"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 16, 2003
 
Yesterday, Ahmad Chalabi’s daughter was somehow able to get an opinion piece into the Sun. I am looking forward to future editorials from the spawn of Sun heroes. Imagine. . . Jenna Bush on drug policy. . . Jebby Bush on morality. . . Barbie Bush on what it’s like being uglier than your only slightly better-looking sister, let alone your really hot cousin whose dad is a crook. . . Rachel Kovner on anything. . .

Speaking of the $$ behind the Sun, Dina Temple-Ralston offers today a puff piece on hedge funds. Quoth Dina, “there is genuine worry about whether [hedge funds] could sustain the costs of heightened regulation.” Genuine worry from whom?
 
The multi-pronged Schlock and Bore campaign against the disreputable Raines Times continues, with whiny Sun alumnus Seth "Zwanzig" Mnookin dispensing nine-hundred words of his customary smarm for his hapless Newsweek customers, and Andrew Sullivan exercising his rawmuslglutes and sense of outrage for the Sunnis. Ira Stool, visionary founder of smartertimes, must be feeling damn good, the pseudo-scandal combining his two favorite activities - wagging fingers at the big boys to whom Stoll is decidedly sub-recognition, and kicking men when they're down - in equal measure.

Sullivan nowhere mentions his championing of New Republic hallucinatrix/plagiarist Ruth Shalit when he edited the anti-Arab shitrag.

But that's not really the point. The Mnookins and Sullivans engaged in the Blair Witch Hunt are chiefly doing so in a bid for self-legitimation. Just like the Dan Dorfmans told us that Enron et al were company-specific failures which in no way suggested any tendency toward waste and instability in the capitalist system, the Sullivaniacs tell us that if we could just purge ourselves of the bad apples harvested by Howell Raines, all would be well.

Meanwhile, the disgraceful Judith Miller continues to operate without sanction by SethAndIra and the allied mujahadeen fighting the good fight against the Times. As Miller's sloppy and ideologically-interested "reportage" informs The War Against Terror (TWAT) and goads the Bushites into those anti-Arab/anti-Islam exercises in which Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll delight, this surprises us little.

So Blair invents some dialogue and attributes it to a source. Bid deal. Bush invents a hyper-organized, omni-competent Islamic global conspiracy and attributes its worst misdeeds to Saddam Hussein. You won't see SethAndIra prosecuting a jihad against the bigger transgressor though.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003
 
Seth and/or Ira today place the "Saudis on the Spot," working themselves into such a lather that one suspects the only acceptable resolution to a terror attack on Saudi soil would be for the Saudis to bomb themselves until their eastern oilfields come loose. Actually, that's pretty much the prescription they deliver in their special editorial.

If the same slippery Stolleaginous petrochemical-and-death-seeking logic that impelled the Sun to cite the non-Iraqi attack on the World Trade Center as a valid reason to attack Iraq, then we can expect SethAndIra to cite the Saudi car bombings as a reason to effect regime change in Venezuela or Cuba.

Also in today's Sun: a picture of Leelai Demoze in his Dr. Evil costume and a rant on journalistic honesty by noted ethicist Bob Tyrrell (coming one day after obese plagiarist Mark Steyn appeared on the same page).

Tuesday, May 13, 2003
 
Showing their deep and sophisticated knowledge of New York City politics, Sethandstool send poor Tim Starks out on a snipe hunt to try to dig up a story about someone who might run to the right of Mike Bloomberg. Now, we all know that Bloomberg is not a real Republican, but still, even folks from the Berkshires should know that running a "tax revolt" campaign would be plain stupid in the Big Apple. Of course, "plain stupid" is an actual intellectual standard, which makes it very difficult for the editorial dolts at the Sun to achieve.

Oops, looks like tax warrior Pataki's ratings are in the dumps too. How long before the pretender in chief follows? Ira, it's going to be a long summer.

Monday, May 12, 2003
 
Facts piss Ira off.

McMahon, you traitor.
 
Today the Sun happily leaps onto the Jayson Blair dog pile (or is it, to some extent, a different kind of pile?), as should be expected. SethAndIra, who will take any chance they get to attack the Times, fire off their own Blair Bitch Project by stating that if the Times "wants to call this sort of stuff a low point in its history, it's kidding itself and its readers." How so? Well, a "Communist Russia" based Times correspondent in the 1930s said there was no famine in Russia! But there was! And in the 1950s, "the Times' man at Havana, Herbert Matthews," (shouldn't that be Communist Havana, Ira? And wasn't Matthews a member of the Times' editorial board at that time, rather than a correspondent? And don't you feel stupid when you are always writing somebody was "at" someplace?), wrote that Castro's regime was "free, honest, and democratic"! Even though it wasn't! Plus, "The Times continued this tradition this weekend, running on Saturday a blatantly deceptive piece by the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations"! Now, you might feel compelled to point out that there seems to be a difference between articles written by Times employees, and an op-ed by an outside party. But you would be wrong; you are obviously accustomed to reading papers in which editorial opinion is separate from the news reporting. The Sun does not operate that way.

Sunday, May 11, 2003
 
So will the shitheads report on this, following their "news"-free weekend? I doubt it. Might make Grover "Allah Is My Light" Norquist angry, which will really hurt Adam Daifallah's chances of scoring with Ann Coulter.

Suffice it to say that those who were gutsy enough to take on the Bush Machine (and branded traitors by the chickenshit Stool) knew all along that this was all pretext for an imperial grab. Now that Bush has officially lied about his position on nation-building, it will be interesting to see if his shake-up of the American Middle East Company has any better effect than the shake-up of his "economics" team had on the miserable economy. But these concerns need not penetrate Sethandiranistan -- they can continue supporting terrorism by arguing for more government handouts to the rich.

 

 
   
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