"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.

Saturday, December 28, 2002
Were it still 1981, would any of that Saudi "money tainted with blood-soaked anti-Semitism" donated to the Phillips Academy have trickled down into "Master" William Kummel's piggy bank, the contents of which he was by the ninth grade applying to the purchase of intoxicants?

Thursday, December 26, 2002
Another interested reader writes regarding my post immediately below:
A truly decent person would proofread - with some seriousness - his five sentences criticizing a newspaper for not being adequately thoughtful, then making some concrete points about the quality of the newspaper's content and not wildly spraying insults to see where they might land.

This one can slide, Mr. Olivier. I like you too much and it's Christmas.
Our correspondent''s indulgence is greatly appreciated. As he notes, it was indeed Christmas when I committed the below, and as that august date is the second holiest on the LFLS calendar, Brad OIson and I were partying like it was 1979. Approaching the keyboard while saturated with bottom shelf domestic beer was a mistake, especially so as we had given the youngsters staffing copy edit the day off. My apologies for offering overly facile "press criticism" as the genuine article, and doing so in poorly constructed English. Pot, kettle, etc.

As to our supposed failure to adequately engage the contents of the Sun, I can only direct readers to our archives. Often we receive mail accusing us of dispensing insult with a free if not reckless hand and of needlessly shaking trees. As to the former, I can only say guilty as charged, though as to the latter, LFLS policy forbids us from shaking trees without having first chased quarry up same. The Sun however has become increasingly barren over the course of its publication, and we're having trouble finding anything of substance with which to reckon. Seth and Ira are still able to corral a few stink tankers to give the appearance of life, but the desertification of their media property is patent. When Seth and Ira begin to provide content - of any quality - we'll begin to reckon with it.

Wednesday, December 25, 2002
Seth and Ira's (Michael Steinhardt's, really) Sun continues to vacillate between inanity and insanity. With Jason L. Riley delivering his usual dose (700+ words) of inanity and the ordinarily insane David Frum providing...well, inanity. I take the first sentence back. The Sun is more soporific than ever, and despite Seth and Ira fortifying themselves with feel-good stories about against all odds success, the paper remains defiantly unreadable and even more unmemorable. A decent man would return - with profuse apologies - the remainder of the $20 million Steinhardt et al. ponied up, then foreclosing the ridiculous paper and providing the young staffers with alibis covering their time wasted at the Sun.

Tuesday, December 24, 2002
TWAS the day before Christmas
And all was not well.
‘Round the LFLS compound
A steady snow fell.
Grady in his kerchief
And I in my cap
Were reading the Sun when
--Holy Crap!
What to our wondering eyes
Didn’t appear?
Francis Church’s paean
To goodwill and good cheer!
“All bets are off!” I cried,
SethandIra have cheated!
They didn’t reprint it!”
But that’s just what we needed.
For we took all the money
Someone would have won
And bought some subscriptions
To the New York Times.

Merry Christmas.
The Sun, which last week lamented America's reluctance to sufficiently vilify Muslims, today vilifies the Saudis for vilifying Jews and Christians. actually, it's not really the paper's staffers saying anything, but more of a case of reprinting verbatim the pronouncements of MEMRI. The only immediately detectable addition of the Sun's to MEMRI's slop pile is the following:
In the aftermath of 9/11, attention is being drawn to the global reach of the SAUDI continued from page 1

Saudi educational effort aimed at promoting its particular version of Islam.
Reading these things prior to publication - known in trade argot as "editing" - is an integral part of the craft.

Monday, December 23, 2002
Today’s Smartertimes: “The New York Times yesterday ran an entire front-page news article on the Rockefeller family’s plan for its farm.” I like Ira Stoll’s use of the word “entire” in that sentence; it’s nice and snide. Let’s try it ourselves: “The New York Sun on June 7 ran an entire front-page news article on the death of a chimp who used sign-language.” Or: “The New York Sun in May 2002 ran entire front-page news articles on animals in at least 15 of the 20-odd issues it published that month.”

Meanwhile, nerves are on edge around our offices, as LFLS staffers anxiously await the inevitable publication of Yes Virginia and the conclusion of our pool. Unless, of course, the Sun decides to not run the piece at all, going after Like Father, Like Sun just because it is the newspaper company that is an enemy of The New York Sun!
Now that a second set of plans is out, and this time, the process has been hijacked by architects.

Now that I have re-read the above, and this time, I still don't understand it. Nor do I understand why the Sun's sponsoring plutocrats would waste their money on a "newspaper" which reads like a feuilleton reprint of an unremarkable text authored by a lesser student of Milton Friedman ("Private sector jobs are already fleeing New York, in part because of the city’s tax and regulatory regime that is hostile to business").

"Lively" and "way up-market" ain't what it used to be.


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