"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, October 17, 2003
 
"Mr. Bush is famous for his lack of diplomatic refinement," the idioters claim today, on their way to agitating for an American war against "Red" [pathetic] China. I will not let you speak that way, sirs, about the president of the United States of America, sirs!

I don't know, SethAndIra, should China come before Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, the Democrats, the Ford Foundation, Jimmy Carter, "the Arabs," taxes, Seymour Hersh, our NATO allies, cheese-making nations, chocolate-making nations, hummus-making nations, the attorney general of the state of New York, the poor, the working class, public schools, public school teachers, the State Department, the CIA, the Nobel Prize committee, the United Nations, anti-war demonstrators, journalists who believe in "responsibility," free-thinkers, free-soilers, free-lovers, communists, democratic socialists, environmentalists, scientists, abolitionists, Oliver Stone, the Boston Red Sox, the Swedes, African-Americans, the New York Times, or -- what the hell? -- Paraguay?

Or should we wait until after we have waged all the wars you seek to declare in your shitty little rag?

I noticed when China launched its spacecraft you declined to specify whether it was "Red" China or regular China. This confused me, and I found it very irresponsible. Fortunately, Seth Lipsky will not be worried about "responsibility."

Thursday, October 16, 2003
 
On Shamelessness
It’s a nightmare. The impossible has happened. As my daughter, Danielle, and I pull up in front of my house, my other daughter, Dana, is standing at the door saying, “The ferry’s crashed. Fifteen people are dead.”

I rush into the house and watch the news. People are missing and being pulled out of the water with limbs missing.This can’t be happening.

I start taking inventory of my loved ones and find that my son Evan is not home. When I call his cell phone, I get his voicemail. Uh-oh.


--- Alicia Colon, New York Sun, page 1, October 16, 2003

"I don't believe in journalists having 'responsibility.'"

--- Seth Lipsky, Yale Daily New, October 16, 2003

When the Staten Island Ferry crashed yesterday, leaving a city shaken and many dead, one might have wondered how long it would take the Sunnis to spin the tragedy for (imagined) political gain.

Not long at all. From today's idiotorial, "Death on the Ferry":

"But today is not too early to begin asking some of the questions that arise after such an event. Could stricter screening procedures for ferry captains — drug or alcohol testing, psychological or other medical screening — have prevented yesterday’s crash? Do privately run ferry systems, like Arthur Imperatore’s New York Waterway, have better safety records than the Staten Island Ferry, which is run by the New York City Department of Transportation?"

Yes, SethAndIra, the captain was a terrorist and it should all be privatized. You disgust me.

Alicia Colon, why do you write for these people?
 
Ira Stool steps up his journalistic crime spree, today committing one of his most outrageous offenses against the craft. In his trademark Stool pidgin, Ira tells us that the CIA is actively working to prevent the discovery of WMDs - the figleaf which the Bushite junta hoped to mask its illegal war with - in Iraq. He knows because Michael Ledeen tells him so.

The backstory to this pseudo-story is as follows. Ledeen and his civilian buddies at the Pentagon want desperately to deploy the U.S. armed forces against Iran (their euphemism for this is "regime change"). In a mad search for anything - anything at all - which could justify this enterprise, Ledeen began talks with the Iranian equivalent of Ahmad Chalabi, Manucher Ghorbanifar, a Terror Master who helped supply the Iranian theocracy with arms and who got Washington the money to finance the Contra assault on the legitimate government of Nicaragua and its people. When Knut Royce and Timothy Phelps reported this in Newsday back in August, Ledeen went ape shit. He has since been asking - repeatedly and intemperately - why the (dis)information being peddled by his discredited ass has come to naught.

Uhm, maybe because it's not true?

What's truly shocking is that Ledeen says as much elsewhere. Note the following from this piece in today's Newsday, also authored by Knut Royce:
The Baghdad meeting with Ghorbanifar's associate didn't fare much better. The officer, according to an intelligence source, "gave this guy a series of test questions. He flunked them all. Then he [the officer] said, 'Give us a little sample to verify the story.' The informant absolutely refused and walked out."

...


"How many hundreds of false leads have they run into in Iraq now?" Ledeen asked. "Maybe this is one more," he acknowledged.
Ledeen obviously need not worry about his conflicting statements. As nobody reads the Sun - Ira's disjointed crapola, especially - the conflict will escape detection.

The greatest shame in all this is that by placing Stool's SpEditorial-masquerdaing-as-news at page one, Seth Shlaes bumps some of the excellent reportage on the Staten Island Ferry accident turned in by Ira's plainly superior subordinates. The SethAndIra conspiracy against competence is real, Lady Fingers Mauldin and Julia Levy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
 
Our readers are a bright lot, and enjoy pointing out the idiocies of the Sun as much as we do. One member of the faithful points out that in an idiotorial today SethAndIra, opining on some charter school bullshit (no, really, they finally did an idiotorial on charter schools!), wrote, “It would be nice to think that no such a foulup could happen in New York.” Dear Reader writes, “Check out the ‘no such a foulup’ line on the Sun's editorial page today. For one, it's in a piece about education, and "foulup" is fouled up, owing to the fact that it's "foul-up," not foulup, at least in the dictionaries I have handy. For another, I'm not sure about the grammatical purity of ‘no such a.’ It's borderline, at best.” I’m with you, DR; and NOTHING about the Sun is pure.

By the way, here is the opening sentence of said idiotorial, titled, “A Better Idea,” as presented “at” the online edition of the Sun:

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nosesgovernor upturned attheir noses up at a $200 million gift offered to the public school system by philanthropist Robert Thompson.

This sort of thing happens on a regular basis. Maybe Lord Black and his co-conspirators could cut the Sun a check towards hiring a professional website editor. There are probably a few of them looking for work here in George Bush’s “economic recovery.”
 
Did you ever wonder why the wacky SethAndIraqi Sun reads more like a press release or a none-too-compelling advertisement for a phenomenally bad product than a proper newspaper? Maybe it's got something to do with staffing?

Mr. Magill, you have our condolences. May your reverses be temporary.
 
I think I've found a new pen pal for Ira. They seem to have a lot in common: both are young men who are utterly detested in their respective cities.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003
 
Taxes and Terror, All Day Long

Today the idiotorial column rages against Senator Jos. Lieberman for his calls for a fairer tax system. Read:
Mr. Lieberman is proposing to slap a 5% surtax on all married couples with adjusted gross incomes above $250,000 and higher and “the equivalent income level” for single filers. In the Bush plan, tax rates for married couples max out at 35% for couples making more than $311,950. The Lieberman plan hits married couples making more than $150,000 with a whopping 39.6% rate before the 5% surtax kicks in.

Now comes a crucial question -- are the idioters just stupid, or are the trying to pull a fast one on us?

They say, "Mr. Lieberman is proposing to slap a 5% surtax on all married couples with adjusted gross incomes above $250,000 and higher" (I would think "above" would preclude the use of "and higher"). But then they say the "Lieberman plan hits married couples making more than $150,000 with a whopping 39.6% rate before the 5% surtax kicks in."

Whopping! Which is it? $250,000? $150,000? My guess is it is $250,000 and the paper is, as usual, unedited. But it may be that the SethAndIranians are trying to fool us by using the lower $150,000 number. $150,000! That could be me!

The "SethAndIra are SethAndLying" argument gains momentum when you look at the next paragraph:
Mr. Lieberman’s Web site complains that, “The 2003 Bush tax cut gives an average tax cut of $100,000 to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans — 36 percent of the total benefits.” This is rather unremarkable, however, seeing as how the top 1% of taxpayers paid 36.2% of the income tax burden in 1999, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Three lies:

1. Use the income tax numbers instead of total taxes, as of course payroll taxes disproportionately fall on the poor and working classes.

2. Use 1999, the Clinton tax code, instead of Bush's "Free Money for Those Who Don't Need It" national layaway plan.

3. Pretend that massive tax cuts, coupled with record deficits, is a proven strategy for economic growth. It isn't even close.

Perhaps they could ask Lord Black of Crossharbour about deficits... Does the New York Sun deathwatch begin?

Monday, October 13, 2003
 
A dear reader points me to a Daily News report that Ben Smith and Rachel Donadio have left the Sun in favor of the New York Observer (for better salaries, no less). I know my good colleagues like to rib Donadio over her search for the perfect couch, but we can all put that behind us now. Ben and Rachel, you were far too talented for the Sun. Just look at it this way: You can now work for a newspaper that publishes Joe Conason as opposed to, say, Mark Steyn.

Lesson to Sun staffers: do your work well, stand up for yourself, and you too could find a job at a real newspaper. And, one day, find that perfect couch.
 
The Sun evidently feels little need to try to disguise its GOP press releases as "news" stories anymore. Not that they did such a good job of it to begin with.

Today, Luiza Ch. Savage (!) and Alyssa Watzman, who have apparently taken over for the sorely-missed former Washington bureau all-stars, have a front page article entitled, "Halliburton’s $7B ‘No-Bid Contract’ WHAT THE DEMOCRATS OMIT." You can read their garbage if you like, suffice it to say that at no point do they dispell nor in any way disprove that Halliburton has a $7 billion contract that they did not have to submit bids for.

Interesting, you know, the Sun gets so hopping mad at what it refers to as "the education monopoly" in New York City, a city the Sunnis know little or nothing about, but they are completely unbothered to the point of bliss by the lack of competition for huge contracts in Iraq, a country they know absolutely nothing about.

On the idiotorial page, it is endearing to see how excited SethAndIra are about the new Iraqi currency. Much better to focus on that than, say, all the bombs exploding and people dying and the Shiites claiming to have formed their own government.

Interestingly enough, nowhere in today's Sun do the idioters find it newsworthy to mention that the Nobel Peace Prize was given to Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian activist.

I have two possible explanations for this:

1. Because she is a Muslim
2. Because she is a Muslim

And Muslims and peace, as SethAndIra know, just don't go together.
 
A huge LFLS congratulations to Benj. Smith and Rachel P. Donadio upon their parole from the hell that is the New York Sun. This should be a glimmer of hope to all those who toil in SethAndIra’s disinformation mines. Our only lingering question: will Rachel be allowed to bring her couch to the Observer? And what if it clashes with the trademark Observer Orange?

 

 
   
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