"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, February 28, 2003
 
Yesterday’s SmarterTimes (which we received late due to our Sun provider Tim’s unfortunate illness) hit new lows of ridiculousness, chiding the Times for not disclosing that Chas Freeman, who wrote an anti-Iraq war op-ed piece for the paper, works for a firm with ties to Middle Eastern businesses. For the Sun to attack ANYONE for failure to disclose ANYTHING, while in the meantime concealing its ties to the Manhattan Institute, and employing the husbands, wives and children of said financiers, is as nauseating as ever.

Today, Ira Stoll “reports” on his haj to Ronald Reagan’s old ranch, now owned by something called the Young America’s Foundation, “a non-profit group that trains young people in conservative ideas.” Ira proudly notes that, added up, Reagan spent nearly an entire year of his administration at the ranch; when people refer to George Bush as being in Reagan’s mold, an aversion to work must be standard of measure. Ira writes swooningly of the aged feeb’s sense of humor; Ira paints Dutch as if he is the missing Horowitz brother. Now that I think about it, Reagan actually did say some funny shit. . .

Meanwhile, a big LFLS congrats to Cousin Brucie! We knew you would make it! (It’s a good thing too, as you are footing the bill for Ira’s little field trips.) And keep trying Tommy! They can’t live forever!

Wednesday, February 26, 2003
 
Just to add to Brother Olivier’s entry below, the profiled anti-legal recourse activist is Walter Olson, no relation to yours truly, identified as “senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.” Ms. Mechling manages to mention the Manhattan Institute (“a leading neo-conservative think-tank”) six times in her “story” without once mentioning its ties to her employer. I don’t know why this still surprises me; I guess I’m just an optimist and expect the Sun’s writers to reveal their links to the Institute at some point. Coincidentally, the Sun also carries a full-page ad calling for a reform of “the lawsuit culture in modern America.” Again, this is just a coincidence.
 
Sorry for our conspicuous inactivity of late. Brad Olson and I are hibernating, if that's the correct word. Actually, a better word - well, series of words - would be "rendered unconscious by an unrelenting assault of predictably preposterous copy." What's on the Sun's site today? New York Sun scribe Lauren Mechling cut and pasting a human face on tort reform by profiling someone from the Manhattan Institute - Oops, did I screw up the preceding links? I'm not sure myself - and Eric Wolff donning Jonah Goldberg's hand-me-downs (Christ, man, they were third-hand when given to Jonah) when getting all pissy because the French are making an unconvincing show of reluctance to support the coming shock and awe of the Iraqi people. Neither is as good as Seth and Ira, who today apply Woody Allen's quip that "80% of success is just showing up" to the members of the teachers union. Lipsky and his lint-headed liegeman apparently fail to note that Ms. Mechling and Mr. Wolff did little more than show up, and that their own enterprise, when judged by the obvious metrics of newsstand sales and penetration of the collective conscious, is more than 80% unsuccessful.

Wake us in the unlikely event that the Sun, "published at New York City," prints anything worth reading "at page one" or anywhere in its formidable 16 pages.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003
 
In an odd decision, today’s Sun editorial lionizes Ahmad Chalabi, of all people. My favorite line: “We know that Mr. Bush doesn’t like to let polls dictate his policies. . .”

 

 
   
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