"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, March 25, 2004
 
Our local paper absolutely nails it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
 
Over the last couple of weeks, the Sun and one of its “reporters,” Thomas Lipscomb, have been slagging John Kerry over his involvement with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and in particular over whether or not he attended a 1971 VVAW meeting in which assassinations of pro-war politicians were allegedly discussed. A stupid, pointless story (one guy apparently suggested it, was shouted down, and that was that), but pointlessness has never stopped the Sun, a paper whose very existence is pointless.

But here is Randy Barnes, a VVAW member who was interviewed by Lipscomb for the nonstory, on last night’s Big Story with John Gibson (Fox News):

BARNES: Well, first of all, Mr. Gibson, I'd like to point out to you that that story in the “New York Sun” was written by a man by the name of Thomas Lipskin [sic]. I was one of the people he interviewed. He totally misrepresented himself to me. He asked me questions. He was not completely forthcoming in the things that were said. And I happen to know that some of the things in that story were not told to him. Now where he got the information, I don't know. But as far as I'm concerned, Mr. Lipskin is not a legitimate journalist.

Exactly, Mr. Barnes. Which means he’s working “at” the perfect place.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004
 
In a “special” to the Sun, Elizabeth Peek writes glowingly of Howard Berkowitz, “a thoughtful investor” who runs a hedge fund. Ms. Peek mentions that back in the 60s Mr. Berkowitz “helped found Steinhardt, Fine and Berkowitz, one of the original giants in the hedge fund industry.” Misspeak neglects to mention that the Steinhardt of Steinhardt, Fine and Berkowitz is now a giant in the publishing world as well. And is a giant in the eating world, too.

The New York Sun, your one-stop-shop for full non-disclosure.

Monday, March 22, 2004
 
MORE THAN WORDS

Funniest Sun paragraph of the year comes courtesy of Alicia Colon, Our Lady of Staten Island, writing about some right-wing Republican bullshit:

"Another pro-life rocker is Gary Cherone, formerly with Extreme and Van Halen, and now with Tribes of Judah. He’s written two songs for the American Life League. Yes, it is possible to be hip and still find abortion abhorrent."

Gary Cherone is hip? BRILLIANT!
 
Judging from the blather on today's idiotorial page in the Sun, the Drudge crowd isn't going to have a whole lot of flimmy-flam to throw at Richard Clarke. SethAndIra's piece, called "Clarke's Credibility" is really a further indictment of the Chambers Street fraudsheet's credibility, not to mention that it does the Bushies no favors.

Rather that taking up Clarke's claim that Bush ignored Al Qaeda to go after Iraq, the Sunnis insist that it's Clarke's damn problem that he didn't give more money to -- get this -- Ahmad Chalabi!
Mr. Clarke may be fuzzy on the details, but here’s a reminder: After Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt didn’t just go to war against Japan. He went to war against Germany and Italy, too. Mr. Bush, for his part, first went to war in Afghanistan, and only then did he take on Iraq. It’s not as if Mr. Bush attacked Canada. Iraq’s government-controlled press cheered the September 11 attack on America. The Iraqi government was writing $25,000 checks to the families of suicide bombers who attacked Israel, without discrimination as to whether the victims in those suicide attacks were Israelis or visiting Americans. Abu Abbas, the mastermind of the Achille Lauro hijacking in which American Leon Klinghoffer was pushed overboard in his wheelchair, was being harbored in Baghdad.

Iraq was on the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terror all through the Clinton administration, in which Mr. Clarke also served in a senior counterterrorism post. One of the glaring questions in the Clarke episode is where was the Clinton administration. When Congress passed the Iraq Liberation Act by an overwhelming vote in both houses, the Clinton administration ducked its reponsibilities under the law to start backing and funding the democratic Iraqi groups in exile.

Sigh. Where to start? Or, by the Sun's editing, where to start.

SethAndIra may be fuzzy on their details. FDR did not declare war on Germany. Germany declared war on the US. If you want to accuse someone of being fuzzy on details, it may help to pay attention to details. Note, dear reader, the rhetorical contortions the Morons use to try to show that, in fact, Iraq was the number one terrorism priority. After all, they had anti-American headlines in their newspapers! They were writing checks to Palestinians! And, as we know, every anti-Israel suicide bomber is a key part of the Al Qaeda network.

But at least he didn't go to war with Canada.

Pathetic. Rather than draw attention to Clarke's credibility, we see the lie machine beginning to unravel. The Sun is starting to look mightly lonely, being propped up only by the dim lights of Mark Steyn and the Drudge types. Hell, even the Journal is starting to run away from this one. You would think after all the low moments in the Sun's short, stupid history -- including last week's prayer for a terrorist attack -- they would start to get that "A Different Point of View" is not helpful when it is an asinine point of view.

 

 
   
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