"I Stand By Everything I Wrote"
by Mark Steyn
Thank you for all the helpful thoughts on tree rings, judges, statistics, and much else. We'll publish some of the non-confidential letters over the weekend. And thank you to everyone from Ipswich to Indonesia who's found a few spare bucks, quid or rupees to support the cause.
As to other developments in the Mann vs Steyn case, Newsweek, which is apparently back in business, and with wacky formatting, has a big story by Kurt Eichenwald: "A Change of Legal Climate." It doesn't quite live up to the headline, in the sense that it doesn't explore the genuinely shriveled "legal climate" that we would be under were Big Climate conformism to prevail over freedom of expression. But Mr Eichenwald provides a good read, and I make an appearance along the way:
I think it is going to come to that. So let's get on with it, like they would in real legal systems.
Elsewhere, Robert Stacy McCain weighs in:
And the dogged David Appel, apparently auditioning to play Javert to my Jean Valjean in the forthcoming production of Les Stickerables, notices that, in The Australian eight years ago, I was already calling Mann's hockey stick "fraudulent":
The novelist Michael Crichton sent me a note about that Australian column shortly after it appeared. But presumably Dr Mann never saw it, or he would have sued Down Under back in 2006, no?
Damian Penny pens a piece called "Mark Steyn's Self-Destructive Streak". (His advice to keep quiet and trust to the system is best read in conjunction with his previous post on "the end of Free Dominion".)
Yet amidst an avalanche of commentary in recent days perhaps the most penetrating legal analysis comes from Kevin Robbins:
That's a more competitive title than you might think.
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