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Mann targeted again, this time by the state (of Virginia)

Although Pennsylvania State University cleared Michael Mann in February of misconduct charges for his role in the leaked-email affair at the University of East Anglia, the controversy surrounding his work on the famous hockey-stick graph just keeps on going.

It now appears that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has opened an investigation into his research activities at the University of Virginia, where he was a professor from 1999 to 2005 before moving to Penn State. A Charlottesville weekly newspaper called The Hook first broke the news and posted a copy of Cuccinelli’s inquiry, framing it as one of several lightning-rod political issues that the newly elected conservative Cuccinelli is opting to pursue.

USA Today checked in with the Union of Concerned Scientists and managed to get the words “witch hunt” in the headline of its story. On the conservative side of the media spectrum – surprise! – the news was gleefully picked up by Fox News, which was equally enthusiastic in last week’s report about a threat by Mann to sue the makers of a satirical video titled “Hide the Decline” on YouTube.

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