"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.

 
 
   
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
 
Eli Lake's descent gains further momentum. Today he rushes to the defense of the Feith and Scum Korps - a/k/a the Office of Special Plans - with an article that is just too tiresome to deal with here. The accountants have descended on the LFLS compound, and we are otherwise occupied getting our tax filings in order. This may take some time...

Tuesday, March 09, 2004
 
On today's idiotorial page SethAndIra declare, "The element that's been missing from the public discussion of gay marriage is religion."

Read that again.

Then, further down the page, they are suckered in by Deborah Orin's half-assed New York Post article, ably debunked here, and sticking with RNC talking points, try to paint John Kerry as weak on terrorism. Did you hear Kerry is endorsed by Communist North Korea?

On the front page, the headline "IRAQ MARKS 'HISTORIC MILESTONE' ON ROAD TO LIBERTY: Constitution Signed in Baghdad, But Sectarian Bickering Erupts"

But nothing in the story about how the "Sectarian Bickering" includes Ahmad Chalabi joining with Ayatollah Sistani in holding up the signing of the constitution.

Hacks.

Monday, March 08, 2004
 
Noble Eli Lake continues sticking up for convicted felon/piece of shit Ahmad Chalabi, insinuating in a 'news' piece that - despite several acres of Sun newsprint accusing the CIA and State Department of being Saddam-snuggling peaceniks - Dr. al Harami is innocent of peddling bunk intelligence while the aforementioned agencies are guilty. Lake:
With the Senate Intelligence committee investigating the INC's role in shaping pre-war intelligence, the question of Mr. Chalabi's influence of the president's decision to go to war could become an issue in the 2004 campaign. While Mr. Chalabi's organization introduced some defectors to the press before the war, he was also persona non grata at the CIA, which had the lead authorship of the National Intelligence Estimate, the document presented to Congress during their vote to go to war. It was the CIA that was also closely involved in Mr. Powell's U.N. speech.

Indeed, as early as 1996 the CIA had put out what is called a "burn notice" in the intelligence trade, instructing American agents not to believe Mr. Chalabi. The instructions were sent after Mr. Chalabi warned then-director John Deutch of how an agency-supported officer's coup was compromised and advised them not to go forward, according to one former CIA operations officer. In that case, Mr. Chalabi's intelligence proved better than the CIA's.

...

In other cases, Mr. Chalabi may have provided information that did not turn out. One defector ferreted out of Iraq by the INC prior to the inception of the Information Collection Program was a leading nuclear scientist in his country's nuclear weapons program, Khidir Hamza. Mr. Hamza said before the war that highly refined aluminum tubes ordered from abroad were specially designed for centrifuges to enrich uranium.The director of central intelligence, George Tenet, said last month that "experts still argue" over whether the tubes were "for uranium enrichment or conventional weapons."
As to these "experts" I can only presume Mr. Lake means himself, though his own Sun reportage reveals he is expert only at tiring his readership with Bushite lies. Sentient beings - and even Pat Buchanan - know that Hamza, like coach Chalabi, is a fraud. It is sad that Mr. Lake, intimately familiar with fraud as he likely is from working so closely with master practitioners SethAndIra, cannot recognize trickery when perpetrated by someone other than his boss.

Elsewhere Ira/Seth detail "Kerry's Quest for the Facts," a quest the sempiternally clueless "newspaper" "men" should join forthwith. They write:
As one of the central arguments of his candidacy, Mr. Kerry seems determined to convince the American people that Iraq is an intractable quagmire, and that only he can fix it. Never mind that the number of coalition soldiers killed in January and February (75) was less than half the number killed in the previous two months (158).
Yes, SethAndIra, and never you mind that:
The US army has been trying to bring down its casualties in Iraq after heavy losses in November. The number of US army patrols was cut from 1,500 a day in November to 500 a day in December. Checkpoints are mainly manned by Iraqi police.
With American forces relatively hunkered and bunkered and Iraqis taking the fore, should one not fret then over the widespread and spreading death and destruction being visited on the natives?

 

 
   
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