The Atlantic‘s Clive Crook has written the most embarrassing and libelous piece published by the media, “More on Climategate.”
The fact that the Atlantic continues to allow him to make up stuff and print it (without fact-checking) for the sole purpose of smearing Michael Mann — after the editors were informed of the libelous errors in the first piece — calls into question the editorial judgment of the entire magazine.
Both of Crook’s pieces should be taken down from the web, and he should issue a huge, public apology to Mann. Indeed, I think he owes Mann the courtesy of a phone call apology, too, since he has now written two falsehood-filled smear jobs on Mann without even bothering to try to talk to him.
Two weeks ago I wrote, “The Atlantic’s Clive Crook needs to retract his libelous misinformation and apologize to Michael Mann.” I pointed out a bunch of untrue assertions he made about Mann. Crook now acknowledges some of them, sort of — but he doesn’t even go back and correct the original post!
At the time I thought he had fabricated a quote when he wrote, falsely:
Three of four allegations are dismissed out of hand at the outset: the inquiry announces that, for “lack of credible evidence“, it will not even investigate them.
Of course, the allegations weren’t “dismissed out of hand.” Mann had been exonerated of them in the first investigation, as I noted.
I can’t find the phrase “lack of credible evidence” anywhere in the second inquiry (or first, for that matter, the one Crook seems to suggest he was aware of even though his entire first post suggests otherwise). Crook fails to identify where in the inquiry it came from, so I assume he can’t. I challenge him to do so, especially since in his new post he makes a major fabrication whose sole purpose is to smear Michael Mann. Two fabrications would make a pattern.
As we will see, this latest fabrication is so extreme it goes beyond what even extremists like Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli have done in their effort to defame Mann. Here is what Crook writes: