"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.

 
 
   
 
Thursday, January 08, 2004
 
Has Ira found a job at the Heritage Foundation? They certainly deserve each other.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004
 
SethAndIra today find themselves if not at the actual height of imbecility then at least within hailing distance thereof. Their SpEditorial "Democrats Unlearn 9/11" is perhaps the most confused and confusing piece of writing - the Mehdi Haery groundbreaker and Seth's admission that he twice voted for Clinton not excepted - ever published in the Sun's mighty dozen-and-a-half pages. Let's have a look-see:
The U.S. response in 1998 to two embassy bombings in East Africa, killing 224, was to track down the perpetrators, haul them before a court in New York, win convictions, and put them away. There was no effort to dismantle the command and control structure, the financial institutions, the cultural milieu, or the political ideology that had bred the violence.

Or to steal their oil. Sentient beings may recall that Clinton in fact lobbed cruise missiles into Afghanistan and the Sudan, though SethAndIra, absorbed completely by conservatoid fantasies and Islamofascist phantasms, are about as far from sentient as one can be.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004
 
Josh Marshall writes, "One of the greatest rhetorical and moral challenges of opinion writing is how to respond to or critique aggressively dishonest or tendentious arguments."

Mr. Marshall was responding to today's disastrous David Brooks piece in the Times, in which Brooks argues that neo-Nazi really means Jewish Nazi. But he could have been talking about the Sun -- or, more specifically, a feeling I am getting lately: SethAndIra fatigue.

True, there is no shortage of material to work with when you are going after two nitwits who make the New York Post look intellectually honest. But actually reading this shit day in and day out takes its toll.

Today's example: an idiotorial in which the pair declare, "One of our favorite facts about the great economic expansion that was triggered by the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s and ran, with only modest setbacks, through the end of the 20th century is that this celebrated expansion took place against a historic drop in the price of gold."

Yes, that is one of everybody's favorite facts, you whores. What they neglect to mention is that what they deem the Reagan expansion was actually the 40-plus year Truman expansion, which proceeded with a few modest setbacks to the Bush recession of 2001. Truman also won the Cold War for America, a fact SethAndIra refuse to acknowledge because they are anti-Semites.

Oh, but gold. See, gold prices are going up now, an indication of lagging faith in American currency. Rather than pin the blame for this where it belongs -- on the most fiscally reckless administration in modern American history -- SethAndIra prefer to go after "easy money." This being something that is vaguely the Fed's doing, and not a reference to the sugar daddy funding that allows these two ass clowns to continue distributing this nonsense to an uninterested public.
 
Sun staff reporter Dina Temple-Raston lets us know that sozzled scribe Christopher Hitchens continues his brave fight against "tyranny." Having first vanquished Islamofascistterroristaggression and the leftism he affected in an earlier, less profitable stage of his career, Hitchens takes aim at the "Bloombergian mind" and the system of irritating ordinances and revenue-generating fines which it has devised. Best of luck in this key battle, old boy! And when you're done, perhaps you can take up the comparatively trivial tyrannies of Camp X-Ray, enemy combatant designation, the PATRIOT Act and companion legislation, the frustration of lawful elections, determined efforts to trash of the basic right to counsel, and, if time permits, today's emboldened US imperialism.

 

 
   
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