The free speech trial involving conservative commentator Mark Steyn and liberal climate scientist Michael Mann may finally be moving forward after four years of delayed litigation.
— Mark Steyn (@MarkSteynOnline) June 1, 2016
But why exactly is Steyn being sued? Essentially, for his outspoken skepticism of climate change. Steyn wrote a blog post for National Review criticizing Michael Mann, a climatologist at Penn State University, for his work on climate science, asserting that Mann’s “hockey-stick” graph was fraudulent. Mann sued Steyn for defamation, arguing that he had a right to stop Steyn from criticizing his work essentially because the “science” was on his side.
As Steyn explains in this video, Mann’s argument would empower our judicial system to become arbiters of scientific fact and grant them the power to silence dissenting thought if such thought disagreed with “scientific fact.”
In the meantime, Steyn continues to wait for his trial to proceed. But he doesn’t seem optimistic: “I don’t entirely rule out that, at the present rate of progress, I myself will die before this lethargic bench brings the thing to trial.”
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