From the dialog of the ongoing Mann vs Steyn trial, Steyn says:
I am not a lawyer, but I assumed in covering a defamation trial I might be exposed to something resembling evidence of defamation. How naïve I was.
Virtually every aspect of Mann’s career is better now than it was before Steyn’s and Simberg’s blog posts were published. His salary is higher. He hangs out with celebrities such as Bill Clinton and Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom Mann testified to having a “bromance.” He was then working at Penn State but is now at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania. He is making more in book royalties.
If this is what harm looks like, I welcome defamation by Steyn and Simberg any day.
It gets worse, Steyn writes in another post:
In the heat of ClimateGate, Dr. Curry called on her colleagues to employ restraint. This resulted in her being called by the Plaintiff in the then-widely read Huffington Post a “serial climate disinformer.” Being labeled a “disinformer” didn’t work though, so it was time to play the Scarlett Letter card. Before the #MeToo era, that accusation sadly worked all too well, and at the time the good doctor spread those rumors — the aughts — it might as well have been 1642.
The following literally had to be stated and asked in Court today:
Dr. Judith Curry: Michael Mann knew who I was. My name appeared in one of the ClimateGate emails that Mann sent. He knew who I was. I mean, when this story was changed or altered to portray me as a graduate student, to my mind, the implication that I was, you know, just a woman sleeping my way to the top. And if you’re a professional woman, this is about the worst thing that anyone can say about you. It discredits your accomplishments and it gives people permission to ignore you.
Defense Counsel: Dr. Curry, did you ever get any of your tenured faculty positions or department chairs or awards or publications or anything else because you slept with somebody?
Dr. Judith Curry: No.
Let that sink in: “If you’re a professional woman, this is about the worst thing that anyone can say about you. It discredits your accomplishments and it gives people permission to ignore you.”
This is what Dr. Curry described today as “Hockey Stick Warfare.”
Watch the ongoing trial live here:
Meeting number/passcode: 2343 119 3793