"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, November 21, 2003
And even more sloth, right on the front page. It proclaims, "Killers Who Struck in Turkey Linked to Iran." And if you read that, you might expect the AP story covering the bombing to say something -- anything -- about Iran.

If you expected this, today was obviously the first time you picked up the New York Sun.

As usual, the Iran "link" is a loosely argued string of innuendo "reported" by Eli Lake and based on interviews with a couple of right-wing nuthouses. You have to read a long way to find this:
“While it is true that Iran has provided funding for the Turkish Hezbollah in the past, there is no conclusive evidence that Iran is the sponsor of these acts at this point,” a fellow at the Western Policy Center and an expert Islamic movements in Turkey, Asla Aydintasbas, told the Sun.

Heh. "Evidence."
More sloth at the Sun: Dithering Dorfman goes the extra mile and secures an audience with Sun backing swindler Fat Mike Steinhardt in today's issue. Elsewhere, Stoolie furthers our suspicion that he's cribbing from the Gotham Gazette while Anna S&M invents a 'trend' and trolls for sources (and gets called on it).

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
So when Hollinger board member Richard Perle is not selling off seats on the Defense Policy Board, he is in England admitting that Ira's War was illegal.

Maybe he'll be getting more than one subpoena.

Still waiting for SethAndIra to lash out, play the good lap dogs, and claim all this Conrad Black business is just the work of a bunch of "corporate governance terrorists."

Oh, update... looks like Black is out effective immediately, "on advice of counsel."

Sweet mercy, this is so fucking delicious.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
The New Yorker has reposted a hilarious two-year-old profile of Lord Black of Crosslarder. Here is my favorite part:

"Perhaps the best known of Black’s combat quotes is about journalists: 'My experience with journalists authorizes me to record that a very large number of them are ignorant, lazy, opinionated, intellectually dishonest and inadequately supervised.' "

Hence, the New York Sun.
Stories of this type, as regular readers of the present site know, run with ominous frequency these days. We can only hope that the Sun outlasts the scandal occasioned by the disclosure of Lord Blackguard's fraud. After all, on the paper's (inevitable) passing, a postmortem would properly chalk its death up to SethAndIra's incompetence, not collateral damage resulting from Uncle Blackie's criminality. Think about it: two "men" - given millions and freed from market forces - have proven themselves singularly unfit to the task of producing a paper of interest to any-fucking-body. The real collateral damage here will be suffered by the Sun's young staffers, who will find themselves cashiered once Bruce Kovner and Michael Steinhardt shutter the enterprise after finally tiring of having their names further sullied by the paper's editors.

Monday, November 17, 2003
And the band played on?

Good times.
Press baron Conrad Black is stepping down as chief executive of publisher Hollinger International after the discovery of $US32 million in unauthorised payments to him and other top executives.

Add him to the list of thugs and crooks backing the Sun.


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