"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, March 05, 2004
 
Today's Sun confused me terribly. An Andrew "Teen" Wolf opinion piece titled "Social Promotion: Business as Usual" says nothing about the Bush reelection campaign. Eli Lake's "First Whiof [sic/WETS?] Scandal Hits Iraq Government" is about a "a plane loaded with almost $20 million worth of new Iraqi dinars" which flew from Baghdad to Lebanon. The earlier "whiof" scandal - Pirate Chalabi's manipulation of a credulous Bush misadministration and subsequent liberation of contracting and other funds - is ignored. Lisa Scherzer asks "Is America Ready To Embrace Competitive Eating?" without recording an enthusiastic "yes!" from Sun backing fatbottom Michael Swinelard. What gives, SethAndIra?

Thursday, March 04, 2004
 
Sun "journalist" Eli Lake writing of wampum, shiny buttons and glass beads:
Free Iraqis are fascinated by cell phones.

...

Most Americans compare the advantages of their cell phones based on roaming charges, reception, or service coverage. But Iraqis cannot yet be bothered with such utilitarian measures. They judge a phone's worth by its number of games and variety of rings. Most importantly, a phone is cool if it looks American.
Stupid "free Iraqis" - incapable of utilitarian considerations and mindlessly obsessed by glare and glitter like a chicken pecking at the gravel. Or Tina Brown. But watch out, Eli, lest you find your subjects getting all uppity and shit, demanding microwaves and whatnot.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004
 
Jack Shafer over at Slate, one of the few writers who bothers to publish the traitorous words "New York Sun" in his columns (never reverential, by the way), has a hilarious bit about the life and times of vanity publishers. Read it. Here is a choice section:
But in most cases, the vanity mogul's life cycle is every bit as predictable as that of a butterfly.

Stage 1: The tyro vanity mogul comes in with grand plans about restoring the publication to its former glory. He makes few noises about the immediate need to make money but hints that profits won't be hard to find because he brings the Midas touch to all of his investments. Quality, the mogul proclaims, will attract readers and advertisers.

Stage 2: He fires the editor and replaces him with a star (Michael Kelly, Shelby Coffey, Adam Moss), orders a redesign, and drops an expensive direct-mail package to recruit new subscribers. He expands the editorial and art budgets and moves the publication to better quarters, upgrades the paper stock, and thinks about building a publication empire, not just a stand-alone title.

Stage 3: Whoops! As fresh red ink flows, the mogul makes a few course adjustments, steering slightly away from quality to hire "names" who will write talked-about columns and during their TV appearances get the magazine's name chironed at the bottom of the screen.
That's about as far as the Sun has gotten to date. Go read the rest if you want to see where it is headed.

 

 
   
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