Jerks come in all shapes, sizes and types, but jerks of some prominence who broadcast their jerkiness in public are an especially loathsome breed. Jerk aficionados, I give you Michael Mann, the inventor of that staple of the climate change fanataspere, the “hockey stick” graph. Prof. Mann is the director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He’s a hero to the climate change doomsday crowd; he’s also attempted to bully his critics by suing them. None of which is necessary malinger to his recent jerk orgy. Anyone who sent these two tweets would qualify as a jerk grandmaster.
First we have this one:
This tweet ranks a 10 on the Jerk Scale. First, the fact that it’s on Twitter is obnoxious: he wants the world to know that he’s calling out the Marriott, and the Marriott to fear that he is causing a public relations. Second, he’s virtue signaling to his woke fans by declaring Fox News eeeevil. Having Fox News on a hotel TV is no more or less objecionable than having any other news network on: pick your bias. For Mann to state as fact that his being triggered by Fox News is any more valid or noteworthy than, say, my being nauseated by CNN in airports all these many years shows us an ego that’s swallowed a brain. Finally, how pampered, self-absorbed and spoiled does someone have to be to make a public complaint like this, about the TV in a fitness center?
Now here’s an Ethics Alarms “Ripley”…
Wow. Mann has reached heights of jerkdom even Donald Trump seldom has achieved. First and most revolting, it’s the dreaded “Do you know who I am?” tactic, the realm that only contains jerks, assholes and fools. Second, Mann really thinks that one’s number of followers on social media qualifies as “rank.” Does Mann know who “outranks” him by millions? Idiots like Justin Bieber. Soccer player Chistiano Ronaldo. That well-respected intellectual, Britney Spears. Many other I bet he’s never heard of.
In addition, he’s appealing to the authority of…morons. Anyone who says they won’t stay at a hotel because they have Fox News playing in a single fitness center is probably too brain-dead from partisan obsession to count to six. (Most of those who Mann claims have announced their Marriott boycott (“full stop”) have probably never stayed in a hotel in their lives.)
Sadly but predictably, Marriott responded politely to Mann’s bullying, which just encourages him to be a bigger jerk, and small jerks to be more ambitious. The useful thing, however, is that Michael Mann outed himself for all to see.
He’s more than a jerk. He’s an asshole.
Good to know.
Pointer: Other Bill