"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, April 02, 2004
 
Today Errol Louis provided an excellent profile of the next senator from our great state of Illinois. We often wonder how it is that a writer as good as Mr. Louis remains employed by a “paper” as bad as the New York Sun; then we remember that its “editors” apparently never read it.
 
Whither, Ira? Or: Wither, Ira!

We here at LFLS are wondering what ever happened to America's favorite "Staff Reporter of the Sun." Last we heard, Ira was down in DC commissioning dubious society stories in the interest of boosting name recognition of his substandard fraudsheet. But we have not seen his name attached to any of the Sun's "news" stories in quite a long time.

Some new emphasis on quality, standards, and ethics? Unlikely, considering the proliferation of such weapons of mass deception as Thos. Lipscomb, Josh Gerstein, and Eli Lake.

Perhaps Stoolie is *at* Baghdad, preparing himself to be Minister of Truth under a Chalabi regime. Or in Washington, busy fellating the board of directors of the Heritage Foundation.

Any leads on the whereabouts of this particular hack would be welcomed.

Thursday, April 01, 2004
 
Things predictably go from bad to worse, with security contractors killed in Fallujah and their corpses savaged. The reaction from the Professional Pussies at Chambers Street - "Bernard Lewis says they're all gonna come kill us and make our kids read the Koran if we don't Finish the War now!" - could have been written well in advance. It may well have been, so repetitive are SethAndIra.

Say hello to transaction costs Iraqi style, assholes. This is your boy's "audacious plan." Maybe one day you'll get around to examining the yawning gulf between promise and objective fact. The Bushite crew seems to have failed across the board by its own advertised standards, saying nothing of more empirical measures (miserable economic stats, mattress wetnesses at Ira's place connected to continued terror anxieties, etc).

Wednesday, March 31, 2004
 
Who reads LFLS? Thos. Lipscomb does! Grady Olivier forwarded me an email we received from the Sun “reporter,” apparently regarding this item I wrote regarding some of his most recent work. (Thos. probably sent it to Grady instead of directly to me because he was afraid I would fact-“check” him.) Thos. writes, “Gee. I guess you missed the MSNBC show the same night where the following exchange with highly-paid Dem Party flack Larry O’Donnell- I will enclose it all. You can edit it down to the part you like best.”

I don’t know, maybe Grady cut some out (dude fucking edits with a goddam chainsaw), but all I got in the forwarded email was an exchange between Lipscomb and the dashing insurance pitchman in which they seem to be debating whether Lipscomb’s story is true or not. So I guess that’s what Thos. thought I was doing. Which I wasn’t, I do think the story is probably accurate; I just don’t think it’s a very big deal. (Like I wrote, “one guy apparently suggested [assassinating pro-war politicians], was shouted down, and that was that.” Perhaps I’m being too succinct, but I got a business to run.) So, Thos., I wasn't disputing the veracity of your story, I was just calling you a hack poorly-paid Rep Party flack, working for its wholly owned New York Sun subsidiary, or to re-quote Randy Barnes from the initial post, “as far as I'm concerned, Mr. Lipskin [sic!] is not a legitimate journalist.” That doesn’t mean you’re incorrect, just not legitimate.

One other notable thing about Thos.’s email, though. While suggesting we send our readers here for further info on the subject (wow! Two John Fund links in the same day!), Thos. refers to the article as “a good tour d'horizon.” “Tour d'horizon”??? Say, that wouldn’t be French, would it, Monsieur Leepscomb?? Don’t let your “editors” or - sacre bleu! - Auntie Em Tyrrell catch you using that gutter language! You may just find yourself with a one-way ticket to le chateau de merde!!
 
A hearty LFLS salute to Raymond Joseph, the most recent former employee of the Sun who is moving on to better things. Mr. Joseph, who the Sun retroactively claims to have valued despite burying all but a handful of his reports deep in their 20-page bohemoth, will be become America's man in Haiti.

Which means he will be working for the State Department. I give the Sun two weeks before they start blaming Mr. Joseph for faulty intelligence, closet Islamophilia, and ineptitude.

But Mr. Joseph may have been the last real reporter the Sun had left. Ben Smith, Donadio, Lucadamo, Tim Starks... all gone, replaced by the Gershmans and Thomas H. Lipscombs and Schneider-Mayersons of the world. Shame really.

Actually, not a shame at all. A positively Bush league publication.
 
We ask our dear readers to cut us some slack. Recent tragic events have hit us like a thunderclap from clear skies, shocking us deeply and making mundane LFLS work all but impossible. I am all but incapable of anything longer than the below.

I note that Jacob Gershman - the Sun's erstwhile "man" at Columbia - has an article headlined "How To Date Without Violence." The lead paragraphs show that in compiling his piece on a program combating "dating violence" amongst high schoolers, Mr. Gersham went to Gorton High School to observe a presentation by the Pace University Women's Justice Center. Gorton is even further from the Sun's idiotorial offices than Columbia, both in statute miles and status. If Mr. Gersman is at all like his notoriously lazy colleagues who are all but immobile when sourcing stories, he must have hated the assignment.

But Mr. Gershman could have saved himself both the train ride (mass transit? yuck!) up to Yonkers and the fulminations of the feminists (ew! double yuck!) had he addressed the issue as we would. "How To Date Without Violence"? Answer: keep well clear of itinerant Sunni John Fund!

Monday, March 29, 2004
 
In a "news" piece in today's Sun we get the following:
Some information for this report was provided by the Investigative Project, a group headed by counterterrorism expert Steven Emerson.
Yep, you've about found your level SethAndIra.

 

 
   
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