“Michael Mann forced into a “do-over” in Mann -vs- CEI & Steyn” (2013-12-23). This is why prejudiced idiots like Anthony Watts should avoid legal interpretation as well as stay out of science. Did Dr. Mann’s libel case against Mark Steyn, Rand Simberg CEI, and the National Review suffer a serious blow, or has irrelevant legal posturing by the defence been swept aside? Anthony doesn’t seem to actually know.
Sez “citizen scientist”/playground lawyer Anthony about Dr. Michael Mann’s libel lawsuit against denialist hacks (he seems to have forgotten about a couple of the defendants);
What a great Christmas present for Mike. It is back to square one for him with his lawsuit over what he views as libel by Mark Steyn and CEI.
What really happened was that defendant Steyn and his lobbyist pals were told that their appeal was about something that was no longer part of the libel suit. What was that something, you ask? Dr. Mann’s lawsuit initially described him as an Nobel Laureate when in fact he merely received a certificate of thanks from the IPCC for his lead role in their climate change report. It was the IPCC as an organization that actually received the Nobel Prize and they in turn thanked Dr. Mann, therefore everything Dr. Mann has ever said is a lie and so is Global Warming! Or some such Hail-Mary argument.
Lacking from the defence appeal was anything relevant to Steyn’s assertion that Dr. Mann’s research was “fraudulent”.
Here’s another more thoughtful comment on the antics of the defendants from the ;
If I was a judge, and someone filed an appeal with me that lacked jurisdiction due to mootness, and counsel admitted they knew it was moot when they filed it, I would sanction counsel for abuse of process.
You can read Steyn’s own ironically titled legal analysis on the National Review website: Mumbo-Jumbo for Beginners. Or try Rabett Run for a bit more perspective: The Appeals Fairy Declines Jurisdiction
My take on this is Anthony Watts and the defendants are simply expressing a variation of Goreaphobia. Their actions are governed by personality and resentment and all they can do here is squawk about scientific awards.
Funny how Anthony’s silent about denialists trying to use the meaningless “IPCC Reviewer” tag for their own vanity. Or Lord Monckton actually making a fake “Nobel Prize pin.”
Whenever Watts posts misinformation, many scientists link to his site to gawk at his increasingly stained legacy. That boosts his traffic, making him more attractive to advertisers.
Please don’t link to WUWT. Please archive the site instead, and link to that. If someone really wants to give Watts extra traffic to help pay his bills and help Watts fake credibility, they can always click one more time from the archive.is link.
Archiving is quick and easy. When I asked Sou at Hot Whopper to do this, she immediately saw that directly linking to WUWT just helps Anthony Watts spread his civilization-paralyzing misinformation, so she now links ONLY to archived copies of crackpot sites.
I like your site, Ben, but it would be even better if you could please stop linking to WUWT and link only to archived copies. Please help me fight the crackpot-advertiser complex that has turned the internet into a tarpit of misinformation. Please don’t link to WUWT.
Steyn’s lawyers have packed their bags and gone home. They presented a motion to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division to withdraw as counsel.
Well, there goes a perfectly good mouthful of Earl Grey. Worth it, though. WUWT can still spin this as another victory: Steyn’s case is so strong he doesn’t even need lawyers to win!
[Exactly! – Ben]