Delingpole's new landing pad, the inside scoop

Last week a number of people were in shock about the news that James Delingpole had his last column at the Telegraph. It was all rather abrupt. As to why, I have the inside scoop.

I asked James directly, and in a nutshell it was three things.

1. They paid him poorly, ’nuff said.

2. They never seemed to appreciate the kind of traffic and exposure he’d brought. Remember, Delingpole was the first MSM columnist to break Climategate, and I’m pleased to say he got the scoop from WUWT. But, they didn’t really recognize the asset, even though he won an award for his Climategate coverage. When Delingpole’s column won the Bloggie award for “Best Weblog About Politics“, they didn’t even mention it in the print edition or in the online main page. Usually when a columnist or writer wins such an award, the paper crows about it.

3. Often, they didn’t like the content. As we know, James skewers the left and in particular greens. He reports he was getting increasing pressure over his environmental essays.

Usually when people are the most angry at someone for something they’ve said or written, it’s because what they’ve said or written has some truth in it. While Delingpole pulled no punches when it came to describing (with great flourish) the defective nature of some aspects of the environmental movement, some ‘proper’ folks found it hard to stomach.

Of course, then we have this, which I find even harder to stomach:

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Andrew Montford cited this as an example of Delingpole’s prescience.

So, now, the Telegraph’s loss is Breitbart’s gain, and just three days later, James has come out swinging:

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http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/02/16/Lefty-Lies-UK-Floods

All in all, quite an exit mirrored by a grand entrance.

Finally, all this leads me to something I’ve been remiss at doing simply because the day to day business of running WUWT often gets in the way, and that’s to recommend James most recent book. He kindly sent me a copy, and while the title admittedly made me cringe, once I started reading it, I found it lighthearted and hilarious. It reads a bit like a dictionary, except every definition has a punch line. Highly recommended, click the cover to have a look.

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Also, be sure to add Breitbart London to your bookmarks. Delingpole’s latest is: Whose Life Is More Important? Yours, Or A Shark’s?

Oh, and what essay on Delingpole by yours truly would be complete without this photo courtesy of our friends at “Skeptical Science”?

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Jenn Oates

Telegraph’s loss is Breitbart’s gain.

Nice props Tony. JD has well and truly landed at Breitbart with his merry Knights of Delingpole following along and the Telegraph is far poorer for it!

William McClenney

You go Delingpole! I too have been the victim of corporate myopia in this regard.,,,,,

Anthony,
You need to check out Greenfry.com
They are nice enough to supply hit lists of climate skeptics and deniers. I think I found a spot where you are honorably identified. I unsubscribe a week ago. They hate my guts too. When the blog lost their oversee.for a while, I got quite a bit of open forum on Sunspots. Since then all that was deleted. Now, it is SOP man-made global warming absurd to the 10th power.
Paul
REPLY: Doesn’t appear to be anything but a domain parking at that Greenfry.com URL? – Anthony

Like the Telegraph also like James Delingpole, the day Christopher Booker goes is the day I cancel my subscription!

Gail Combs

I love Delingpole’s rapier wit and delight in sending some of the choicer bits to my two journalist Brothers-in-law.
The world needs a lot more journalists of his caliber.

Wow, Anthony, you guys are really ripped!

Truthseeker

MSM in all countries pay their journalists poorly. That is why they are leaving to the new media, sometimes for other organisations (like James) or for themselves like Mike Smith and Donna Laframboise. It is also why the MSM produce such crap coverage of anything remotely like science. Only activists zealots would work for that type of money. If you pay peanuts and you get monkeys (apologies to all monkeys for the possible inference that the left wing journalists are monkeys).

The Telegraph is Dead to Me.
Not a Pause…an End.
(And they still print the sadly senile Geoffrey Lean.)

NZPete54

I have always enjoyed reading JD. It’s rather sad that myopia at the Telegraph has led to this, as I thought that paper was one of the few balanced publications left in Britain.
Welcome to Breitbart, and prosper! Here in NZ, I’ll keep following your posts.

Rhys Jaggar

The ‘Right Wing Club for the Good Ol’ Boys’ continues its online love in……..
Delingpole was late to the Climate Change Party and thinks that it started with ‘Climategate’.
Well: it didn’t. It started a decade earlier.
This isn’t about heroism, it’s about political credit.
Delingpole is a typical American joining a 20th century world war. Late to the party but demanding all the credit.

asybot

Many years ago, as my parents told us post WWII, The British media (as were their soldiers and air men) were the back bone of post WWII Europe. I am not sure what they call bone degeneration these days in Britain , but I am glad to see there are a few chips of the old block left! Welcome JD! (and I mean no matter were you publish btw)

AlecM

97% of MSM journalists conform because that’s the way hey think they’ll rise to the top.
3% tell the truth.
I wonder where I read those statistics before?

James Delingpole is a valuable climate truth warrior. I remember back in the Climategate days, I was always spreading his articles far and wide everywhere on internet blogs including WUWT. I’ve heard him a number of times interviewed on Alex Jones Infowars radio. JD is very well known and appreciated in many media circles. Breitbart got a great catch. Moves like this make MSM more irrelevant by the minute. Alternative internet media news is kicking lamestream media’s butt. MSNBC and CNN barely get 500k viewers an evening, 15 years ago that number was closer to 15 million viewers an evening. Mainstream media will die a miserable death because virtually no one goes to their channels anymore. MSM doesn’t give people the type of news they want to hear. You’d think they would wise up, if for nothing else, a better paycheck.

Ken Hall

I used to happily pay for a subscription to the Telegraph. Now I am glad that simply going into my firefox options and deleting the Telegraph cookies means I can read it for what it is worth. Free.

Richard111

We stopped buying the Daily Telegraph over three years ago. Been buying the Daily Mail but beginning to have doubts about them. Wondering about the Spectator.

Fortunately I’d finished breakfast before seeing that Skeptical Science mashup again. But you’ve got under their skins. Respect and thanks, Anthony and James

Thorne

Would it be possible to change the sidebar link to his Breitbart blog?

Bert Walker

Perhaps Rhys Jaggar should do more research on J. Delingpole before posting.
(If only not to appear ignorant.)

pat

good luck james. my politics is not always in alignment with yours, but who’s complaining about that. you always make me laugh. we all need to stick together to beat the CAGW dragon. besides, aren’t we always being told diversity is good! lol.
besides, the Tele is no longer the conservative paper it once was. now, if you wrote a humourless article, such as the one below, for Huffington Post, with no sense of the ridiculous, and with a headline & text that actually accepts CAGW, you could be writing for the Murdoch Press!
19 Feb: News Ltd. Australia: Some futurists aren’t worried about global warming or overpopulation
IT’S almost impossible to view the news anymore without seeing something negative related to global warming, overpopulation or environmental degradation of the planet. The facts speak for themselves. Pollution is rampant in many cities. Entire forests are being cut down. And the human species is adding over 200,000 new people a day to the world. Environmental scientists have warned for years that the human race is dramatically affecting the planet and its ecosystems. Humans are changing the climate of Earth, consuming all its finite resources, and causing the disappearance of over 10,000 species a year.
Despite this, a growing number of futurists, many who are transhumanists — people who aim to move beyond the human being using science and technology — aren’t worried. While New York City, Boston and Miami may be partially underwater by 2100, many futurists don’t plan to be around in the flesh by then. And if they are, they’ll have the technology to walk on water…
Within a few years, humans will begin attempting to download their first thoughts into computers. Soon after, a software interface will bring to life our authentic virtual personalities. Eventually, especially with the help of artificial intelligence, we will complete a full upload of our brains, and our minds and its thoughts will freely move in and out of machines. We will be digital avatars of our biological selves…
Will this new phase of human existence require as many resources from the planet as we are currently using? Will we continue to eat food? Breathe air? Depend on water? Procreate? The answer is probably not…
There are probably zero futurists who feel good about damaging our beautiful planet. However, many of them realise that the benefit of the species’ rapid evolutionary ascent outweighs the harm progress is causing to Earth. Our planet is strong; it can handle climate change and an expanding human population while our species prepares for the transhumanist age. The evolutionary outcome of humanity will be better for turning a blind eye on Mother Earth. Exponential technological growth, increased prosperity from globalisation, and maintaining world peace are the critical issues of the future, not global warming, overpopulation or environmental degradation.
This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/some-futurists-arent-worried-about-global-warming-or-overpopulation/story-fnjwvztl-1226831221065

Jack Savage

I wish James Delingpole every success. He may have come a little late to his position on man-made global warming…but then so did I after many years of believing what the BBC and my newspapers were telling me. He may be the Court Jester of Skepticism but as a consequence has attracted much more attention than other more staid figures. Absolutely overall a force for good. And pretty fearless, which is rare.
It is a bit unfortunate for us single issue campaigners on “climate change” that he is such a red-blooded libertarian, but you cannot have everything!

Where Delingpole goes, there I will follow him. No more Telegraph for me.

Lew Skannen

I don’t know why the Tele do this. I used to buy it every Tuesday when I lived in London because Mark Steyn had a column. Then they got rid of him.
Now Delingpole. As mentioned above if Booker goes that is the end.
I have to say though, that I do very much enjoy Geoffrey Leans column…. just not for the reasons he would like.

pat

btw the writer of the News Ltd/Huffpo piece is:
Wikipedia: Zoltan Istvan
He is best known for his controversial novel, The Transhumanist Wager, a #1 bestseller in both Philosophy and Science Fiction Visionary and Metaphysical on Amazon…
He’s explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Caller, Sail, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel…
Istvan blogs for Psychology Today (The Transhumanist Philosopher) and The Huffington Post…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoltan_Istvan
James, you see how the media would flock to you if you wrote like Zoltan!

Streetcred

Dellers’ book title is a very English trait … you need to understand a bit of English humor first in order to appreciate the title.

George Lawson

Rhys Jaggar says:
February 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm
“The ‘Right Wing Club for the Good Ol’ Boys’ continues its online love in……..
Delingpole was late to the Climate Change Party and thinks that it started with ‘Climategate’.
Well: it didn’t. It started a decade earlier.”
I don’t mind how late anyone comes to the party as long as they come. The fact is that millions of people are coming late to the party after recognising the AGW fraud. Let them keep coming. I’m sure even you Mr Jagger will want to come to the party one day when the utter stupidity of the AGW cause, which you obviously support at the moment, sinks in.

Streetcred

February 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Rhys Jaggar says:

Delingpole is a typical American joining a 20th century world war. Late to the party but demanding all the credit.

Oh, my ! your petticoat is showing … Dellers is not an American !

meltemian

Wow!! What a picture….I’ll be fantasising all morning!
Wait a minute….I KNOW James hasn’t got pecs like that, I’ve seen him in his shorts! Come to think of it I believe An..ony has lost a bit of ‘presence’ somewhere too? Can’t be sure about about ‘his lordship’ but all three of you look pretty good, I may put the pic on my fridge door to keep ‘himself’ on the diet.

Lew Skannen

Off topic but I wonder whether twits like Rhys Jaggar ever try to tell the Chinese about people arriving ‘late’ to WW2.

Mr Green Genes

“Finally, all this leads me to something I’ve been remiss at doing simply because the day to day business of running WUWT often gets in the way, and that’s to recommend Jame’s most recent book.”
Anthony, someone may wish to do a bit of editing here.

mike fowle

I read the Telegraph for years (following my father’s example), and it used to have a delightful dry sense of humour but it has been going downhill for years (possibly when the Barclay Brothers got it). Any paper with Mary Riddell writing in it can’t be taken seriously. I stopped reading it years ago and James’ departure just reinforces my views.

snow

sorry about being off topic but I need your help quickly, Ive sterd up a hornets nest on youtube with some greenie hippy. please answer this question quickly if you can,and promise I want bother you with off topic stuff again. Do our tax dollars help pay for these agw scientist research grants.

DirkH

Rhys Jaggar says:
February 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm
“Delingpole is a typical American joining a 20th century world war. Late to the party but demanding all the credit.”
You should be very careful with the word “demanding”.
Delingpole demands nothing of anyone; rather the international Green movement with their leader science czar John Holdren of EcoScience fame in the White House demands population reduction, tax increases, de-industrialisation and the expropriation of private property via Agenda 21; furthermore the worldwide ban of nuclear technology and GM technology (as demanded by Greenpeace).

Ian H

Unfortunately Breitbart isn’t a real news agency, just a right wing propaganda website. Maybe he can write stories about the Friends of Hamas.

William Astley

Congratulations on finding a better venue for knowledgeable and open journalism. It is astonishing how much money has been wasted on green scams. The UK floods are a very clear example of the consequences of idiotic, impractical, green environmental policy.
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/02/16/Lefty-Lies-UK-Floods
Comment:
It is interesting to compare James Delingpole’s thoughtful insightful article on the UK floods to the Economist’s vague, confusing, punch pulling, David Cameroon protecting, article on the same subject.

Susie

You’ll need to update your list of blogs on the right of this page with his new URL

RichardLH

Richard111 says:
February 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm
“We stopped buying the Daily Telegraph over three years ago. Been buying the Daily Mail but beginning to have doubts about them. Wondering about the Spectator.”
Read them all (and many more) on-line and stop having to worry about purchasing any one of them. Makes for a nice broad view of the world to boot.

Jimbo

I have about 4 bookmarks for for global warming. One of them was James Deligpole’s Telegraph Blog. I have updated my bookmark.

Alan the Brit

Rhys Jagger:
Well, yes, our friends in the Virginian Colonies were a little late at arriving in WW2 in some respects, however they were giving Britain a lot of support in many other ways. When they did eventually arrive, as the result of a most unruly prod from behind, they were also a little slow at first, but a giant takes time to get moving, slowly at first, then a little quicker, with every step, until they were eventually in full spate. The 300,000+ graves in France alone might just enlighten you as to the tremendous cost in Human sacrifice they gave to liberating Europe from tyranny, just so you could say what you want to say, & in English instead of German (No offence to Germans anywhere, I speak a little myself)!!! Oh & that was for the SECOND time in the 20th Century!!!!

AlexS

“Unfortunately Breitbart isn’t a real news agency”
I suppose for you real news agency means forcing people at point of the gun buying BBC leftist propaganda…

daddylonglegs

The flooding fiasco this winter is making many British people wake up to the reality of the ugly misanthropy of the eco-fascist Khmer Vert movement. It is indeed well over time that free societies “get rid of all the green crap”. Karl Popper’s contribution to WW2 was to write the book “The Open Society and its Enemies”. Its message remains vital today, the eco-fascists are the biggest threat to democracies.
Some quotes from Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies:
If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories. In this way it is only too easy to obtain what appears to be overwhelming evidence in favor of a theory which, if approached critically, would have been refuted.
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.
There is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory.
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification — the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit.

Other quotes:
“The collectivists . . have the zest for progress, the sympathy for the poor, the burning sense of
wrong, the impulse for great deeds, which have been lacking in latter-day liberalism. But their
science is founded on a profound misunderstanding, and their actions, therefore, are deeply
destructive and reactionary. So men’s hearts are torn, their minds divided, they are offered
impossible choices.

Walter Lippmann.
“To the debacle of liberal science can be traced the moral schism of the modern world which so tragically divides enlightened men”
Walter Lippmann.
“The chief danger to our philosophy, apart from laziness and woolliness, is scholasticism, … which is treating what is vague as if it was precise. . .”
F. P. Ramsey.”

snow says:
“Do our tax dollars help pay for these agw scientist research grants.”
Yes. More than $100 billion since 2001. You will have to look it up, though, as I am going by memory.

snow

Thank you dbstealey.

So happy he jumped over to Breitbart. It’s a way better place for him in the long run and he will reach more people anyway. I hope his readership follows him as he enjoys the benefits of a much wider audience from Breitbart.

tokyoboy

I’ve just ordered The Little Green Book from Amazon.

Bart

Rhys Jaggar says:
February 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm
“Delingpole is a typical American joining a 20th century world war.”
Mmmmm… Unh-uh.
Alan the Brit says:
February 19, 2014 at 2:12 am
Well, yes, we do feel we played a key role. But, many of us are well aware that Britain was sine qua non. Had the Brits not held virtually alone in the darkest days, there would have been no safe routes for American troops and material to arrive.
I’ve had arguments with friends who insist that, by virtue of suffering the most, the Soviet Union really won the war. I say, you don’t give credit to the guys who helped start the fire. In my book, the Brits were the real heroes.

Jack C

I am hoping James will skewer the Greens over this piece of Stalinism:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26187711
Quote:
‘Greens call for clear-out of ‘climate change deniers’ reads the headlines, it’s actaully quite concerning.

klem

I followed him at the Telegraph, I will now follow him at Breitbarts.
I missed him, I was experiencing ‘Dellingpole withdrawal’ for a few days there.

charles nelson

The Soviet Union won WW2 by kicking it’s way into Berlin after the greatest land battle in history…

M Courtney

Interestingly the Telegraph Comment section still lists James Delingpole as one of their columnists in the banner.