"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, June 06, 2003
 
Today the Sun runs a review of 2 Fast 2 Furious written by 1 Will Leitch. I am not as familiar with Mr. Leitch’s oeuvre as my colleague Mr. Olivier is, but I must note Mr. Leitch’s vibrant writing. He pens, “Along for the ride is rapper Ludicris, who is billed here by his real name, Craig Bridges, which might be the only name whiter than [that of co-star] Paul Walker.” I don’t feel the need to comment on the perceived ethnicity of the given names of others (despite my Scandinavian last name, I am part Irish). However, Mr. Leitch, I feel the need to point out that Mr. Bridges’ first name is Chris, not Craig.

Which is why he isn’t called Ludicraig.
 

"Mommy, I did it all by myself!"

Professor Powerglutes gloats over the departure of Howell Raines from the Times today, not that he'll ever be regarded at that paper - or any paper other than the Sun - as anything but a know-nothing whinger. And he also seems to conceive of himself as some sort of testostogreased David who felled a Goliath. Just as Rick Bragg stole others' reporting as his own, Andrew Sullivan, a thief worthy of the Chalabi clan, appropriates Macarena Hernandez's role in chasing douche bag Raines from the Times.

To buttress his laughable claim and to insert himself into a story where he was decidedly not a player, Sullivan cites a year's worth of monomaniacal focus on supposed Times errors that, nutty stalker he is, he minutely detailed via his online vanity press. Yet any Sullivanian-conversant reader can see that Sullivan either blew nearly each and all of these 'scandals' out of proportion, or, worse, he was completely ignorant of what it was he was talking about. Worse yet, these were subjects on which any numerate high school grad could apprehend. Watch as scientist Sullivan bays and Howells over an alleged exaggeration of Alaskan temperature increases by the good-for-nothing tree-hugging Times staffers.

Then read this.
 
Emmett Tyrrell, New York Sun, June 4, 2003: “The standardized stories about American soldiers being pinned down in the Iraqi desert and slaughtered in the streets of Baghdad did not appear in the Sun, and I have yet to see a Sun journalist file the standardized stories about Iraqis hating our rude soldiers.”

Lourdes Navarro, New York Sun, June 6, 2003: “American forces locked down a neighborhood for a house-to-house search yesterday, targeting attackers who killed one American soldier and wounded five others in the latest eruption of anti-occupation violence.”

I thought I had Em here, but I suppose that Navarro’s story doesn’t really make Em wrong. After all, the soldier was slaughtered in Fallujah, not Baghdad, and only one was slaughtered, the others being only seriously maimed. And, while it was indeed Iraqis who attacked our soldiers, the story doesn’t make clear whether the attackers actually hated the soldiers, or were instead acting out of pique. And finally, Ms. Navarro’s story is from the Associated Press, so technically she isn’t a Sun journalist (further evidence? She is actually in Iraq.). But it DID appear in the Sun, Emmy, so I reckon I got you there, and I therefore win the argument! You owe me $6000.

Thursday, June 05, 2003
 
TEN YEARS, TWO WEEKS, AND WHAT, ABOUT THREE DAYS AGO? IN USA TODAY

From a May 19, 1993, USA Today article on The Harvard Lampoon: “Not everyone's laughing. ‘The Castle [where the Lampoon is headquartered] is a cool building, they have money, and seem to have a good time,’ says Ira Stoll, president of the daily Harvard Crimson, and recent subject of a parody that “quoted” his mother’s outrage at her son buying condoms. ‘On the other hand, their image is also that of a bunch of white guys hanging out a lot, drinking, having loud parties, and putting out an intermittently funny magazine when they can get their s--- together.’” (As opposed to being known for an intermittently professional "newspaper.")

So does anyone know where we could get a copy of the aforementioned Lampoon article? Because we would REALLY like to get that.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003
 
Emulating Chloe Sevigny at the exciting climax of The Brown Bunny, R. (for Rabbit) Enema Tyrrell gets down on his knees and fellates both Mountain Man Adam Daifallah and Man Mountain Mark Steyn “at” the dramatic conclusion of today’s column, in a double-header worthy of Little Oral Annie in her prime. See, when other papers (you know, the big, established, reputable ones) send their reporters to Baghdad they report that the Iraqi people are getting pissed at the American occupation.

Let’s let Em describe the efforts of other papers for himself: “Iraqis are usually [described as] friendly and malleable [huh?] toward our big bruising [Em, you dawg!] troopers when they kick in the Iraqis’ front doors, but when the Yanks shamble on to the next inviting door, the thitherto [I guess Em was trying to say scissor-to?] friendly Iraqis fulminate against them. . .”

Em then states (after an odd, out of place digression on “where is Saddam” stories) that the above-styled “standardized stories about American soldiers being pinned down in the Iraqi desert and slaughtered in the streets of Baghdad” did not appear in the Sun, and that he has “yet to see a Sun journalist file the standardized stories [Em does love his alliteration] about Iraqis hating our rude soldiers.” I thought that maybe this was because the Sun’s big bruising “reporters” avoided actually being in the desert while our troops actually were being pinned down (American troops actually did die in this folly, you stupid bitch), but it turns out that it’s all the fault of the “production line” of American journalism schools. See, Daifallah and Plagiarist Stain are Canadians, Em reports, and thus are apparently untainted by such American journalistic contaminants as experience at actual, real, professionally edited newspapers. For Em, the fact that these two incompetents haven’t reported anti-American incidents from their gritty frontline assignments standing within 2 feet of Pirate Chalabi indicates that no such thing is occurring. The voluminous reports from other sources to the contrary are simply due to reporters describing what they saw, rather than what SethandIra told them to write.

These two outstanding examples of Canuck manhood, Em would apparently have us believe, are the template for reportorial success, which leads me to ask: why does Emmett Tyrrell hate America so much?

Tuesday, June 03, 2003
 

Male Model for Hire

What is it about the New York Sun's editors that compels them to support the least fit man for a position without fail? First Seth Lipsky, following Caligula, appoints Ira Stoll as his proconsul. Then the pair shills on behalf of convicted thief Ahmad Chalabi. Now, two months late to the party, the paper that covers New York like a blanket comes to tell the tale of Michael Bonheur Benjamin, a wannabe Senator gunning for Chuck Schumer's seat. His opposition is about as credible as the SethAndIranian threat to the New York Times.

Timothy Starks - the poor unfortunate who must have drawn Ira's short straw at the assignment desk, finding himself writing about this imbecile - identifies Benjamin as "a Wall Street trader by day, although he has taken a break from it for a few months to raise money, tour New York, and meet power players." Benjamin, since May 2002, has been taking a break from Heartland Securities, a scandal-prone outfit headquartered in Edison, New Jersey. The company was found numerous times to have engaged in fraud, paying civil penalties of up to $7 million. These fines eventually contributed to the company's financial ruin; it languishes in a New York bankruptcy court. The company already had a history of regulatory spankings rivaling Sun backer Michael Steinhardt's when Benjamin joined. One wonders then why Benjamin would turn his back on the promising career of a "free-lance fashion model" (as NASD records said he was engaged in the late 1980s and early 1990s) to board a sinking ship.

Brad Olson, Quentin Robinson, and I surely would not want someone with so ponderously poor judgment representing us, and we cannot figure out why SethAndIra see fit to pollute the city's newsstands with this sub-recognition nitwit.

 

 
   
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