Meet the plaintiff: Penn State climatologist Michael Mann.
Meet the defendants: writers Mark Steyn, Rand Simberg, National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Professor Mann claims to have been defamed by the defendants for attacking his work and making fun of him after embarrassing emails were released to the public in the scandal known as “Climategate.”
The professor found this sentence written by Steyn to be particularly offensive:
“Mann could be said to be the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting children, he has molested and tortured data in the service of politicized science that could have dire economic consequences for the nation and planet.”
Pretty good, huh?
But Professor Mann found it not the least bit amusing. He demanded that Steyn’s snappy critique be removed from the NRO website and when it wasn’t, he sued.
I say, Professor Mann is not the Jerry Sandusky of climate science. I say he is the Jerry Falwell.