"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, January 30, 2004
 
SethAndIra *could do a lot worse than* to continue publishing their execrable "newspaper." Actually, on reconsideration, they couldn't. The Sun is that bad. Despite tens of millions in backing, the Berkshire Bigots continue cut-and-pasting together what reads like a record of successive raids on Frontpage.com's slush pile for an circulation of about a half-dozen. No matter what happens in the city Lipsky and Stoolie presume to be based *at*, it's always terror time in the Sun.

Though their terror coverage, symptomatic as it is of their shared anti-Islamic hatred, is incomplete. When a non-Arab is caught in posession of WMDs, the story does not register *at* page one of the Sun nor any of the succeeding unimpressive 20-or-so pages. Terrorists holed up in the US?! The Sunnis yawn dismissively. Richard Perle - who makes Seth swoon and who sits on the board of directors at Hollinger International, an investor in the Sun - is caught with a known terrorist group allied with Saddam Hussein? Don't expect SethAndIra to tell you so.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
 
In a performance worthy of Benj. "Magellan" Smith, Sun photog Konrad Fiedler outdoes himself producing a photographic record of yesterday's snowstorm. "Pedestrians wait to cross a slippery Chambers Street in Lower Manhattan yesterday evening," reads the caption. Plainly visible is a street sign marking the corner of Chambers and Church Streets. Seems Kon. Fiedler didn't even bother to leave the Sun's offices.


Tuesday, January 27, 2004
 
Boy, Dick Cheney is sure gonna be embarrassed when those weapons are found...

Monday, January 26, 2004
 
Embarrassment

Being fundamentalists, the Sunnis are outraged that the Democratic candidates would dare to leap on a Reuters interview in which David Kay essentially debunked Shrub's "weapons of mass destruction related program activity crayon drawing things that they may have done at some point if they could find enough babysitters" nonsense.

"The more Mr. Kerry and Dr. Dean go on in this vein, the more they set themselves up for embarrassment when and if Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction are found — in Syria, Lebanon, Iran, or Iraq — in the months before the general election," SethAndIra declare. This kind of thing is easy for them. They are incapable of feeling embarrassment.

You know, embarrassment when David Kay says stuff like this:
Q: What happened to the stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons that everyone expected to be there?

A: "I don't think they existed.

"I think there were stockpiles at the end of the first Gulf War and those were a combination of U.N. inspectors and unilateral Iraqi action got rid of them. I think the best evidence is that they did not resume large-scale production, and that's what we're really talking about, is large stockpiles, not the small. Large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons in the period after '95."

Q. After '95?

A. "We're really talking about from the mid-90s, when people thought they had resumed production."

Q. What about the nuclear program?

A. "The nuclear program was as we said in the interim report, I think that will be a final conclusion. There had been some restart of activities, but they were rudimentary.

"It really wasn't dormant because there were a few little things going on, but it had not resumed in anything meaningful."

Q: You came away from the hunt that you have done believing that they did not have any large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons in the country?

A: "That is correct."
Or, like the Lost Tribe of Israel or the Twelfth Imam or the shooter on the grassy knoll, we will go on searching for them in perpetuity. It's a lot easier than thinking about the rapidly increasing body count.

 

 
   
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