Enlarge / Mike Mann of Penn State poses for a selfie with a fan.Andrew Read/Penn State
For a couple of columnists at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the , Mann had to be wrong.
Thus, if an investigation cleared him, it couldn't have been a thorough investigation.
This sets the backdrop for their columns, which made comparisons between the investigations of Mann and those of another employee of Penn State—Jerry Sandusky, a former coach who was convicted of molesting members of the school's football program.
In colorful language, they called the investigation of Mann a whitewash, and accused him of "molesting" data.
Mann demanded the columns be removed or he'd sue, and followed through on this threat.