"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 31, 2003
The Sound of Silence

SethAndIra have nothing to say today, apparently, about the Israeli military chief of staff's rebuke of Sharon's reckless policies. I guess it would be kind of hard to classify the Israeli military leader as an Islamofascist, but I'm sure, given enough time to chew it over in their emaciated minds, SethAndIra will find a way...
Has the Sun fire sale begun? Was the annual fee for maintaining the www.newyorksun.com domain proving too pricey? (What is it, like a hundred bucks per year these days?) Or perhaps they’re just renting it out for a while, finally get a little cash coming in. . .

Thursday, October 30, 2003
New York Sun Founding Fallacy #2: It is not necessary for the opinions of a newspaper to have any foundation in fact, even if those facts are presented in the newspaper itself.

And thus, on the same day that Pia Catton runs a front-page People Magazine-quality report on how unfortunate it is that high-rolling New Yorkers who live in luxury hotels can't afford room service every night -- " 'I would only live in a hotel,' the elegant Ms. Evins said, dressed in dark brown leather pants and matching mules" -- we find the Sunnis attacking Mayor Bloomberg for protecting affordable housing.

"If New York had a natural [as opposed to its unholy, ungodly, natureless limited-rent-controlled] housing market, some tenants might be displaced, but it would be more efficient and better for the city as a whole. And in the not-so-long run, a greater supply of new housing would be built, bringing downward pressure on the price of rents."

Tell that to Ms. Evins, as you throw her out on the street in her matching mules.

Oh wait, you're not talking about those people, are you?...

"If the lucky few living at below-market rents there were forced to move, maybe they’d help improve neighborhoods in the outer boroughs, where market rents are more affordable. As it is, the special deals grandfather in a lucky few but leave other, less lucky New Yorkers chasing fewer units of housing than would otherwise be available at market rates."

I see, you're actually talking about those people....

I have seen New Yorkers do weird things, but I have never seen one "chase" housing. It's no contest. I like the use of the word "lucky." For those neocon dipshits nodding along, it brings up wonderful memories of the WSJ's "lucky duckies" meme, about how fortunate the very poor are to not pay taxes.

Meanwhile, on the terra terra terra front, they criticize Senator Clinton today. But in doing so they say this: "These columns have almost uniformly praised Mrs. Clinton on foreign policy."

Do they remember Last Fucking Friday when they published a touched-up photo that morphed Clinton's face with Fidel Castro's? Is that "praise"? Do they even read their own fucking idiotorials?

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
New York Sun Founding Fallacy #1: All publications, authors, editors, and organizations function -- and should function -- in the same intellectually bankrupt manner in which the Sun functions.

Continuing its lonely effort to perpetuate the Cold War, today the idioters take on the Balzan committee for its decision to award a history prize to noted historian Eric Hobsbawm. "We would have thought that it had long since been established that Mr. Hobsbawm was not any sort of historian but rather an apologist for Stalinism," SethAndIra declare, displaying their pathetic ignorance.

You can predict where the rest of this filth proceeds. No surprise here that SethAndIra take on the legacy of Hobsbawm without giving any evidence that they have ever read any of his historical work -- which is considered outstanding and ground-breaking by historians of all stripe.

But facts have never incovenienced the Sun. This is a paper built on character assassination, and as such there is nothing particularly important about what Hobsbawm may have written or accomplished so long as he falls afoul their many ideological litmus tests. (I should add that I have no sympathy for Hobsbawm's Stalinism, which is a sorry academic posture. But I have actually read his work, which gives me far more authority here than SethAndIra.)

It is odd that a paper founded by white collar criminals, supervised by a board consisting of a couple of war criminals, edited by an incompetent plagiarist, which publishes all manner of racists, bigots, and lechers, should take up character assassination as its primary means of conveying an argument. You would think they would take Hobsbawm up on the merits of his work -- but SethAndIra are too lazy and too stupid to be asked to do that.

In fact, by the rubric the Sun -- sorry little party organ that it is -- tries to set here, it effectively disqualifies itself from receiving any award of any kind.

"Mr. Hobsbawm slavish devotion to the ever-shifting line from Moscow disqualifies him from consideration as a historian," the Sun declares. Substitute "Hobsbawm" with "Lipsky," "Moscow" with "the White House," and "historian" with "journalist," and you have a true statement (as opposed to the Sunnis original, ridiculous statement).

Not that the Sun would ever receive any awards anyway.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Much like the Stray Cats, the Strokes, and Andrew WK, we had to go to England to get recognition. . .
Onward, Slaughter

"The Ramadan attacks against the Coalition Forces and the humanitarian organizations helping bring to life a Free Iraq are calling forth all kinds of comparisons with Vietnam." So claim The Editors in a Piece of Shit Editorial in The New York Sun today.

While somehow attempting to refute this Iraq-Vietnam synergy as they make it crystal-clear, SethAndIra torture their ideo-history (and the unfortunate reader) further in their ongoing efforts to promote genocide and to rehabilitate America's shameful police action.

"No one minimizes the death of even one soldier," they say, on their way to minimizing the deaths (and maimings) of thousands of American soldiers, then tens of thousands of American soldiers, then millions of Vietnamese civillians. "It’s a time to remember that there were, and still are, those who did not react to Tet and the other bloodlettings in Vietnam the way the communists wanted."

And what did the communisses want, Ira? A massive escalation, a genocidal bombing campaign, and eventual American withdrawl, humiliation, and defeat? I think that's what they got.

Oh, wait, no: "And there are those who reckon that even though America lost the Vietnam War on the home front it was but a battle in a larger war — the struggle for the future of Asia, for the Free World triumph in the Cold War."

Those who would claim we Lost the War on the Home Front are the same NeoConArtist Assholes who are Rapidly Losing Their Culture War on the Home Front thanks to the Credibility Gap and Sheer Incompetence of the Bushite Junta. (I would point out to any confused reader that we lost the Vietnam war on the war front.)

Do the Sunnis realize that the more they tread down this path, the more credence they give to those who use the "V" word (and I don't mean "victory") to describe our present qWagmire? Does mass death mean nothing to SethAndIra?

Then we get to the metaphysically absurd coda, which I will render here as an epic poem:
The victories of democracy in Asia
Ennoble all the sacrifice of by American GIs [WETS?]
And their allies in Vietnam
And vice versa.
The American victory in the Cold War
Could not have happened
Without Vietnam, in the view of many.
While Tet may have seemed
A stunning success
To some at the time,
It looks quite different
From the perspective of history.
So enemy planners lunging
For a Tetlike transformation of the struggle
May yet find that Americans have learned a thing
Or two in the last 35 years.

Or learned nothing at all.

Monday, October 27, 2003
Shhhh! Don’t tell SethAndIra! (Found via the always excellent Atrios.)
The Sunnis publish an idiotorial today called, "Getting Past Duranty," which only shows (if anything) that SethAndIra are hardly over the Duranty issue they have manufactured and manipulated.

On their way, they laud a "biography by Jean-Louis Panné of Boris Souvarine, an early defector from Boshevism." They became aware of this book because of an email from one Deborah Waroff, "an amateur historian."

What is "Boshevism"? Glad "an amateur historian" was able to find a couple of amateur newspapermen.

Later, the idioters declare:
Even if nothing is done, the tumult over Duranty, coming as it does so long after the events, is a humbling reminder for all newspapermen. We are at a time when one of the great tyrannies of the 20th century, the Baathist regime in Iraq, has only just been toppled. In its wake we have seen an executive of a pioneering network, CNN, confess his network failed to report what it knew of the Iraqi regime in hopes of saving the lives of some of the Iraqis who helped the network. We live in a time when other tyrannies, such as those in Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, and China, are bidding for our credulity. It is a period during which the Pulitzer board could do a great service by reminding us all of what a devastating impact can be wielded by the long reach of history.

This prose is so awful I doubt anyone can actually tell me what it means. I challenge you.

What is the Pulitzer committee to do with "journalists" like SethAndIra, who airbrush over the many criminal actions of the current American administration?

What the Pulitzer committee should do anyway -- ignore them completely. After all, it is quite a devastating impact that the long reach of history can wield against ... something...


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