Friday, September 27, 2002
We were saddened to see Jack Newfield
reaching his pitiful senescence in the degraded pages of the New York Sun
. Next Dan Dorfman
was allowed to use the newsroom as a post-stroke convalescent center. Now we receive word that The Talented Mr. Lipsky has effected another of his masterful changes of identity, swapping his pathetic fedora and elastic-waistbanded trousers for the scrubs typical of the warden of a home for congenital idiots. Norah Vincent
, you see, is being dragooned into service to prepare a "column on higher education" [sic].
Ms. Vincent proposes "a salubrious corrective to the sinistral misinformation campaign being waged in the academy," or, as someone without so debilitating a Roget's reliance would put it, a bit of aiding and abetting Daniel Pipes's scheme for the detection and prosecution of thought crime
This in addition to Seth and Ira's bringing you re-runs of Lummox Taranto's "Arabs Behaving Badly" ranks the Sun
as perhaps the most derivative paper in existence. I believe the local Pennysaver
here in Pawnee has more original content, despite the absence of Seth's editorial brilliance and Bruce Kovner's millions.
Adam Daifallah does an admirable job expressing Michael Steinhardt's opinions in today's New York Sun
. His article
is titled "Iranian Drive for A-Bomb Raises a New Alarum," and within he notes that, "A reported 600 Russian nuclear engineers are working on building a nuclear reactor for Iran, despite the fact that Iran has yet to sign an agreement with Russia about the return of that plant’s spent nuclear fuel - material that can be used to build nuclear bombs."
It is difficult to see from the piece where the Sun's editors
saw information that would merit the assertion that the above constitutes a drive for an A-bomb. We read about "apparent foot-dragging," "suspicions," and even "grave concerns," though no demonstration that would justify such scare mongering.
As per Sun
usual, the poor reporter is forced to place a call to one of Seth and Ira's money-quote generators. This time it's Manoucher Ganji (spelled "Manouchehr Ganji" in an earlier piece
), a paid dissident heading the Organization for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms for Iran. Curious that a former snuggle bunny of the Shah
's has suddenly acquired a concern for "human rights."
Our hearty congratulations to the New York Sun on this prestigious honor
Keep up the great work boys!
Thursday, September 26, 2002
For the fourth day in a row SmarterTimes makes an appearance in the New York Sun, apparently confirming its presence as a regular feature in the rag, with a regular spot in the top left hand corner of page 2. They still don’t seem to be posting these nuggets on either the Sun website or the long-neglected SmartTimes site, however; a shame, as SmartTimes garnered a lot more attention during its run that the Sun has during its own.
One of the things we loved most about SmarterTimes was its joy in pointing out misspelled names appearing in the New York Times. In fact, its archives
have a whole section dedicated to spelling errors made by the Times. For example, this one
, where Rudy Giuliani’s name was spelled wrong; this one
, pointing out the misspelling of Sen. John Kerry’s name; and this one
, where the Times got international recording superstar (sorry, I meant “hardly obscure” Nobel Prize-winner) Harold Varmus’ name wrong. We at Like Father Like Sun look forward to further fun with Times misspellings of proper names.
Meanwhile, on today’s New York Sun editorial page, columnist J.P. Avlon’s last name is spelled ‘Avon.’
Nice big type. Right beneath his picture. Hard to miss, really.
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Thank God, Alicia Colon has returned to the pages of the New York Sun. Her column today, as odd as ever, is on the subject of Fashion Week, encompassing the need for tax relief for the rich (so they will not “stop buying big-ticket items” which would cause small businesses to fail); the criticism she received for criticizing a handbag in a previous column; her days as “an avant-garde Bohemian artist who provoked stares wearing a black vinyl trench coat and huge dark sunglasses to Sunday Mass;” celebrity hairstyles (“droopy, straggly locks”) at the Oscars; and how the Fashion Week show she attended ended up (against her expectations!) displaying “clothes that will make a woman feel lovely and feminine. . .I was pleasantly impressed and delighted to learn that that designers who impress women still exist. Congratulations, Carmen Marc Volvo.” Judging by those who favor
designs, we are not surprised by Alicia’s ringing endorsement.
Elsewhere on the editorial page, R. Emmett Otter Tyrrell Jr’s Jugband Column
takes an interesting look at The Sopranos, one that I haven’t seen elsewhere; Emmett
looks at the hit TV show through the eyes of a prissy, uptight, blue-nosed, pompous, snooty little prick (i.e. his own), and surprisingly doesn’t like what he sees! He also compares it to the real-life gangsters he says he grew up near in Chicago, veering dangerously onto the turf of his fellow Sun columnist Jerry Capeci
. Watch yourself, Em - - Jerry is liable to cut off the head of your prized pet
and put it in your bed!
Since his firing from the New York Post, Jack Newfield, in what is most certainly the nadir of his career, has filed several stories for the Sun. I wonder why Seth and Ira didn’t run this one
Monday, September 23, 2002
A brand new feature seems to have debuted in today’s Sun: SmarterTimes! Yes, the website that begat the Sun is now (apparently) going to be a regular feature. The column (consisting of two nit-picking items) even manages to make reference to the site, which of course hasn’t been updated since April
; in keeping with Sun policy no reference is made to the fact that Sun managing editor Ira Stoll
ran said site. We at Like Father Like Sun have generally avoided the sort of finicky fussing that characterized Stoll’s site, mainly because he wasn’t engaging in it anymore, but now look forward to seeing how well the incredibly professionally edited Sun will compare to the SmarterTimes' high standards.
Elsewhere in Monday's edition, the Independence Party candidate for New York governor, Tom Golisano, gets a nice front page article on his proposal to eliminate toll booths. Golisano also gets an approving mention in an editorial. Golisano ALSO gets mentioned in a full page ad his campaign took out in today’s Sun.
Did I say high standards?