"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, May 09, 2003
 
Getting unprecedented mileage per gallon of grievance and testostogrease, Handy Andy Sullivan helps drive SethAndIra's shitrag to ever higher heights of imbecility. Today Sullivan, compiler of the worst beachcomber column ever assembled, ascends Mount Bitchmore to berate some forgettable asshole who made up a bunch of stories for The New republic, the latrine paper on which Sullivan's non-fictional non-stories appeared. I hope Ira Stool, the visionary that brought us smartertimes, urges Sullivan to direct his fire at someone who actually matters, namely Judith Miller, the disgusting creep propagating hysteria and falsehood on the pages of the Times. Insofar as Ira and Andy's "kill 'em all" (as long as they're Arab) worldview is dependent on Miller's confections, I don't think we'll see that happen any time soon.
 
Sethandstool must be in awe of the "Street-Smart New Yorkers" they praise in today's lead editorial -- after all, why shouldn't they be? For a couple of panty-waisted shlemazles from Western Mass, it must be just like in the movies! Pollsters call your average tough-talking Queens garbage man and say "would you rather pay less taxes or more taxes?" And -- get this -- the Queens guy says "less taxes." Street smarts!

We could form policy out of this, which would be called "pandering," and which would leave the city broken. Or someone could run an overlong exercise in budgetary ignorance, call it "Closing the Gap," make up "savings" out of thin air, and use this to claim the mantle of budgetary progress. Of course, taking this course of action could lead to accusations of an overly fellatious position to the money donors who are foolishly backing said effort in editorial masturbation.

Or one could do the politically unpopular thing, raise taxes on the portly, and try to save the damn city from a fiscal crisis, in which the only easy answers seem to come from a couple of limpdicks from the Berkshires. I think "Street-Smart New Yorkers" might have a different take -- suck it up, you pussies. Or be like that Staten Island family you find so amusing and get the fuck out of town.

Thursday, May 08, 2003
 
Today's front page is all about the high cost of living in NYC. The sad tale of a Staten Island family, the Currys, selling their house and moving to New Jersey's lower property taxes is recounted by Staff Reporter, although sadly no one thought to get Alicia Colon's take on the matter. This story sits next to one playing up the benefits of living in wondrous Greenwich, Connecticut! Why don't the Currys move there? Maybe Greenwich town clerk Carmella Budkin has the answer: "We don't all have million-dollar houses," Ms. Budkin tells Lauren Mechling, "some cost $300,000 or $400,000." Perhaps the Currys can't afford those kinds of prices on Mr. Curry's salary as a. . . well, Staff Reporter didn't tell us what Mr. Curry does, although he/she did poignantly mention that Mr. Curry would be closing his office when he moves. Oh, did I say he/she? I meant Benj. [suc] Smith, identified as Staff Reporter in a related editorial. Sorry, dude, SethAndIra ratted you out.

Meanwhile, Grady's prediction of yesterday (re:Ira freaking out) came true. Today the Sun rushed to the defense of its beloved school vouchers in an editorial, quicker than William Bennett heading for the slots on the Alton Belle.
 
Dick! Dick!

Sethandira love Dicks!

Wednesday, May 07, 2003
 
Ira Stool (thanks, Quentin, I'm recommending you for a raise), his colossal and wholly undeserved vanity getting operating unchecked, was probably thundering up and down the floors of the Sun's spewsroom that Howell Raines commissioned this piece just to spite him.
 
Far be it from us to criticize Ira Stoll, but man does that boy love to see his name in print. Today the Sun leads with "news" that a bunch of guys from the American Enterprise Institute don't like Iran. Sprinkling his tortured prose with what is basically a summary of a "report" by something called the "Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies," Stool shocks us with the possibility that Iran supports terrorism. Some other "Information Center" around Foggy Bottom has been saying that for about 25 years, but Colin Powell is French-looking, right?

"No one serious is talking about an American invasion of Iran like the one of Iraq," writes fuckface. Well, then, I guess we will be waiting for the Sun to editorialize on the invasion of Iran very soon. As we have learned from history, if there's one sure way to get Iranians to love America, it's to overthrow their government.
 
Hey, Seth, Ira, Lummox Taranto, you all might want to have a go at this when banging out another of those great "Our Friends the [insert name of any country questioning Resident Bush's murderous war here]" zingers for Best of the Web. Here are some filthy Frenchmen showing the only kind of simpatico you folks like: the barbarously violent kind that stifles dissent. I'm sure ole' Sticky Fingers Jim is particularly touched by this Gallic gesture of camaraderie.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003
 
The editorial desk of the Sun is so ideologically handicapped that they just don't know how to think like normal people. Take today's editorial condemning the city's efforts to bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars worth of business with a deal to open up new offices for Pfizer in the city. One would think that the combination of a tax break and actual "pro-growth"* policy would have the ed board cheering. Nonsense.

Sethandira disparage the boost to New York's economy in an idiotorial called "Pfizer Follies" (Ha!), wondering "why should the politicians be doling [tax breaks] out to some companies at a time when they are sticking the rest of us ordinary folks with tax increases?" A fair point, if you're a moron. New York's new tax increases will only marginally touch on "us ordinary folks" (are they "semi-intelligent" folks?), though they will rightly stick it to the Michael Steinhardts of New York. Funny, I guess "pro-growth" only applies to tax plans that physically grow Steinhardt's waist. Or, you know, the rest of the guys who print this shit.

So they're pro-business, pro-tax cut, pro-growth. Except when any of that means actual jobs for actual New Yorkers. If Ira Stoll read this in the Times, he would waste hours of his staff's time trying to find out how the newspaper's financial backers are going to lose out if Pfizer moves into the city. Is someone on the board of poor Hollinger International going to lose money in all of this? Sounds like reason enough for Sethandira to whore for the investors.

*"Pro-growth" is supply-siderese for "loads of money for Halliburton."
 
Good Morning. It's not often that Brad Olson and I exhort our readers to any action other than to cancel their subscriptions to the Sun, so we think the very infrequency of our calls to action is reason enough to heed them. Today we entreat the LFLS die-hards to sign this petition opposing the loony nomination of Daniel Pipes to the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace. Pipes is, of course, a favorite of Colt Cadillac and his heavy friend.

Monday, May 05, 2003
 
CONGRATULATIONS to Ira Stoll, who this weekend became recipient of the first annual Young Alumnus Recognition Award from his alma mater. No, no, not Harvard, but the Worcester Academy, which would appear to suffer from a paucity of outstanding or even marginal young alums. As the Academy puts it:

Ira &endash; [sic] whose story has been featured in The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, as well as The New York Times &endash; [sic] began his career in journalism while at Worcester Academy, where, as editor of The Vigornia [sic?], he wrote a column dissecting various aspects of school life.

The above indicates that young Master &endash; learned everything he knows about editing from dear old Worcester.

 

 
   
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