"I don't believe in journalists having 'responsibility.'"
-Seth Lipsky, October 16, 2003

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll demanded on August 20, 2003, that Washington "finish the war" against "the Arabs."

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll assembled their staff for a Champagne toast to mass death on the commencement of hostilities against Iraq. Stoll called it "my war." CNN maintains a running update here of Americans killed in Ira's war.

On February 6, 2003, Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll wrote, in all seriousness, of a pending anti-war demonstration that the "the New York City police could do worse, in the end, than to allow the protest and send two witnesses along for each participant, with an eye toward preserving at least the possibility of an eventual treason prosecution."

The June 9, 1995 Wall Street Journal quoted an SEC complaint against New York Sun backer Bruce Kovner as saying Kovner had "altered and destroyed" subpoenaed evidence. We wish you'd do the same to the daily print run of your God-awful newspaper, Bruce.

Also, Professor G. Harlan Reynolds alleged on August 27, 2002 - when the Sun was several months in publication - that Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll had not yet paid him for a piece authored for their inaugural issue.

 
 
   
 
Friday, July 19, 2002
 
The interns and hired help failed us this week, dear readers, failing to collect the week's run of the New York Sun as instructed. This leaves us with just today's paper to contemplate.

Brother Olson has already weighed in on some of the contents of the "Weekend Edition," the edition formerly known as Friday's paper. So what else is in the Sun today? Let's start with what's not. Say, didn't the House and Senate authorize the payment of $5.5 billion to the city? You wouldn't know by reading the Sun, the paper promising priority coverage of the city. (Interestingly, Long Island's Newsday, whose coverage of the city is secondary if not tertiary, covers the story.)

How, then, does the Sun deploy its considerable resources? Well, by assigning Rachel Donadio, she of perfect couch fame, to pen a Hilton Kramer-worthy piece on Susan Sontag. An accompanying article - bearing a byline though not attribution - covers much the same ground, denouncing in the most facile manner possible the Iranian play brought out at Lincoln Center where Donadio spied Sontag.

The hysterical attacks don't limit themselves to Sontag and the theatrical stagings at Lincoln Center. On the "opinions" page Andrew Sullivan, aggrieved ex, has a go at The New York Times. The distance between the Sun's contents and actual news has always been spacious, but the paper is now little more than a vehicle for personal grievance - and even that is presented poorly.

As is often the case, cheese supplements whine. Jack Newfield and Wallace Matthews play at being straight-shooting remnants of the tougher times of yore. Yawn. I can almost imagine the twosome nipping out at lunch with Seth Lipsky to price Fedoras. Hiring these two tired hacks is how Seth and Ira Stoll - both non-natives of the city, I believe - do local color.

We here at Like Father Like Sun have always marveled at how Seth and Ira are so masterful in reducing New York to two (just barely) dimensions rendered solely in shades of gray. It's as if people there did nothing more than stand around discussing the innumerable merits of charter schools and denouncing Red China. There's obviously no life in the Sun's editorial offices (an automated relay and amplification station for the steady feed of lunacy originating with the Manhattan Institute), but surely there's at least a small measure to be found outside.
 
As Grady has pointed out below, the New York Sun’s courtship of Jack Newfield appears to have led to marriage. He rejoins his fellow NY Post castaway Wallace Matthews on the Sun’s front page. With these two recent hires, as well as the recent hiring of Stuart Marques from the Daily News and today’s editorial page appearance by Andrew Sullivan, the Sun appears to be forging a brave new path in employment policy. We would humbly suggest three more additions to the Sun’s roster.

I have to say that though I am often critical of the Sun, today’s issue brought two very welcome sights; the byline of one James Bowman, and an incredible photo of Susan Sontag in which she looks like a dissipated Howard Stern. Also, I enjoyed David Blum’s television column. In his latest of several attacks on Connie Chung’s new show, he writes, “I keep thinking it’s headed for the kind of mythic status that certain TV failures have, like ‘The Wilton North Report’ on Fox or even ‘Moose Murders’ on Broadway.” Dave – if ‘Moose Murders’ was on Broadway, how exactly is it in a league with “certain TV failures”? Anyway, you remain the best TV columnist ever, maybe even the worst!
 
One of our most regrettable practices as a society is our heartless disposal of the elderly. Some seniors meet their ends alone, forgotten in unheated apartments subsisting on Alpo and the kindness of Meals on Wheels. Jack Newfield finds himself in the pages of the New York Sun. Whatever the outward differences, their stations are equally grim, and they are to be pitied equally.

More later...

Wednesday, July 17, 2002
 
10 DAYS AGO IN THE NEW YORK SUN:

Ten days ago, the Sun did not put out an issue. They don't work or publish weekends.


Tuesday, July 16, 2002
 
100 DAYS AGO IN THE NEW YORK SUN:

One hundred days ago, the Sun still had not put out a single issue.


Monday, July 15, 2002
 
100 DAYS AGO IN THE NEW YORK SUN:

One hundred days ago, the Sun had not yet published an issue.

 

 
   
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