With each passing day, Dr. Mann’s Q score becomes stranger and stranger. Mark Steyn (whom Dr. Mann is suing for libel) observes an emergent phenomenon – Mann’s accidental emergence into the public stage in a post facto sort of way.
National Review and I have a court date next month for Big Climate honcho Michael Mann’s defamation suit against us for hooting at his hockey stick. I gather that, in America, the crucial point of law is that it’s very difficult to defame a public figure, as Jerry Falwell and many others have discovered. So I was interested to note this recent verbal tic from Dr. Mann. From the May 8th Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia:
“I’ll often characterize myself as a reluctant and accidental public figure,” he said.
He’s right! I had no idea how often he does characterize himself as a reluctant and accidental public figure. Here he is on May 1st at the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association:
Mann called himself “a reluctant and accidental public figure in the debate over climate change.”
Here’s more context:
The Daily Press reports:
More than a year removed from that controversy and with a book on climate change now under his belt, Mann reflected on the experience in an interview before his speaking engagements.
“I’ll often characterize myself as a reluctant and accidental public figure,” he said. “I found myself at the center of this debate because of the efforts of some to discredit my science, and I had to make a decision. What am I going to do with that?”
You can read the entire Steyn essay here, and note just how many times that phrase is being used by Dr. Mann. Clearly, an emergent phenomenon.
In other news, Junkscience.com is running a series of Dr. Mann’s interviews with the press, to illustrate just what a
liar shrinking violet he is about his public persona, trying to manipulate the outcome of his defamation lawsuit by pretending to be something that he is not.
Read the whole series here
UPDATE: Commenter “copner” points out Mann’s Facebook page has already made the decision for Dr. Mann. He can stop backpedaling now: