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Following our dangerously unstable experiments of recent weeks, today, Wednesday, I'll be conducting another combined Clubland Q&A and Mark Steyn Show. It's the audio equivalent of one of those exciting double-mutation Covid variants that only the most lavishly US-funded Chinese gain-of-function labs can pull off. We're varying the times a little to see what works best for whom, so today the fun starts live across the globe at 1pm Eastern in North America - that's 5pm GMT/6pm British Summer Time. We'll try to pin down the rest of the time zones below, but do, as they say, check local listings.
On today's hybrid show, we'll kick off with questions from Mark Steyn Club members, throw in a couple of Steyn Show regular features, come back to your questions, and generally mix things up a little. If you've any follow-ups on the various subjects we've been chewing over at SteynOnline and on Tucker Carlson Tonight these last few days, do shoot them along. I'm happy to address any topic that tickles your fancy, with the usual stipulation that certain areas bore me to death.
~As many of you know, we're now in the tenth year of climate mullah Michael E Mann's defamation suit against me for mocking his "hockey stick". When he lost to Professor Tim Ball in the British Columbia Supreme Court, we headlined our report:
Michael E Mann, Loser
When he lost to National Review in the District of Columbia Superior Court, we headlined it:
Michael E Mann, Loser (Again)
When he lost to the Competitive Enterprise Institute just last week, we sub-headed it:
Michael E Mann, Loser (Again) (and Again)
But this joke may be coming too thick and too fast to merit twice-weekly reprise. So today I'll just stick to the Reason headline:
Judge Strikes All of Michael Mann's Expert Witnesses from Libel Suit
I may have underestimated this Judge Irving. The 55-page order has some very choice moments - for example, his rejection of the near-parodically self-regarding warm-monger Naomi Oreskes' "expertise" (page 25):
When asked about the methodologies that she used in this case, Dr. Oreskes responded: 'If you want me to tell you what my method is, it's reading and thinking. We read. We read documents. And we think about them.'
That is the problem, here. Reading and thinking about documents are not the types of 'reliable methodologies' typical of an expert witness, which leaves the Court unable to distinguish why Dr. Oreskes is more capable than the average juror, who can also read and think about documents.
Naomi Oreskes' answer would have sufficed on NPR or CNN: Appeal to authority is the critical distinction in today's world, so dear Naomi or Tony Fauci "reading" and "thinking" is different from Gladys Scroggins of 27b Elm Street "reading" and "thinking". Unfortunately, in court - even this court - you need a little more than that.
Personally, I'm indifferent on "expert witnesses", which like so many elements of American litigation has become a racket of mediocrities. Cary Katz paid fifty to a hundred grand per expert, and in two separate trials they were the crappest witnesses in the world. Both judges palpably despised them, and it was the work of moments to take apart their testimony.
~Thank you to everyone who tuned in for my hour in the anchor's chair on Monday's Tucker. Thanks to the best team in telly, we were the Number One cable show in the advertiser-critical "demo", part of a Top Seven sweep for Fox:
1) Mark Steyn
2) The Five
3) Sean Hannity
4) Laura Ingraham
5) Greg Gutfeld
6) Brett Baier
7) Tammy Bruce
I also had the Number One share in primetime in total audience, with 57 per cent over CNN and MSNBC's combined 43 per cent. It is amazing to me that Anderson Cooper (18 per cent), Chris Cuomo (17 per cent) and Don Lemon (16 per cent) remain in gainful employment. Once again it was a Fox News primetime sweep:
1) Mark Steyn 57 per cent
2) Laura Ingraham 52 per cent
3) Sean Hannity 49 per cent
As always, I thank Fox's tremendous team. I'll be back with Tucker tomorrow evening.
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