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Hustler Magazine v. Falwell Turns 26

When it comes to even the most basic conceptions of free speech and robust public debate, 1988 might as well be 260 years ago, never mind twenty-six.

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Kathy Shaidle

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February 20, 2014 - 7:00 am
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By now, PJ Media readers have likely heard about climatologist Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann’s lawsuit against National Review and its star columnist Mark Steyn.

In the summer of 2012, millions of non-football fans first learned of the existence of one Jerry Sandusky, the once revered (and then disgraced) Penn State football coach.

So on July 15 of that year, Steyn repeated blogger Rand Simberg’s recent observations that Penn State’s roster of employees also included Michael Mann:

In the wake of Louis Freeh’s report on Penn State’s complicity in serial rape, Rand Simberg writes of Unhappy Valley’s other scandal:

“I’m referring to another cover up and whitewash that occurred there two years ago, before we learned how rotten and corrupt the culture at the university was. But now that we know how bad it was, perhaps it’s time that we revisit the Michael Mann affair, particularly given how much we’ve also learned about his and others’ hockey-stick deceptions since. 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.”

Not sure I’d have extended that metaphor all the way into the locker-room showers with quite the zeal Mr Simberg does, but he has a point. Michael Mann was the man behind the fraudulent climate-change “hockey-stick” graph, the very ringmaster of the tree-ring circus. And, when the East Anglia emails came out, Penn State felt obliged to “investigate” Professor Mann. Graham Spanier, the Penn State president forced to resign over Sandusky, was the same cove who investigated Mann. And, as with Sandusky and Paterno, the college declined to find one of its star names guilty of any wrongdoing.

If an institution is prepared to cover up systemic statutory rape of minors, what won’t it cover up? Whether or not he’s “the Jerry Sandusky of climate change”, he remains the Michael Mann of climate change, in part because his “investigation” by a deeply corrupt administration was a joke.

Speaking of jokes, Mann duly sued over Steyn’s and Simberg’s quips.

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I've been following this case and there is an update. Mark has countersued Mann for $20 million! Don't think for a second that Mark is going to roll over for this hack. I, for one, will have a better night's sleep when I see this buffoon go down.

Follow and support Mark at steynonline.com
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Why are there not more people defending Steyn? He at least mentioned child abuse in a quoted metaphor, so where is the ACLU, staunch defenders of NAMBLA and apparently erstwhile defenders of that speech thing?

I remember the ACLU hosting excited fundraisers and getting all hot and bothered over this movie -- Flynt went on an ACLU tour cast as an Atticus Finch hero, and his ACLU fans tripped all over themselves explaining that he really, really wasn't really racist, just sexist, so they could justify celebrating him in public. Flynt figured out which side his cornpone was buttered on and restricted himself to raw misogyny while feigning racial civility.

It was quite a performance.

Remember, too, that Atticus Finch and the other town elders chose to not prosecute the real rapist of Mayella Ewell -- her father -- even though they all knew about it. And then they let Boo Radley do the extralegal justice bit for them, instead of using the law to stop Mr. Ewell from raping and beating his kids.

A similar thing happened with Flynt's shooter.

To Kill a Mockingbird is actually not a very admirable legal story, though nearly all law students surveyed describe it as the reason they entered the law.

And that explains a great deal about the selective fetishes of the legal class.




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I do feel that some speech restrictions do need to be put in place, namely inciting a murderous mob.

I remember how the French Revolution was started by the press and free speech making outrageous lies about King Louis XVI, and what resulted from that was a bloodbath even when the king was killed to establish a purely secular form of society.
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I've been following this case and there is an update. Mark has countersued Mann for $20 million! Don't think for a second that Mark is going to roll over for this hack. I, for one, will have a better night's sleep when I see this buffoon go down.

Follow and support Mark at steynonline.com
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Larry Flynt felt a need "to mock his betters". That would include cockroaches, sewer rats, the herpes virus. The guy definitely was a vile piece of work.
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Great column, and dead right.

Of course, while Steyn gets the role of the pornographer he isn't one. OTOH, it isn't a stretch put Mann and the rest of the AGW crowd in the place of religious zealots.

And some irony: Flynt, the defendant, is the guy who gave us Chester the Molester. In the Steyn case, however, it is the plaintiff who comes from Penn State. http://blog.billlawrenceonline.com/2011/11/28/the-other-penn-state-child-molestation-scandal.aspx






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That pedophile wrote the book on autism? As someone who is diagnosed as high-functioning autistic, if not aspergers, and have a few friends who are autistic, I'm very disturbed.
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John T. Neisworth is a big name in the field. It makes me sick to think of how twisted people have become prominent in education.
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