Michael Mann Tries to Bully the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Michael Mann is touchy about criticism of his controversial work on “climate change,” especially commentary on his famous “hockey stick” warming curve. He has his lawyer sending nastygrams out threatening legal action if his critics don’t recant their heresy. A few days ago, the National Review responded with a “Get Lost” post and a strongly worded letter from their lawyer noting that the data Prof. Mann has been covering up lo these many years would be subject to discovery if he sued.

It seems that the Competetive Enterprise Institute has also received a letter from Prof. Mann’s lawyer, and the CEI’s response is essentially the same as NR’s.

And regardless of how one views Mann’s work, his threatened lawsuit is directly contrary to First Amendment law regarding public debate over controversial issues. Michael Mann may believe we face a global warming threat, but his actions represent an unfounded attempt to freeze discussion of his views.

In short, we’re not retracting the piece, and we’re not apologizing for it.

Bravi. And as Prof. Reynolds notes, discovery should be interesting. If Prof. Mann is foolish enough to sue.

Rich Lowry Sticks It to the Mann

Mark Steyn did one of his beautifully pointed posts over at The Corner concerning “the ringmaster of the tree-ring circus” of Climategate, Michael Mann of Penn State. Prof. Mann was offended and had his lawyers send a nastygram to National Review threatening legal action. Rich Lowry’s response was Get Lost, and he reminded Prof. Mann that any lawsuit would open all the work that he has fought to keep hidden from public view to discovery and use by the magazine in its defense.

Stacy McCain comments on Mr. Lowry’s spirited response and Prof. Mann’s predicament:

Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel (or pixels by the terrabyte, as the case may be). Above and beyond handing Lowry the journalistic license to go rooting around in Mann’s life and career, a legal fight with Mann would provide National Review with a lucrative fundraising opportunity and a publicity bonanza. How many Drudge links, talk-radio segments and Fox News interviews would be inspired by such a lawsuit?

Nice touch mentioning pixels by the terabyte. I wonder where that came from.

In any case, the left is losing control of the The Narrative. Expect even more panic.