"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, March 28, 2003
We know we said last week that the present war against Iraq had forced us to reorganize our priorities and lay off the Sun. But like a moth to the candle or Christopher Hitchens to the jug, I'm irresistibly attracted to Seth and Ira's waste pile of a newspaper.

With a picture that could frighten Brad Olson's kids - and even their father - complementing his byline, Ira Stoll used Steinhardt's paper as a vanity press after suffering a serious spell of Daphna Bermania. His article, "At an Anti-War March, Other Anti-'s [sic, with reference only to the baffling apostrophe] on Display," dutifully recorded the anti-Israel remarks of anti-war protestors at the March 22 demo. Some are more objectionable than others, which is actually quite beside the point. What Ira objects to is actually anybody suggesting a congruence of interest between G.W. Bush's present siege of Iraq - part of The War Against Terror (TWAT) - and Sharon's occupation of Palestinian land and repression of its occupants. This from an editor whose paper has said at least weekly since launch that Sharon and his Israel were fighting alongside the U.S. in its global-historical battle against terror. How can he in good faith object to the protestors arriving at the same equivalence his own paper postulates? If the Sun's circulation figures weren't as abysmal as they are, the protestors could have been mistaken for subscribers. Ah, the SethAndIra-ny.


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