RUSH: Fine and dandy, and it’s great to finally speak to you after all
STEYN: [Laughs] I know. Everywhere I go, people always assume
that before I guest host that you always call up and give me instructions on what to say. [Laughter]
RUSH: Well, it’s an understandable assumption people make. But I
really appreciate you doing it. You are, without question, the most
popular and the most successful of the whole roster, so it’s always great
news for me whenever I’m told that you can do it on a particular day.
STEYN: No, it’s an honor for me. I was at the BBC many years ago,
and I never got anywhere, so to come here as an immigrant and get
to guest host the No. 1 show is as good as it gets for me.
RUSH: It’s mutually beneficial here, too. I really appreciate it. Now,
I wanted to help get word of your book out there — and I wanted
to talk to you anyway. Before I get to the book, though, I know
you’re in the midst of a legal fight with Michael Mann, the global
warmist who is suing you for libel. What is the latest on that?
STEYN: At the moment the whole case is kind of frozen, which I
think is his plan. People launch these lawsuits, not because they
want to get you into court within three weeks, and win a seven-figure sum from you. They know that’s not going to happen. So the
process is the punishment. They basically want to just tie you up in
court for years, drain your money on legal bills, and then at some
point three, five years down the line, the whole case quietly goes
away. That’s not a hypothetical; he did that to a retired professor in
Canada, who reprised an old joke — he said Michael Mann
shouldn’t be at Penn State, he should be at the state pen. This is the
oldest joke in Pennsylvania. But for that, Michael Mann sued this
guy, blew through his retirement savings, and the case is no nearer
to getting into an actual courthouse and a trial than it was the day
he launched it.
He thought he’d do the same to me, and I’m the opposite. If he
wants to go to court, I say fine, let’s go to court on Tuesday and
have the trial on Tuesday, I’m happy to do that. But if he thinks this
is going to be one of these things where he just drags it out, and the
case goes nowhere, then he’s wrong about that. He wants a court in
the United States to rule that it is a crime to criticize scientists because scientists occupy such an exalted position in this society.
RUSH: They’re politicians now.
STEYN: Exactly. Well, they’re even beyond that. They’re higher
than judges. They’re like the Pope — they’re infallible, so the First
Amendment can’t apply to them. And if he wants to test that before
a judge and jury, I’m ready to go to trial, but now he’s the one who
is trying to duck out of it.
But he’s not going to duck out of it. If you graduated from high
school this summer, there’s been no global warming your entire life.
Those 18-year-olds have been force-fed their entire life the Michael
Mann Hockey Stick, the Al Gore Inconvenient Truth, the world is
going to broil. That graphic that you have at your website of Al
Gore as a fire-breathing dragon — the fire went out 18 years ago,
and yet they’re still being fed this propaganda. So if they want a
court to actually litigate this thing, then bring it on, baby. That’s
My conversation with QA &
I was delighted to speak with the inimitable wit, pundit,
raconteur, musical aficionado, writer extraordinaire — and
occasional EIB substitute host — who’s out with a must-read
new book, The Undocumented Mark Steyn: Don’t Say
You Weren’t Warned: