"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, October 18, 2002
 
Wallace Matthews - again and as always - exercises his tired schtick, heaping scorn on the athlete that dares differentiate himself through anything other than goodoldfashionedheartandsticktoitness. Brad Olson and I, though, score him points on filing what seems to be the first Sun article in recent memory not to mention Ahmad Chalabi.

Early in his piece, Matthews tells of "the obvious feel-good story of two 'middle-market' teams - and two wild-cards, no less - making it to the Big Show despite having payrolls which added together would have saved George Steinbrenner millions." It reminded us of a more farcical story where two sub-middle-market talents made it to the Big Show - solely because a gang of bloated plutocrats felt like squandering their millions. The ballplay is of a similar amateur sort, and never does the staff of the New York Sun differentiate itself for anything other than its mounting imbecility, though Rachel Donadio is proving herself among the very bestest Internet surfers in New York publishing.

Thursday, October 17, 2002
 
GET ME COPY EDIT!

From today’s lead editorial in the New York Sun print edition:

“Barley a week after Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, North Korea has stunned American diplomats by disclosing that it has a secret nuclear weapons program.”

That’s right, “barley.” Thankfully they were able to make sure the word was spelled correctly in the online version, suggesting that they may be better off hiring their webmaster as editor rather than the incompetents who currently have the responsibility. Better yet, perhaps the entire operation could become an Internet-only affair; they could continue with their fine tradition of reprinting articles from other sources, while saving many a tree in the process.

Also, they managed to spell JP Avlon’s name correctly today, so that’s a plus...
 
An article by Adam Daifallah in today's edition of Michael Steinhardt's warblog, ahem, newspaper confuses us from the get-go. The confusion begins with the headline: "Bush Signs War Resolution on Iraq as Exile Leaders Chafe at State, Then Meets Sharon, Declares That CIA Against Ahmad Chalabi." Aside from the poor phrasing and worse grammar, the piece says nothing of Bush meeting Sharon, and gives Hudson Institute Center for Middle East Policy stiff Meyrav Wurmser as pronouncing the CIA against Ahmad Chalabi. We've long maintained that nobody much reads the Sun. It here becomes apparent that even the paper's own editors and headline writers don't read it either.

The piece is most notable for betraying the amazing sense of entitlement on the part of the Iraqi National Congress - to which Seth Lipsky is so beholden it seems the Congress provided him an organ for transplant - and its supporters. Daifallah notes frustration on the part of the "opposition groups" over the State Department's "tendency to meddle in [their] internal workings" - as if the "opposition groups" weren't largely Western constructs.

"The vice president of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute, Danielle Pletka, recently organized a conference of Iraqi opposition leaders, and no senior officials from State Department were in attendance," the piece continues, suggesting that State Deartment job descriptions necessitate that officials attend seminars sponsored by disgusting ideologues outside the government. The passage reminded us of how Seth and Ira recently organized a newspaper, and no readership was in attendance.

Daifallah tells us of "growing impatience with the lack of planning among Iraqi exiles, saying, 'We want and desperately need a conference [on State Department plans].' Some 270 Iraqis (at last count) have put petitions and ‘open letters’ of one sort or another demanding a large conference immediately." Here the Sun reporter numerically exemplifies what "democracy" means to Seth and Ira. 270 demand to dictate what the post-Saddam Iraq will look like. Iraq's population: 22,675,617.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002
 
Emmett Otter’s Jugband Column rolls on today, bleating a merry little tune that could be entitled “Jimmy Carter: Worse Than Saddam, Osama, and Clinton Rolled Into One.”

Auntie Em writes, “[Carter] was the worst president of the 20th Century. After him, members of the Harding family could hold their heads high.” Regarding Gunnar Berge, the Nobel chairman: “What does Mr. Berge know about ensuring peace in the world? His committee never conferred a peace prize on President Reagan or on his successor President Bush the Elder.” And then in closing, Our Emmett writes, “But to return to Mr. Carter, he has always been a fraud and an opportunist. . . . In running for the presidency in 1976, he gave these as his credentials: ‘I am a Southerner and an American. [Sounds good so far.] I am a farmer, an engineer, a father and a husband a Christian a politician and a former governor, a planner, a businessman, a nuclear physicist, a naval officer, a canoeist, and among other things a lover of Bob Dylan’s songs and Dylan Thomas’ poetry.’” Our Emmett calls this a “colossal statement of balder and dash.” Fraud? Opportunist? Balder? AND dash? Aside from the part about Dylans Bob and Thomas, the statement seems pretty verifiable to me. Unlike “facts” about certain other folks. . .

Today we’re going to try out a new feature called (tentatively), “R. Effete Tyrrell’s Big Big Vocabulary.” Today’s winners: “irenic” and “dispendious.” Try and work them into a sentence! Do it, and someday you may find yourself working at an award-winning newspaper!

Monday, October 14, 2002
 
Today's dung heap has a typically thoughtful piece by the Famed Plagiarist Mark Steyn. Also within is this choice editorial fulminating against JFK's "aides [who] have, for years, been nursing the notion that America emerged victorious" from the Cuban fiasco: "If Kennedy had done more than his naval blockade and had launched an invasion, as many in the military were counseling, the Soviet regime would have lost the missiles as well as the communist dictatorship 90 miles off America’s coast." Seth and Ira are apparently nursing the twin notions that the Cold War was a boon to America and that the upcoming slaughter of Iraqi civilians will be a damn good thing. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. isn't the only one disagreeing with them.

The avalanche of wire items continues, making the Sun read like an expat paper. Not surprising that, insofar as the paper is largely an effort of non-New Yorkers. Seth, Ira, and their newsroom are wholly alienated from the city - and it shows in their paper. Provincialism and parochialism scent the pages, and dragooning poor Jack Newfield into service does little distract from the stench.

 

 
   
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