Mark Steyn has corrected an error I made in my article

Mark Steyn has seen need to correct my reference to his book in his own column today, Shelter in Place Until Further Notice.

Also on the plug front, in that excellent Aussie publication Quadrant, Dr Steven Kates puts in a good word for “a wonderful and hilarious book by Mark Steyn called ‘A Disgrace to the Profession’“. This passage by Dr Kates did, however, give me pause:

Bearing in mind that Steyn is being sued for defamation, there is something very unusual in that he describes Mann in print as “Mr Fraudpants” and runs articles with titles such as this on his website: “Michael E. Mann: Liar, Cheat, Falsifier and Fraud”.

It is outrageous to suggest that I have ever referred to a distinguished figure such as Michael Mann as “Mr Fraudpants”. I’m always very careful to refer to him as “Dr Fraudpants”. His Nobel Prize is false, but his PhD appears to be genuine, at least at the time of writing.

I will, of course, have to apologise to Mark the next time I have the opportunity, and to Dr Fraudpants as well. And as Mark discusses, that opportunity to apologise to him will occur as soon as February next year (see the details here). If you missed Kung Fu Fighting last time he was in Australia, your life will never now be totally complete. But you will be able to make up for it with whatever he decides to bring to us this time round, which he also discusses.

But the title of his article on “Shelter in Place” refers to neither my error nor his coming visit, but this:

The official line from Obama and Kerry is that the world is safer than it’s ever been – except for a few pockets here and there. You’ll recall that, when I spoke at the Danish Parliament seven weeks ago, the US State Department issued a travel advisory warning US citizens to steer clear of me and that particular neighborhood of Copenhagen. All very specific, and leaving plenty of other places for Americans to visit. However, the State Department has now expanded its area of concern and issued a “Worldwide Travel Alert”, advising Americans basically to steer clear of the entire planet until February 26th. Claudia Rosett says reassuringly that travel abroad is still safe for Americans if you can “teleport into rural New Zealand”. Absent that, shelter in place for the next three months.

As Obama, Biden et al crowed only three years ago, the terrorists are on the run, and they’ve apparently run everywhere. Is this all the President’s fault? Well, he is “the leader of the free world”. Which sounds like a demanding job. But happily, in terms of places it’s safe to visit, the free world seems to be getting a lot smaller.

And no doubt because of Malcolm’s own contribution to these problems, it will be getting smaller still.

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