"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, December 19, 2003
 
Disclosure

It's not just a movie. The Sun has been having serious disclosure problems lately. Today SethAndIra run an AP story on Alliance Capital that never once mentions the fact that the company's vice-chairman, Roger Hertog, is a Sun investor. Incidentally, the AP piece just happens to be critical of closet Al Qaeda Eliot Spitzer's role in the Alliance settlement. (For perspective, consider the way SethAndIra went apeshit when the New York Times mused that a Boston Red Sox World Series berth would be nice for baseball -- without mentioning their parent company partly owns the Sox.)

Now, one may say, "Hey, Q-Pac, why would the Sun insert disclosure language into a wire story? Why not leave it alone?" To which Q-Pac would reply, "The Sun never hesitates to abuse wire copy when it suits its purposes."

Along related lines, the Sun today uses up most of page 12 running a gushing ad for Convict Black's new book. You know, the one he used shareholder money to buy research material to write. Now, reviews of the book are quite good, but since the Sun no longer feels the need to disclose that corrupt corporate entity Hollinger is an investor in the Sun, the question arises -- did Conrad pay for the ad? Hmm...

Thursday, December 18, 2003
 
Tina Brown gets herself all wet over flyboy Shrub in today's Sun. Well, actually, it was in today's Washington Post. The Sun shortens her masterwerk, but adds an inane paragraph beginning "The problem for the Democrats is that the Bush administration has cornered the masculinity market."

Wherever did she get that idea? Did the Sun know when they signed Tina on that they were getting Maureen Dowd, only behind the curve and without the sense of humor?

Elsewhere, the Sun continues to hold the line on its objectively pro-lead poisoning stance. "Since the 1970s, lead paint, and other industrial uses of lead, have been under assault by activists who claim that lead exposure is an epidemic threat to our nation’s children," SethAndIra scold developmentally-disabled youngsters.

"While high levels of lead exposure can harm humans, there is little scientific basis for the assertion that low levels of lead exposure being enforced in New York impair children’s mental development." That would be a fine statement, if it weren't for all that pesky science. The mental development of Ira Stoll should be proof enough of the dangers of environmental exposure.
 
Roger Hertog's company pays out $600 million to stave off an investigation into fraudulent practices of which Hertog himself was aware.

Add one to the Swindler's List of criminals taking refuge in the failed state of SethAndIranistan.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003
 
The Sun Blotter

Hey, while we're on the subject of the Sun's crooked enablers, there's more news than just the travails of Lord Black.

Roger Hertog, vice-chairman of Alliance Capital, was apparently aware that Alliance was engaging in shady late trading, as being investigated by "corporate governance terrorist" and the man responsible for Blackout 2003, Eliot Spitzer.

And Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, the firm at which Sun backer Andrew Cader was co-CEO (at least until very recently, as far as I can tell) is being sued by the California pension fund for their looting.

But, I mean, hey, these are just the times we live in. Theft is hot.
 
Orly Halpern, how did you sneak an engaging piece past SethAndIra? The subject of Halpern's report is Badie Arief Izzat, an Iraqi lawyer currently expected by some to represent Saddam Hussein when the deposed dictator is tried. Izzat discusses inevitable charges by the prosecution:
"They will accuse Saddam of mass executions and war crimes against Iran and Kuwait as well as crimes against humanity against Shiites in the South and Kurds in the north," the lawyer said.

"I will tell them that Halabja was an Iraqi village occupied by Iranian forces and ask if Russia occupied U.S. land would the Americans not use their heaviest weapons?" said Mr. Izzat giving a sample of his defense case. "When they ask about innocent people killed, I will be able to reply that everyone knows about collateral damage - the Americans most of all."

Regarding the Shiites killed in the south of the country in 1991 during their attempted uprising, Mr. Izzat explained that it is justifiable to put down foreign-backed uprisings in one's own country.

"I will argue that these actions constitute the defense of Iraq by Saddam Hussein from division and revolution in the country," he said.

Still, he has doubts Saddam will be given a fair trial. "If Saddam speaks he will reveal secrets about the American government as well as about other foreign regimes which wouldn't be good for them," Mr. Izzat said.
Stoolie probably let this pass with a dismissive snort, contemptuous as he is of "the Arabs." But Izzat's points stand. In fact, they are rather understated.

The justice the Bushites swore to provide Iraq would necessitate not only a rigorous accounting of Saddam's misdeeds - chronicled way back when by thoughtful leftists like Chomsky while The Professional Friends of Freedom were somewhat less concerned - but a determined inquiry to establish his aides, abettors, and apologists.

Further, Western-style rights, the Bushites tell us, are soon-to-be available to the long-suffering people of Iraq. This presumably includes a right to due process. Given then that no less than Crybaby Lil' Dick Perle has declared the war against Iraq illegal, the war party will solemnly consider the habeas corpus petition Hussein could credibly submit in opposition to his (again) illegal capture and detention.
 
Ahem, Lord Cuntybollox of Graverobber, your problems seem to be multiplying.

Enter UTIMCO plunderer/Bush facilitator Thomas Hicks to pony up some cash and hopefully disappear some records.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003
 
Calamity Shlaes rejoins the conga line of nimrods that is the Sun's editorial page. The recent war against Iraq and capture of its deposed leader, Shlaes avers, is fantabulous for two reasons. First, unlike the demonstrated willingness on the part of the US to use nuclear weapons, stumble into long and costly wars on false pretenses and flawed premises, and to impose sanctions regimes which kill incalculable numbers, this weekend's dragging of Saddam from a hole in the ground will prove to all that America is not "reluctant to exercise its full power." Every WMD-developing piece of shit everywhere no doubt trembles.

Second:
Saddam's capture could vastly improve the authority of Iraq's transitional leaders and the cause of democracy. It will also likely yield the sort of superior intelligence that will help authorities catch the gangs who are making Iraq into a Lebanon.
Ah, so it will cow the Iraqis into accepting the unpopular, unknown, and illegitimate group of expats chosen for them from without. Advancing the cause of democracy, indeed. And as to that "superior intelligence," I must note that I find it curious that - after being assured of stockpiled WMDs, imminent threats, al Qaeda collaboration, and extensive sponsorship of further terrorism - the war party thinks that absent any proof of all their promises, people will accept the $87 billion/319 servicemen cost for what amounts to a sit down with Saddam. Neil Williamson shakes his head in disgust at the reckless expenditure of blood and taxpayer money in what now stands as the most inefficient and poorly thought out piece of sheriffing ever undertaken.
 
I found "Write Like Nedra Pickler Day" to be a rather amusing exercise for our friendly neighborhood bloggers; but it was completely unnecessary for us at LFLS, as we already have our very own Nedra Pickler -- he calls himself Ira Stoll.

Today Nedra ("Ira") "reports" on Senator Clinton's speech to the CFR yesterday.

Ira, celebrating Write Like Nedra Pickler Day, tells us, "She [Clinton] warned that America?’s use of its international influence was bound to backfire. 'The more we throw our weight around, the more we encourage other nations to join with each other as a counterweight,' Mrs. Clinton said."

Then, just in case we missed that, two paragraphs later he informs the reader that, "She warned that America?’s use of its international influence was bound to backfire. 'The more we throw our weight around, the more we encourage other nations to join with each other as a counterweight,' Mrs. Clinton said."

Still, infused with Nedra Fever, Stool spits, "Mrs. Clinton praised the Soviet Union for trying to provide opportunities for women after it invaded Afghanistan." Which would be strange, as surely Mrs. Clinton knows the Soviet Union no longer exists. I don't think anyone told Ira, though.

More Nedra! "She painted a picture of an American public that is afraid and unprepared to sacrifice domestic priorities to pay for the war on terrorism. 'I worry about the fear that I see amongst so many of our citizens,' she said. 'One can?’t continue to expect the American people to postpone fixing up their own schools and hospitals without undermining the support for the long-term commitment that is necessary in the war on terror.'"

Notice she never used the words "the American public is afraid and unprepared to sacrifice domest ic priorities to pay for the war on terrorism." No matter -- to Ira Pickler, who is deathly afraid of sacrificing his tax cuts to, say, actually pay benefits to military veterans (who no doubt have microwaves! and many of whom are black!), it is all the same.

Ira Stoll, in criticizing Hillary Clinton's remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations, neglected to mention that he is a snot-nosed non-entity of a journalist who has no business managing or editing anything that would pretend to be a newspaper.

Monday, December 15, 2003
 
As noted below by my colleague Mr. Olivier, somehow the capture of that shithead Saddam has literally melted whatever brains were left over at the Sun. Let me just say this, in the name of actual journalism -- the Sun, in devoting fully one-third of its newspaper to the capture of Saddam Hussein, finds less than a square inch at the bottom of page 7 to bury an AP story about the other story in Iraq, the mass slaughter, which continues this very day. Good times, good times.

But, for some reason believing that Ahmad Chalabi himself caught Saddam, or indeed the the Pirate had or has had anything at all to do with anything, the Sunnis go on in an idiotorial today to turn their sights on the real enemy -- secular humanists:
No sooner had Saddam Hussein been dragged off to await his trial than we found ourselves thinking of Justice Robert Jackson. He was the chief American war crimes prosecutor after World War II, and what we kept thinking of was the fact that the reason he chose the courtroom he did at Nuremburg is that it had on the wall an iteration of the Ten Commandments. Were such a stunt tried today, no doubt cries of protest would go up from the crowd that fears above all else a mixing of religion and state.

What the fuck? The man you have been pining for for years is in American custody and this is the best you can come up with? Who the hell writes this shit? Oh yeah...

But the sHit Parade goes on! After chiding Wesley Clark for suggesting that we turn Saddam over to the Hague, something some boneheads in Congress thought up when they wrote something called the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998, they fantasize about the show trial:
There is much that can be learned from a trial: Where are the weapons of mass destruction? Which French and German businessmen or government officials helped Saddam in the effort to acquire weapons of mass destruction? What were relations with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda during the years of the Baathist tyranny? What role did Iraq have in the World Trade Center attacks of 1993 and 2001? Which, if any, Britons and Americans were on Iraq’s payroll? What was the nature of Iraq’s relations with the Hashemite monarchy? Where is Captain Scott Speicher, the American pilot who was missing in action in the Gulf War?

Yes, Saddam, which Frenchman was it who gave you those weapons that don't exist? And where are they, if they don't exist? And what Americans can we add to our witch-hunt? The Ford Foundation? And, by the way, isn't Laurie Mylroie's Unified Theory of Saddam right on target? And seeing how you were behind every terrorist incident ever, doesn't your capture mean the End of All Terrorism? And when do you think we should go to war with Syria -- now, or nower?

Good Lord. Hand the boys Saddam's head on a platter and they just lose it. They're gone.
 
Alleged journalist Claudia Rosett hits the ground of SethAndIranistan running, readily adapting to the Sun practice of ignoring empirical reality in favor of preferred narrative. She likewise proves herself proficient in omitting rather crucial details when introducing sources. Rosett on the "Muslim world":
Reports yesterday from places such as Syria and Egypt, as well as Iraq itself, quoted men-in-the-street as both stunned and contemptuous that Saddam, though armed with a pistol in his hole, surrendered without a shot. "He's such a coward, the way he was captured today," says Turkish businesswoman Aydan Kodaloglu, reached by phone in Ankara. "Every fundamentalist in the Muslim world is going to be thinking of this picture," added Ms. Kodaloglu, referring to the TV footage of a compliant, disheveled Saddam, opening his mouth wide for a flashlight and tongue depressor, and bowing his head while a doctor checked for lice.
Businesswoman? American Enterprise stooge? "An Ankara political consultant active in promoting Israel-Turkey relations" (as reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency - a "venerable" and "highly credible wire" as SethAndIra told us last month - on November 20, 2002)? Rosett is of course not fooling her readers - simply because nobody reads the atrocious Sun.

With "journalists" as thick-headed and oblivious to the story featuring so prominently in the paper's pages, there's no real reason to bother. Rosett's 700-page gloat plays up the fact that the once mighty Saddam reduced to the figure of a "bedraggled fugitive cowering facedown with his gun in a hole in the ground" will serve as a potent "symbol of defeat" for "terrorists," by which she means Muslims. Of immediate note to anyone at all paying attention, one wonders how this pathetic cowering tyrant was able to orchestrate the loyalists and foreign terrorists that comprise the Iraqi resistance in the Sun's telling literally from a hole in the ground. Ms. Rosett chooses not to trouble herself with so obvious a question.

 

 
   
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