the ones that went with the untrue story ‘Russia plants flag on seabed at north pole’ (this was an attempt to stoke up oil prices). Something very strange is going on with syndicated news.

  83. Anoneumouse says:

    It would appear that Dina Spector is taking the pistrix

  84. Viv Evans says:

    Thanks for getting the clarification by Jessica Morgan.

    The alarmist reports in the MSM, as shown in the previous thread in general, and here in particular, underline yet again the dire state of scientific education in our institutions, right across the globe.

    It seems that a general ‘knowledge’ of AGW, decorated with a degree in PR or Media Studies, is sufficient to become an instant pundit, with pulpit (MSM) to push alarmist ‘science’, and to give any scientific papers who are not alarmist, the required spin.

    This state of affairs has been going for a good decade. We find such people everywhere, from the small local papers to the big organisations like the BBC.

    If even the scientists who did the research and wrote the papers cannot get a retraction, then what chance have we to convince our politicians that they are and have been taken for a ride by the alarmists?

    Finally – I hope it is now evident that climate “science”, in the form of AGW alarmism, is such a failure because neither physics nor biology nor geology nor palaeontology is taken into account in their ‘models’. And they’ve been shown to be abysmal statisticians and computer programmers as well.
    It puzzles me why so many scientists still keep their mouths shut about this dismal “science”.

  85. Christoph Dollis says:

    I think it’s more a sign that one shark [snip . . not cool] the other shark.

  86. Gareth Phillips says:

    Good to see that the annual slaughter of Harp seals and the complaints by Newfie fishermen that they eat to much fish due to an increased population are inconvenient statistics not worthy of mention in the BBC report. Otters have recently recognised our river after a 50 year absence. Is this due to changes in Co2?

  87. Dr. John M. Ware says:

    First, to clear up the B.S. issue: In the USA there are two main tracks for a 4-year college degree, the B.S. (Bachelor of Science) and B.A. (Bachelor of Arts). Both degree types are available in many fields. In general, the B.S. curriculum contains more “hands-on” or practical courses, while the B.A. curriculum has more theoretical courses. Typically the B.A. has more writing, philosophy, or investigative emphasis, while the B.S. goes more toward practical applications.

    Each field of study could have its own set of degree tracks. I taught music for many years. The B.S. was reserved for music education; it required methods courses within the education department. The B.A. was reserved for performers and researchers in music but had several required courses outside of music; a broad and somewhat strong degree. The strongest degree in music was the B.M. (Bachelor of Music) degree, which had the highest number of credits in the student’s major (e.g., piano, voice, composition, theory, etc.) and the fewest credits outside of music. There was also a B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, which was stronger than the B.S. but was diluted by the education credits and not as strong in music as the B.M. Not many schools offered all four of these; most offered one or two.

    In journalism the B.A. was considered a stronger degree than the B.S., but at some schools only one of the pair was offered. I don’t know the situation at the young lady’s school.

    Second, about the sharks: Recent discovery does not necessarily mean recent origin. The oceans are wide and deep, and even the small fraction embraced within the study has a forbiddingly large volume and discouragingly small penetration by human investigators. For the population of the hybrid sharks to have reached the large levels enabling discovery, they must have been around for many years, likely centuries or millennia. The fact that only a few generations have been somehow isolated simply testifies that individual sharks don’t live long enough for more generations to be extant at once.

  88. Dave says:

    I for one welcome our new shark overlords!!!

  89. At 5.10 pm on Wednesday 7 Feb 1992, I seated myself in the lounge of the Eola Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi, to avoid the rain. A newspaper by my side, “The Sun” carried headlines of “Kite Lifts 6 year old girl 200 ft into the sky.” “Renter finds $23,000 in toilet bowl.” “Porker Gives Birth to Human Piglet.” “Man shoots at Opossum and blows up his house.” But the corker was “Tourist Finds Basketball-Size Diamond!” It was reportedly found near Australia’s Ayer’s Rock by Chicago tourist & businessman Harry Kurtz…… It’s archived, probably it’s peer reviewed.

    The USA press is strange. I am an Australian and often we Aussies are at the setting for these fascinating stories with a tendency to terminological and factual inexactitude.When a USA news reporter writes about Australian waters with hybrid sharks and climate change, my left ear hears “usual American press bullshit”, then my right ear hears “Read Darwin on Evolution and definition of ‘species’” and my wild frontier says “Global Warming is a Crockett of sh.. .”

    It’s getting so bad that I’m gaining a preference to look at the rear end of sows in labour as better value for new discoveries than “Science” and “Nature”.

    Competition – What name would YOU give to your very own Human Piglet or Hybrid Shark pet?

    Example. We knew a 6 year old girl who played with kites on a farm. She had a pet dog that she named “Porkie”. Sweet little kid, picture of innocence. People would remark how nice “Porkie” was and she would say with sparkle “thank you for your kindness (but never “You’re welcome”). Eventually, one lady visitor asked if he was named that because he was fat and the 6-year-old replied “No, we call him Porky because he r..ts pigs”.

    Time to lift the game, Team USA.

  90. AGW_Skeptic says:

    They changed the story title to:

    The World’s First Hybrid Shark Could Be A Sign Of Climate Change

    It was:

    The World’s First Hybrid Shark is Another Scary Sign that Global Warming is Real

  91. michael hart says:

    Has no one heard of the “Headington Shark”?
    http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/the-worlds-strangest-monuments/9
    If that doesn’t proove global warming then I don’t know what does!
    :)

  92. JimOfCP says:

    Looks like Dina changed the second paragraph now. Also, at the bottom of the page she linked to another article she did on climate change. It just regurgitates the tired old “proofs” that climate change is happening. She is a hack.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-global-warming-scientific-evidence-2011-8

  93. Joe Ryan says:

    How does one earn a BS in Journalism? Did she major in Ink Chem?

  94. eyesonu says:

    Another somewhat related topic to this. Check out the reintroduction of the so called ‘Red Wolf’ in North Carolina and elsewhere on the US east coast.’experimental populations’.. Lots of millions of dollars have been spent and are continuing to be spent on this ‘coyote’ since the 1970′s. The powers that be [grant seekers and ESA (Endangered Species Act )] advocates] got on the bandwagon. Around 1990 or so DNA testing proved that the so-called ‘red wolf was nothing more that a hybred coyote-grey wolf. That has not stopped the continued grants. In fact they have increased. I don’t have time now to present the facts, but this whole issue stinks big time. It, like global warming has a 30 year head start on the truth. A lot of dollars at stake there. It is a program that never should have been started and now will likely take an equal amount of dollars to rectify. I hope to expand on this when the opportunity presents itself but I’ve got to work now.

  95. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    Her editor is the one to be contacted.

    What she did – inventing a story, is a serious breech of journalistic ethics.

    She should be fired.

  96. Frank K. says:

    While people may (rightly) criticize Dina for her article, please do not forget that there is (or should be) an editor in the publication process, and that he or she shares equal blame for this kind of story.

  97. PhilJourdan says:

    I am surprised she did not graduate Magna Cum Laude with a BS. She seems very good at BSing.

  98. mkelly says:

    Shouldn’t one of the questions asked to the researches be “Why aren’t there more hydrids since we came from cold glacier age to an interim warming?” If climate change or warming/cooling can cause hybridization there should be lots.

  99. JimOfCP says:

    Here are email addresses to the CEOs:

    Corporate Contacts:

    CEO / Editor-in-Chief: Henry Blodget – hblodget@businessinsider.com
    COO / Publisher: Julie Hansen – jhansen@businessinsider.com

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/contact#ixzz1iaepUQ2z

  100. 1DandyTroll says:

    William McClenney says:
    January 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm
    “Question…..

    Can I.Q.accurately be measured below zero?”

    Yes, in our post modern day society you can solve any problem, especially in the world of models, on the form a + ib, where i^2 = -1. :p

  101. RICH says:

    I don’t have time to sift through comments. Please let us know, on a new thread, if she replies. Thanks.

  102. RCase says:

    In regard to BI’s feature of allowing one to ask a question of the reporter… When you do so, the site informs you that “This question will be published on the writer’s profile page for BI readers to see.” Wonderful. So I go to Miss Spector’s profile page (http://www.businessinsider.com/author/dina-spector), and the only two answered questions there are from August and involve some Barbie house story.

  103. Steve from Rockwood says:

    Richard says:
    January 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm
    She has a B.S. in magazine journalism. Does B.S. stand for what I think it stands for?
    ———————————————————————————-
    Yes it does. Bachelor of Sharks.

  104. Ron says:

    eyesonu… I’d enjoy engaging with you on the east coast coyote issue. We have posses of them around here and they behave like wolves by hunting in packs and taking down many fully grown deer, bless their howling hearts. We have many deer, but fewer now. These eastern coyotes seem longer-legged and heftier than the western coyotes I’ve seen, those always solo and hunting nothing bigger than a rabbit, cat or small dog. My understanding is that the former east coast red wolf interbred with coyotes some many decades ago to produce the current animal, but I would like to know more.

  105. H.R. says:

    Dina Spector may have a promising career with the National Enquirer if things don’t pan out at the Business Insider, eh?

  106. John says:

    Another hybrid story with a similar outcome – people can now mate with cars.

    Mr. Al Gore
    A well known bore
    Set his gaze upon a Prius
    When he began feeling amorous

    Not knowing what was on tap
    He removed the gas cap
    In flurry of motion
    Al Gore had a notion

    The result was Algorious
    With mileage so glorious
    Though Al Gore is strange
    The Algorius had range

  107. JohnWho says:

    Andrew30 says:
    January 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    Dina Spector is a reporter?

    No.

    She is a “warmoulist”.

    (Journalist who promotes unfounded global warming).

  108. MarkW says:

    TomT says:
    January 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm
    It looks like this maybe the black-tip of the iceberg.

    Lettuce consider the implications of that statement.

  109. R Barker says:

    The first sentence of the story raised some questions and red flags.
    “The world’s first hybrid shark was discovered by scientists in waters off Austraiia’s east coast on Tuesday reports Amy Coopes of the AFP.”

    Really? Which Tuesday?

    Here is another news report dated 22 December 2011 from the University of Queensland that is apparently covering the same subject.

    http://www.uq.edu.au/news/index.html?article=24232

    Some quotes from this account:

    “Wild hybrids are usually hard to find, so detecting hybrids and their offspring is extraordinary,” Dr Ovenden said.

    “To find 57 hybrids along 2000km of coastline is unprecedented.

    “Hybridisation could enable the sharks to adapt to environmental change as the smaller Australian black tip currently favours tropical waters in the north.

    “While the larger common black tip is more abundant in sub-tropical and temperate waters along the south-eastern Australian coastline.”

    The Business Insider’s story, when compared with the UQ account of the research, seems to be almost a total fabrication.

  110. Matt says:

    If there are any remaining doubts as to what Business Insider is all about, check out this piece by their editor Henry Blodget. http://www.businessinsider.com/no-steve-jobs-did-not-create-jobs-by-inventing-the-iphone-2011-12

    No serious, purported ‘Business’ magazine would write an article this misinformed and illogical.

  111. rc says:

    Even after being questioned:
    “I have now stated numerous times that it is extremely unlikely that climate change caused the hybridization event” vs “The World’s First Hybrid Shark Could Be A Sign Of Climate Change”

    Welcome to the mainstream media, the first species soon to be extinct as a result of global warming :)

  112. silverpie says:

    “Wonton factual misconstruction must be condemned in any journal.”

    I’ll have the sweet-and-sour shark with a bowl of factual misconstruction soup… ::) (The word you seek is “wanton.”)

    Oh, and “that’s where the money is” has nothing to do with John Dillinger–it was actually made up by a journalist (funny how these things come full circle, eh?) and originally attributed to Willie Sutton.

  113. I met guy who told me about a shark and a duck, who were in a committed relationship. It might have been a joke but it’s sometimes difficult to know.

  114. O2BNAZ says:

    As the father of a twenty something daughter, I find the tragedy of this whole debacle not with the young women who appears to me as a young person wanting to make a difference, but with the mindless, unquestioning indoctrination our supposed institutions of higher education are forcing on our children. She is not the outcome of her own intellectual thought processes but the product of countless hours of subjective authoritism…a journalist trained not to question but to repeat…that is truly a sad statement of academia and education today.

  115. From editor Henry Blodget’s Wikipedia entry:

    In 2002, then New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, published Merrill Lynch e-mails in which Blodget gave assessments about stocks which conflicted with what was publicly published.[4] In 2003, he was charged with civil securities fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.[5] He agreed to a permanent ban from the securities industry and paid a $2 million fine plus a $2 million disgorgement.[6]

    His company, Merrill Lynch, was publicly encouraging people to buy stocks that Blodget knew were questionable. See his colorful e-mail remarks in the final column in the chart on this page.

  116. RCase says:

    Ms. Spector’s response to Dennis Kuzara’s direct question to her is now posted on her profile page at BI. Here’s her response:

    Hey Dennis,
    Thanks for your concern. The article has been edited to more clearly reflect that other researchers who were a part of the study are exploring climate change as one possible trigger for the hybridization, though scientists are still looking into what’s driving the interbreeding.

  117. Juraj V. says:

    They have jumped a grenade, not shark.

  118. pat says:

    who would buy a business magazine that made up information?

  119. RH says:

    It would appear that journalism and climate science provide the most productive jobs for people with an extreme environmental agenda.

  120. Bill Sticker says:

    Both parent groups of the ‘Hybrid’ are species belonging to the ‘Requiem’ group of sharks. These are a closely related grouping of shark species. Common Blacktip Carcharhinus limbatus is specifically closely related to Carcharhinus tilstoni, the Australian Blacktip.

    They’ve interbred like Grizzlies can breed with Polar Bears, or any of the several subspecies of North American Black bear can interbreed. Quelle suprise

    The sharks in question weren’t that genetically different in the first place, so interbreeding should come as no surprise. To attribute such a trivial occurrence to the increasingly mythical man made climate change is truly ‘reaching’.

    By the way, what is a BS? I’ve heard of B.Sc’s and BA’s but never the ‘BS’ classification.

  121. Bob Shapiro says:

    Is this the same Henry Blodget who was banned from Wall Street in 2008 for fraud?!!!

    http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/05/blodget-returns-to-wall-street/

  122. Tom Gray says:

    Will a moderator please remove Dr. Morgan’s Email address from the posting. She may object SPAM as much as the rest of us

    [Done. ~dbs]

  123. Andrew30 says:

    Bob Shapiro says: January 5, 2012 at 8:30 am
    Is this the same Henry Blodget who was banned from Wall Street in 2008 for fraud?!!!

    Henry Blodget is co-founder, CEO and Editor-In Chief of Business Insider.
    A former top-ranked Wall Street analyst, Henry is also the host of Yahoo Daily Ticker, a Yahoo Finance video show viewed by several million people a month

    Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/author/henry-blodget#ixzz1ibV5NpqA

    Henry Blodget (born 1966) is an American former equity research analyst, currently banned from the securities industry, who was senior Internet analyst for CIBC Oppenheimer during the dot-com bubble and the head of the global Internet research team at Merrill Lynch. Blodget is now the editor and CEO of The Business Insider, a business news and analysis site, and a host of Yahoo Daily Ticker, a finance show on Yahoo.

    In 2002, then New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, published Merrill Lynch e-mails in which Blodget gave assessments about stocks which conflicted with what was publicly published In 2003, he was charged with civil securities fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He agreed to a permanent ban from the securities industry and paid a $2 million fine plus a $2 million disgorgement.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Blodget

    Leopard and spots

  124. Owen in Georgia says:

    Geoff Sherrington says:
    January 5, 2012 at 4:23 am

    At 5.10 pm on Wednesday 7 Feb 1992, I seated myself in the lounge of the Eola Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi, to avoid the rain. A newspaper by my side, “The Sun” …

    Ahh, I see you were enjoying one of America’s practical jokes on the unsuspecting. “The Sun” is one of our many fictional tabloids who generally create a whole fantasy universe on which to report and who very rarely stumbles upon a real story which no one will believe because of its source. Subsequent to your reading, they were forced by a court ruling to add ‘a small-print disclaimer printed beneath the masthead has warned readers to “suspend belief for the sake of enjoyment.”‘ (Wikipedia)

    I think every country I have visited has had some similar local inside joke that unwary tourists fall into, at least this one was mildly entertaining.

  125. kim says:

    Whoa, a hundred million dollar settlement, partly from the actions of this editor. Lends new meaning to the term ‘Business Insider’.
    =================

  126. Reed Coray says:

    John says: January 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

    John, thank you for the poem. You’ve made a good start to my day.

  127. AnonyMoose says:

    It’s even worse in New Zealand, where sharks have escaped their proper environment and become air traffic hazards.
    http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/airline-pilot-startled-by-flying-shark-20120104-1pk9o.html

  128. Zeke says:

    But which woman gets the Biggest Extrapolation Prize – the journalist, or the scientist?

    The scientist is using highly suggestive language wrt the “environmental change” and the hybridization event having to do with more and less tropical waters – which is not correct if the sharks have much wider ranges.

  129. ted walker says:

    Actually it was not Dillinger who stated “that’s where the money is” it was Willie Sutton–Look it up on Wikipedia

  130. Russell C says:

    Fascinating. A Google cache result shows a Business Insider page with an excerpt that links to Grist Magazine and an article written by one of the most infamous anti-skeptic writers, Ross Gelbspan, who was writing about his hero, Joe Romm: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:wwzkz1pxLykJ:www.businessinsider.com/a-near-thumbs-up-for-joe-romm8217s-8216straight-up8217-2010

  131. Don says:

    Hey, it was dark, and they were very, very drunk. ANY shark could have made the same mistake.

    If you can’t be with the shark you love, love the shark you’re with. It’s better than being a lone shark.

  132. woodNfish says:

    Perhaps we should rewrite her bio to this:

    “Dina Spector graduated summa cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a B.S. in imaginary journalism and a minor in geography.”

  133. Merovign says:

    People are afraid of certain words, because they fear making an accusation will make them look “mean” or something.

    Like, for example, Specter was LYING about what Morgan said. Also, changing the article without explaining it, to cover up the malfeasance, this is also a lie, which is sadly common in journalism. Also, you can get a feel for the integrity of the “Business Insider” by looking at the record of Henry Blodget, a securities fraudster who has been permanently banned from securities trading.

    Many con-men and frauds depend on the politeness and forgiveness of others to not only survive, but to continue to ply their trade in lies.

    This was not a “mistake,” and “accident,” or a “boo-boo.”

    It does not help us, them, or anyone to keep giving the benefit of the doubt to people who take cynical advantage of it.

  134. johanna says:

    If I were Dina’s mum I would not be happy about her working for Mr Blodget. No nice girl’s mother would be.

    Given his history of securities fraud, calling his grubby little publication ‘Business Insider’ seems apt. Transparency is clearly not his strong suit.

  135. Westie says:

    Merovign, you hit the nail about Blodget…not an ounce of integrity in that crook…he’ll publish any lie.

  136. Rosco says:

    So this shark runs on batteries as well as gasoline ?

  137. JimBrock says:

    Not Dillinger. Willie Sutton was the famous bank robber.
    Jim B

  138. Owen in Georgia says: January 5, 2012 at 9:18 am re practical joke newspapers.

    Yes, understood, but an insidious effect of these spoof newspapers is to drag down the levels of the serious ones. Ever ruminated on why the blog has become popular at the expense of the newspaper? I feel that’s one of the reasons. I could assert that it’s the same virus that has infected the writing of the various IPCC Summary for Policymakers and made it a pile of drivel, but having done so, I won’t.

  139. wallyj says:

    I think she should move into narcissitic photo-journalism. She is cuter and hotter than a basket of burning kittens.

  140. I did not think Jess Morgan’s email address was an issue since , at the bottom of the 22 December 2011 press release, she was designated the media contact (Media: Dr Jess Morgan on 0419 676 977.) and clicking on her name brings up an email addressed to her.
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    In case anyone noticed, when I copied the email I failed to notice that the sent date was in Australian time, so it looked like I sent it the day before I received the reply.
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    Also notice that the date and time were identical on both the original and revised article by Dina, but the number of comments had changed, which means she revised the article shortly before Jan 5, 7:43 AM, after getting a lot of WUWT reader comments.
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    It seems that the occupants in the NH think of south as warmer, which is the exact opposite of what happens in Oz, which is where the warming connection fits in even though the fish are getting cold adapted, not warm adapted.
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    I asked Dina a question:
    Q: Why did you quote Jess Morgan for something she did not say?

    Dina, Can you explain the discrepancy between what you claim Jess said and what she told me.

    I would also like to note that unlike the USA, where further south usually means warmer, in Australia “further south” means closer to Antarctica, where the water gets colder. As noted in Jess’s reply the sharks are becoming more cold adapted, which is the opposite of what you implied.

    And She replied:
    Dina Spector on Jan 5, 9:54 AM said:
    Hey Dennis,
    Thanks for your concern. The article has been edited to more clearly reflect that other researchers who were a part of the study are exploring climate change as one possible trigger for the hybridization, though scientists are still looking into what’s driving the interbreeding.

    Result: A non answer.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/questions/why-did-you-quote-jess-morgan-for-something-she-did-not-say?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=question_answer
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  141. Pat Moffitt says:

    Dennis Kuzara says:
    I agree with you on media selling a narrative but it certainly seems the scientists are also trying to selling climate change. (However there was never a fishery reason to even bring climate change up– and read some of Ovendon’s quotes)

    I have seen no press release from the scientists or the university trying to “correct” the widespread press “disinformation” that was not limited to Dina Spector. To me, this was not simply the press getting the story wrong. It appears they were led.

  142. eyesonu says:

    Ron says:
    January 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

    The so called Eastern Red Wolf is a hybred cross between a grey wolf and a coyote. There is no distinct / unique DNA sequencing that is not common to a coyote or grey wolf. The ‘red wolf’ was listed as endangered under Endangered Species Act (ESA) sometime in the 1970′s and approximately 400 were captured in the region along the Texas and Louisana coast and moved to North Carolina for captive breeding.. At that point the were declared extinct in the wild. (I guess so if they caught them all. Was the ESA protection of alligators causing issues with these swamp hybreds?). From what I recall there were about 20 – 30 pairs used for breeding. I have no info as to what was done with the other ~350 or so. Populations were initially established in eastern and western NC. There are now populations in FL, NC, SC, and one other state I believe. After the introduction into the Cades Cove area (Smokey Mountains) of NC, ‘coyotes’ began showing up in western VA in packs and spread eastward. As far as I know sheep ranching in VA is all but over. Deer, turkey, grouse, rabbit, groundhogs, etc have taken a big hit. One VA biologist that I spoke to estimated that the ‘coyote’ population at about 2 per sq mile.

    The captive breeding program is alive and well today funded by your tax dollars for a natural hybred. The land purchases and direct ‘red wolf’ costs are beyond anything that you could imagine. Lots of captive bred pups are produced annually but I haven’t been able to find what happens with them. ‘Experimental populations’ maybe? Would this mean dumping a pack out in WV, VA, MD, and elsewhere. I believe most states have regulations against releasing coyotes. Would a coyote hybred be exempt from the law?

    There is much to be revealed with this but the main point that I wanted to make was that hybredization is a normal occurance. One University research project performed DNA testing in Maine on trapped coyotes (~65 or so) and found that about 1/3 had more that 50% wolf genes. There is a lot of info available from various sources on this. It is hard to believe that the abuse of the ESA with regards to the so-called Red Wolf has last so long. Well … actually it is not so hard to believe.

  143. Streetcred says:

    Perry says:
    January 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    [...] In the case of Spector, only regression, Here is an example of the serious reporting at Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/business-insider-face-swaps-2011-12?op=1
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    My word, they’re all children … no wonder getting the article properly corrected is a problem.

    Bit like this http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2012/01/05/what-financial-meltdowns-teach-us-about-the-ipcc/#comments

  144. How does evolution proceed without hybrids?

  145. Walter says:

    Editor is Henry Blodget!!!

    THE HENRY BLODGET! The guy who is banned from the securities industry after pumping up stocks in the dot-com bubble!

    Oh dear, what a tangled web we weave!

  146. RobRoy says:

    I would say that Dina Spector is a “Useful Idiot”. The Gore/Hansen/Mann cabal need these tools. She has sold her credibility to stop global warming. Another dolt brain-washed to be ashamed of her humanity. I wonder if she has also agreed to sterilize herself to save the planet…. One can only hope.

  147. Russell C says:

    So I ask BI editor Henry Blodget a question on the treatment of skeptic scientists, and he completely sidesteps it: “Please send us links and data to the most persuasive “there is no climate change” arguments out there, and we’ll look at it.” http://www.businessinsider.com/questions/bi-needs-to-ask-itself-some-especially-rough-questions

  148. Resourceguy says:

    This ranks up there with the defrocking of Bill Nye the science guy for his hand in fake science video products in conjunction with Al Gore movie studios.

  149. I just posted this on their comments:

    Actually, regardless of the global warming debate, why was this article claims of global warming changed without notice?

    It would seem after WUWT noted your article, you folks went back and REMOVED the reference to global warming?

    BIG BIG problem!

    You not issued a correction!

    In other words after being made fools of you correct the text without ANY notice to the readers? FOLKS! give your heads a shake! Correcting the article and REMOVING the global warming reference WITHOUT issuing a correction is WORSE than the original article!

    So you are COVERING up your mistake without any accountability?

    In other words you will at ANY TIME to issue changes to ANY article without notice of change? Then WHY TRUST ANYTHING written on the site? If what I just read on the site means I cannot quote you folks since it might change 5 minutes later without notification!

    Anything written can be changed without ANY accountability at any time then?

    This is like having a conversation with someone but giving them the RIGHT to go back on their word and CHANGE what they said at will at any time!

    This correction in the article FAR worse than the original posted about global warming!

    We have written word and things like tape recorders so people cannot go back on their word without some accountability.

    Apparently retroactive going back on one’s word and changing text without notice is consider ok behavior by Business Insider?

    This is insane! I don’t care if some mistake was made in miss quoting.

    Simple put retroactive changing of written text without notice is not acceptable! It means you I can NEVER trust anything read here since you can then go back and change the meaning of what you stated?

    So anything written here is subject to change without notice or accountability? So do not trust anything written on the site since we can change our face values and what we wrote at any time?

    Nuts, just beyond nuts!

    Unless a note about the change + correction is included, you people are simply scum.

    Grammar and some text edits is fine for any article without notice. However a full scale removing a claim of global warming from that article is a HUGE change in context and is being done without ANY explain is simply not acceptable.

    This is currently a BIG scandal until a correction note is issued for that article.

    The two screen shots and your retro active edit can be found here:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/04/media-101-how-to-jump-a-shark/

    You been caught red handed editing and changing a article without notice.

    This has now an issue of why readers should trust Business Insider and has little to do with global warming issues. You can no more make a public claim that Google just purchased GM and then go back and retro edit that article to remove that mistake without some text explain that original text.

    Albert D. Kallal
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada

  150. Kiwi fruit says:

    What’s Oz for foreplay?

    Baa…

    AGW has a lot to answer for.

  151. terry says:

    All the scam artists appear to have some degree ,going on how dumb they appear to be spinning busted climate gate rubbish perhaps it should be looked into how they revieved a degree in the 1st place .

  152. littlepeaks says:

    Today’s headline in “Earthweek” in today’s newspaper, is “Hybrid Sharks may be Results of Climate Change”. This phrase in the article is attributed to “Australian researchers. I did some googling on the web and find that the climate change comment is being attributed to “Colin Simpfendorfer”, a member of Jessica’s team.

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