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Crackpot Climate Scientist’s Defamation Suit Against Combative Mark Steyn, National Review a Go, Says Judge

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Good summary, except the Washington Times buried the lead. Here it is:

“Mr. Steyn is representing himself after firing the magazine’s legal team over a dispute related to how the judge was handling the case.”

Often not the most advisable way to go, in court. But, who knows. Maybe he’s a better advocate than his former legal team. Steyn’s been around the block with frivolous lawsuits and harassment. We wish Mr. Steyn luck. I hope National Review turns around and sues the snot out of Michael Mann. See the Washington Times for the full article, but here’s a sample:

A climate change scientist’s defamation suit against National Review writer and frequent Rush Limbaugh fill-in Mark Steyn will proceed, a judge decided earlier this week, ruling against the magazine’s attempt to dismiss the case.

The case stems from Mr. Steyn’s written reference to Michael Mann’s climate change data as fraudulent, according to news website Raw Story.

Of especial ire to Mr. Mann was that Mr. Steyn quoted Competitive Enterprise Institution analyst Rand Simberg, who compared Mr. Mann to convicted Penn State child molester Jerry Sandusky.

Mr. Simberg called Mr. Mann 

“the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting children, he has molested and tortured data.”

Mr. Mann then launched the lawsuit against National Review and Mr. Steyn, claiming defamation. Mr. Simberg and the Competitive Enterprise Institution are also named in the suit.

At the time of the suit, several months ago, National Review editor Rich Lowry didn’t appear too worried.

“My advice to poor Michael is to go away and bother someone else” 

Washington Times

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2 Comments on “Crackpot Climate Scientist’s Defamation Suit Against Combative Mark Steyn, National Review a Go, Says Judge”

  1. Hoping the case goes to trial and Mann bankrupts them all!

    • The Butcher says:

      I predict an ambiguous ending, after long, multiyear, multiple-venue confrontations and legal proceedings, that will, in the end, satisfy nether side. But will cost both sides lots of money, in pointless legal fees, and wasted time. Mann’s case is vanity, his data-manipulation and credibility problems are on the record. NRO will survive and prosper.


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