"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, November 08, 2002
 
Did you know that Seth Lipsky is a veteran? It’s true, even if he is a veteran in an Al Gore-newspaper-writin’-non-combat-seein’ kind of way (although, unlike most folks of his bent, Seth is cool with Al on that point).

Brother Grady and I wish Seth and all of you a happy Veterans Day. Grady will celebrate it his way, I will celebrate it my way.

Thursday, November 07, 2002
 
The nits picked by Ira Stoll’s SmarterTimes get ever smaller. One of today’s entries confronts a Times article on pen computers in which the Times identified Apple among failed pen computer attempts. Ira feels compelled to point out that Apple “still exists, and it has revenues of more than $5 billion a year,” adding, “Apple’s Newton pen computer was a failed effort, but that’s different from saying Apple is a failed effort.” I feel compelled to point out the meaning of the word “context” (as in “Brad was able to figure out the context of the Times story, while Ira apparently was not”), but keeping in Ira’s vein, I would like to point out that while the New York Sun is a failed effort, the sun itself is not. Still, Ira’s nattering criticisms are pretty bold coming from a man whose paper illustrates a story about the US military’s test of a laser cannon with a still from ‘Mars Attacks.’ I shit you not.

Elsewhere, the Sun reprints this story from Slate; this story from Jerry Capeci’s sad, sad little website; and assorted other free materials from the AP, Bloomberg, and Lummox (click here for tomorrow’s Sun column today! Click here for today’s Sun column yesterday!).

Still, thank god for the small pleasures in life, and few are smaller than Alicia Colon. Today Our Favorite (aside from the Hon., that is) reminisces about going to free rock shows in Central Park. Among the performers she lists: Procol Harum. (Again, I shit you not.) The mere thought of Alicia zoning out to an extended Robin Trower solo brings me more joy than you can possibly imagine.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002
 
Have You Slipped? Fallen? Perhaps a less dramatic mischance has befallen you, and you've merely just become deathly embarrassed for your sad, sad employers? If shame is your affliction and you work for Seth and Ira, all you need do on being assigned to chase ideological ambulances for the Manhattan Institute is to file the resulting "news item" under the byline "STAFF REPORTER OF THE SUN." This is a particularly handy device for avoiding the humiliation that likely accompanies undertaking partisan hackwork, and we're happy to see the Sun's newsroom staff resorting to it with such frequency. Brad Olson and I take it as a faint sign of life at the moribund paper. As for Seth and Ira themselves, they seem not alive enough to be worth euthanizing.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002
 
Poor Norah Vincent. Seth and Ira decline to press the Roget-reliant "columnist" into service for a piece falling firmly in her jurisdiction: a possible hire of a Palestinian sympathizer at Columbia. Instead Jacob Gershman writes a news piece that really doesn't break any news, contenting itself to serve as a pulpit for Danny Boy Pipes and others.

Our sadness for Ms. Vincent is intensified by the realization that the warblog entry in which she announced her "salubrious corrective [a phrase she trots out with great regularity] to the sinistral misinformation campaign being waged in the academy" has since been deleted. In the interest of completing the historical record, we excerpt from that entry as follows:
Okay. It’s official folks. Starting on October 15th, if all goes as planned, I’ll be debuting a column on higher education for the NY Sun. It will run on their op-ed page (page six) on Tuesdays, though it won’t be a permanent feature until we see how it works in the first few weeks.

While from time to time I intend to write about various and random zany goings-on in the groves of academe, for the most part I intend to focus on the war on terror in the academy, which, as many of you know, is a crucial front in the propaganda war. This will mean doing in small bursts the kind of thing that Dan Pipes is doing on Campus Watch, or reporting and opining about the stuff FIRE gets up to, etc.

Naturally, I’ll be combing the bushes for new material, so all you sympathetic academics out there, as well as those of you who have occasion to visit the ivory tower in whatever capacity, please keep me informed. Your tips will be a great help in tracking down unheard outrages.
It was outrageous enough that Seth and Ira thought to commission work from the author of such inanities. Luckily they have provided a "salubrious corrective" to their own staffing misdeeds, and cashiered the ludicrous Ms. Vincent. Unfortunately replacement Gershman's brain seems at least as underdeveloped as his predecessor's.
 
As very few press outlets even deigned to notice the redesign of the Sun - excepting the Daily News, which noted "the meager number of ads" the Sun is able to command - allow us, Seth and Ira, to offer you a box of cigars on the stillbirth of the Sun: Mark II.

As Paul Colford, author of the above-cited Daily News piece noted, the revamped Sun "increases the minimum page count to 14 from 12," a figure still short of the upper range of 18 pages propesized by Seth and Ira on the paper's launch. Brad Olson and I are grateful the duo is limiting the daily concatenation of falsehood and prejudice to 14 pages, though that limitation seems somewhat less than voluntary.

I guess noted plagiarist Mark Steyn is too hobbled by all those chinks in his armor to file regularly and push the Sun past the 14-page mark, and a breif perusal of the starting lineup submitted for public scrutiny shows that several promised "talents" have since gone missing.

It reminds us of today's splendid Adam DiFallah outing, "Giuliani Photo Vanishes From Site for Saudi-Funded Parley." How many persons once affiliated with the God-awful Sun now omit the tenure from their CVs out of shame? Mr. DiFallah should certainly be shamed by his piece, of which a few dozen words describe the Giuliani "flap." A harangue over the shortcomings of Saudi Arabia follows. Shame you couldn't get a plug for Ahmad Chalabi in there, Adam. Chalabi, after all, "revolutionizing Arab politics," at least according to lesser minds.

The pathos of Seth and Ira remains undiminished by the addition of two extra pages of copy. If DiFallah's third-hand piece is indicative of how they plan to fill those two pages, David Patrick Columbia, the latest dipshit discovery of Lauren Mechling's, will never take notice of their degraded existences.

 

 
   
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