"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 22, 2002
Ira Stoll doesn’t appear to recognize irony, even while in its midst. Today’s SmarterTimes rant focuses on the New York Times’ having written an editorial regarding Roger (“We Choose, You Lose” or however they say it) Ailes’ advice to the Bush (“You Vote, We Don’t Care”) Administration. The Times editorial page “piles on to” Ailes, the Times having already “mauled” Ailes in two previous articles. Does Ira not realize that he is complaining about the Times not letting go of the matter in his second column on the subject in three days? Not to mention the fact that his brief ravings constitute a much larger percentage of the Sun’s already limited content than does a Times editorial, or the Times stories that preceded it. Stoll does find time for humor, though, by referring to the Times reporters working the Ailes angle as ‘New York Times “news” reporters.’ This, from a "man" who features a website where women can dump their boyfriends as today’s cover story.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Today’s Smartertimes weighs in on the Roger Ailes/Bush controversy, specifically the New York Times’ take on it. Ira writes, “The Times’ overblown attack on Mr. Ailes is naked attempt [sic. . . Ira, if you can’t even proofread your own shit. . .] by a liberal newspaper to needle an ideological rival.” By comparison, Ira’s conservative newspaper exists for the sole purpose of needling an actual newspaper.

Monday, November 18, 2002
The "newspaper" that vilifies the Red Chinese gets even more anachronistic on that ass: Seth and Ira assign Gary Shapiro to set about rehabilitating Al Jolson, he of the nasal monotone and outsized ego. So the cortege of questionable persons and outright bad ideas following the moribund editors lengthens...
Today’s New York Sun editorial page features the oddly titled “From the Joe Klein-Robert Reich Exchange.” That’s it. No context, only the attribution, From Slate.com. The article is actually an excerpt from a week-long series of emails between Klein and Reich considering the state of the Democratic party following this month’s elections; the Sun, in its wisdom, picks a random exchange without establishing the reasons for the dialogue or even the dates they appeared. Such is the editorial expertise of Seth and Ira.


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