"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.

 
 
   
 
Thursday, August 08, 2002
 
Seth and Ira enjoy nothing more than offering one another pats on the back, especially when those pats are unmerited. Today, for instance, they talk about the proposal to break up Saudi Arabia, “the subject of a much remarked upon editorial page article published in The New York Sun in its first week.”

We believe their error here is twofold. First, the “editorial page article” seems to have been published April 26, the second week of the Sun’s run. A minor nit we’re picking, true, but the more egregious misstatement above regards the “editorial page article” being “well remarked upon.” One wonders if the dialogue in which these remarks were made was carried on exclusively among Ira Stoll’s aunts and uncles, as it certainly was not carried out in any of the national and local newspapers, journals of opinion, and general interest magazines indexed by Lexis-Nexis. Like Father Like Sun's crack research staff was unable to find any reference to Seth and Ira’s little masterwork.

Try again, lads.

Wednesday, August 07, 2002
 
Ben “Magellan” Smith has escaped the Cobble Hill-Park Slope-Carroll Gardens Bermuda Triangle in which parental subsidy and good sense often go missing. In his filing today on graffiti – “a symbol of urban blight” – and rats, Mr. Smith goes to Washington...Street…almost. He actually seems to have ventured all the way to Broadway. I hope Seth and Ira award his initiative.

Elsewhere in the New York Sun, Lipsky and Stoll chastise The New York Times for its refusal to serve as a Post-style propaganda rag vis-à-vis the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, mistakenly called a “just war” by the two.

Tuesday, August 06, 2002
 
Three columns appear on the New York Sun's op/ed page today. One is by Tamar Jacoby, identified as a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Another is by Jay P. Greene, identified as a senior fellow at the Center for Civic Innovation. . .. at the Manhattan Institute. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we here at LF,LS have from the beginning tried let everybody know just how interconnected the Sun and the Manhattan Institute are. Why? Because they sure as shit haven't mentioned that the majority of their backers are also damn near the majority of the Institute's board.

But of course it's the New York Times that is horribly political and biased and blah blah blah.

Luckily, the third column on the editorial page is by Alicia Colon, board member of the Staten Island Institute. Today, Alicia recommends that the New York Stock Exchange build it's proposed backup trading floor in - -where else - - Staten Island!

RZA for president of the NYSE!!
 
How long do you think it will be before the Sun lists itself here?

Monday, August 05, 2002
 
Emmett Tyrrell’s Jugband Column in today’s New York Sun is utterly ridiculous. There is much to ridicule here, but I am afraid that I am finding myself unable to do so in detail without resorting to a torrent of profanity towards this pompous sack of shit. (See?) But here’s a sample:

“Americans recognize [Bush] as the kind of guy they would like as a neighbor. His appearance on the front lawn would not alarm the children or arouse the dog. His house would not be plastered with campaign signs. He would not be hosting lawn parties for fantasticoes [sic. Very sic.] from some weird political cause or for fat lobbyists from K Street.”

I don’t want that alcoholic coked-out spoiled multi-millionaire frat boy who’s never had a real job in his life living next to me -- I fear he would be a bad example for my kids, and actually I think he would indeed alarm the kids AND the dog (Bocephus), especially if his drunken children and hopped-up niece were visiting. And he can put up as many signs as he likes; he’ll have to in order to compete with my “LaRouche: Now More Than Ever” neon job.

Auntie Emm goes on to gush that the Resident is “genuine,” “the real thing,” “exceedingly fit,” “he bench presses 185 pounds five times” [what a big man you are!], Bush is “debonair.” I’m not saying anything, I’m just saying.

One more thing; Auntie Emm makes reference to “Conrad Black, the international publisher and writer who has just finished a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt”. Good for Lord Black of Crossharbour; I just finished “Red Harvest” by Dashiell Hammett. But, Emmy, methinks you forgot to mention something, something that probably should be mentioned in the interests of journalistic integrity and whatnot. . . . but then I’m just a nitpicking fantasticoe.


Line of the day, from the “Who Lost Jordan?” editorial (I'd say it was the Bulls): “The report that the Jordanian king, Abdullah, is passing sensitive American intelligence to Saddam Hussein . . . is enough to make our hair stand on end.” Sorry for the easy joke, but it’s obvious that this piece was not written by Seth.

 

 
   
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