"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.

Saturday, January 24, 2004
The Guardian has a fabulous story about Conrad Blech's wife and Sun columnist Barbara Amiel. After reading it, I have to say, our contemporary culture has come up with a perfect word for someone like her.


Friday, January 23, 2004
Eli Lake has sometime in the past week wrested the crown from Benny Avni, thus establishing himself as the reigning king of credulity. "Iran Helped Qaeda, Officer Will Testify" his report at page one is headlined. The piece tells of one 'Hamid Reza Zakeri,' described as a "former Iranian intelligence officer." Zakeri says - to Der Spiegel and fabricator Kenneth Timmerman; even disreputable cash-hungry Iranians refuse to speak to the Sunnis - that he "personally handled security at two meetings in Iran between top Al Qaeda operatives and Iranian officials just months before September 11." Front page news, no doubt.

Except that this claim has been in circulation for well on one year. It first broke Stateside back on February 18, 2003, on, of all places, the fed'ral gubbamint's World News Connection (an earnest outfit run not by the crypto-Islamofascistterrorists of State but by the fine folks at Commerce). On that date, the Connection ran a translated extract of an interview of Zakeri staged by Ali Nouri Zadeh. That interview was for Al-Sharq al-Awsat, described as an "influential Saudi-owned London daily" whose editorial voice "reflect[s] official Saudi views on foreign policy."

[Brief pause to wonder why Lake is flacking for the Saudis]

Zakeri's fancies were presumably vetted and dismissed by those with an interest in the matter. Interviewer Zadeh himself says of Zakeri "What he says is partly correct--30 percent. Partly exaggerated--20 percent. And 50 percent is nonsense," meaning his batting average bests the Sun's appreciably. Little wonder than that nobody followed up Mehdi Haery Mark II's assertions.

A more measured report on Zakeri can be found here.

Thursday, January 22, 2004
David “The Twerp” Twersky in today’s Sun: “Mr. Sharon has behaved reasonably and with some restraint in fighting back at Palestinian terror.” I guess that technically, “little” does qualify as “some,” so point scored to Twerpy. Actually, two points; Twerpy also scores with his apt comparison of Sharon to John Rowland.

Elsewhere, my main “man” Emmett Tyrrell is gushing over his “suave” boyfriend again; the Sun comes close to endorsing the lone Republican running against Bush; and William Tucker is an asshole. (Tucker writes, regarding John Edwards, “to trial lawyers the world is still composed of wronged ‘little people’”, Sun sarcastic-quotes his. By ‘little people,’ are you by any chance referring to Valerie Lakey, Bill? She seems pretty small to me.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Damn Ira Stool is good. By which I mean bad. As heralded by Bush's speech last night, apparently 2004 is Opposite Year.

Here's an excerpt of Ira's "report" on Bush's speech:
Another Democrat running for president, Senator Kerry, told ABC News,“I think this president is out of touch with the real Americans who are struggling to make ends meet.”

“Most people can’t even save money right now,” Mr. Bush said.
Yes, do you remember that part when a triumphalist W declared, "Most people can't even save money right now"?

It would almost be cute, Ira, how pitifully awful you are at your job, if you weren't such an insufferable prick.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Slogging through Daniel Pipes's pathetic work, it becomes amazing that anyone supports this man. He is nothing more than an anti-Muslim bigot, who gets by as a "scholar" because he happens to have read a lot of stuff about Islam before deciding it is filthy and homicidal.

In today's column in the rabidly anti-Islam New York Sun, he asks "Study the Koran?" Taking Andy Rooney (of all people) and thousands of others up on their perfectly sensible instinct that, "Hell, since Bush is gonna exterminate them we might as well learn a thing or two about them," Pipes concludes that the study of Quran is a fruitless endeavor, best left to bigots like himself. This after he goes through a short list of people who have done terrible things after having admitted to reading the Quran.

His reasons? He bullets them:

-- "[The Quran is] Profound. One cannot pick it up and understand its meaning when nearly every sentence is the subject of annotations, commentaries, glosses, and superglosses."

-- "Complex and contradictory. Contradictions in the text have been studied and reconciled over the centuries through extensive scholarly study."

-- "Static: An unchanging holy scripture cannot account for change over time."

-- "Partial: Holy books have vast importance but do not create the immediate context of action."

He concludes: "Instead of the Koran, I urge anyone wanting to study militant Islam and the violence it inspires to understand such phenomena as the Wahhabi movement, the Khomeini revolution, and Al Qaeda. Muslim history, not Islamic theology, explains how we got here and hints at what might come next."

In other words, the only way to understand "Muslim history" is to study the ideologies of its extremists. Daniel Pipes says so, and we should believe him because he hates Muslims, and therefore is a true patriot.

A simple thought experiment -- replace every reference to the Quran with "Torah." Is the Torah not "profound," "complex and contradictory," "static," "partial"? How about the New Testament? Imagine the tortured howls SethAndIra would throw at someone who suggested the Torah is unworthy of study because it old and says lots of stuff.

The "militarize the moon" stuff is just stupid. Pipes and his like have a very different America in mind. I should say a different "solution."
Weird. I haven't been able to find any mention of Conrad Black, or Hollinger, or the Barclay Twins in today's Sun. Or yesterday's, for that matter. Maybe there was a sidebar I missed....yeah, that must be it....

Sunday, January 18, 2004
Conrad Blackguard sacked and sued. The Barclays subsequently take over. Will the brothers withdraw from the Munni Triangle, that notorious corner of lower Manhattan where Hollinger's already compromised reputation comes under daily attack? Could they find anybody foolish enough to actually relieve them of their stake in Seth and Ira's New York Sun?


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