"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 09, 2004
 
More and more death, more and more collateral damage (both to Iraqis and to our national reputation) in Ira's War.

Still, the Sun shines on, beating its drum of continued fealty to this ridiculous exercize in imperial overreach. Is Iraq another Vietnam? Why, to SethAndIra, that's a compliment. All the while, one can see them frantically preparing themselves to blame the (inevitable, and tragic) failure of Bush foreign policy not on Bush himself -- accountability for thee but not for me -- but on domestic critics of the war.

Today the nitwits have decided that the al-Sadr uprising is being orchestrated by Iran. This on information from that notorious fraud Michael Ledeen.

Anti-US insurgency/terror, of course, springs from the loins of conveniently established (with an army to bomb and everything) foreign governments, not from any opinion or belief that might be held by actual Iraqis -- Ahmad Chalabi told them so.

Sounds like a pretty pre-9/11 way of thinking to me. But then again, what has the Bushite collective come up with that is not pre-9/11? SethAndIra's desire to rid the world of Islam, too, pre-dated that horrible day.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004
 
William Hammond takes it on the chin ‘at’ today’s letters to the editor. “William F. Hammond Jr. gets it all wrong in his article [sic] titled, “A Brighter Choice for Students,” the letter begins, and continues on to attack Wm. for a recent effort regarding charter schools. The letter concludes, “Mr. Hammond, writing from his perch from Albany, doesn’t get it but the New York Sun should. . . . New York City’s children need and deserve the understanding of our local press or the injustice will continue.”

This letter is printed in a box, to help it stand out, and in a far larger font than either of the other letters; in fact, it is in a larger font than any other non-headline on the entire page. The letter writers are identified as Joseph and Carol Reich of The Beginning With Children Foundation in Manhattan. No other identification is given.

Considering the very strong language used by the Reichs (“the New York Sun should [get it]”, “the understanding of our local press”), the letter announces itself as almost a warning to the Sun’s editors and Mr. Hammond. But as they are just a couple of your average New York Sun readers, the Reichs’ threats couldn’t possibly be expected to have any influence over the Sun, could they?

Meanwhile, somewhere in Albany, Wm. Hammond updates his resume. . .

Tuesday, April 06, 2004
 
SethAndIra's publishing schedule permitted them to comment on Fallujah and the specter of Shiite rebellion yesterday. They chose not to. When they finally get around to the essential disproof of their warped worldview today, the sight is an incredibly pathetic one.

Taking the first whack it the pinata is Seth's wife. What do crowds cheering the barbaric desecration of corpse signal the need for? Obviously, these people need paper trails leading to their assets so they can then leverage same and join the capitalist world. Huh? I know I'm no Ira Stoll when it comes to this writin' stuff, but the gross non sequitur is Amity's own. Your absurd and criminal imperialist project not going as planned? Give the hapless occupied microcredit! Brliliant.

SethAndIra themselves can do no better than to sputter inanities about Massachusetts liberals. Of course theirs is not a semi-topical editorial on John Kerry - though the Senator is slandered as denouncing American GIs serving in Viet Nam as "war criminals." No, the nimrods haul of on Ted Kennedy! Shia militia demolish 'debauched' Iraqi village? Thanks, Ted. A cleric acquires an astonishing position of strength and foments America's Intifatada? Kennedy, you pinko, this is all your fault.

The stream of sewage steadily issuing from Chambers Street has never to my recollection been quite as fetid.

Monday, April 05, 2004
 
SethAndIra's favored (and flawed) schemas go up in smoke one-by-one, as summarized below in dialogue form. "A-holes" denotes SethAndIra while "RW," for real world events, should be obvious.

A-holes: Free Iraqis love freedom and the armed agents of liberation dispatched by the beautiful minds of Wolfowitz and Rummy.

RW: Resistance.

A-holes: But those are former regime loyalists, foreign fighters, and al Qaeda elements - a small number of evil somanabitches who can be targeted and eliminated - whose bellicosity is in no way shared by the population at large.

RW: The horrors last week. Committed by few, but cheered by the many.

A-holes: Yes, but that was in Fallujah, which has always been bad. It's the very heart of the Sunni Triangle, a locale nearly as evil as 229 West 43rd Street. Besides, you know how those Sunnis are. The majority still loves us and is ready to do our bidding (for their own sake if they want to acquire any measure of civilization. Ever).

RW: Possible beginning of Shiite rebellion? American-trained Iraqi civil defense militia turn their weapons on the poor beleaguered US troops.

A-holes: [dogs barking in distant background; crickets chirp gently]


It comes as little surprise that SethAndIra are silenced by recent events. That an invasion even by benevolent well-meaning types - which the Bushite clan and its pro bono cheering section emphatically are not - could inspire outraged nationalism
obviously never occurred to them. But wait until tomorrow, after SethAndIra have sufficient time to scavenge the ever-growing slag heap of wretched quasi-racist commentary. You'll see the more offensive bits cobbled together as tomorrow's SpEditorial.

Sunday, April 04, 2004
 

No matter, SethAndIra still got my back!

A piece of shit convicted felon finds a simp-pathetic audience in segments of the current Bushite junta. Lipsky and Stoll dig the shit outta the guy. Ira's war goes down. Subsequent events further prove that the guy is a piece of shit, with hundreds of well-meaning Americans losing their lives contemporaneously and as a direct result of said piece of shit's lies. The Sunnis continue to cheer the piece of shit.

How could any right-thinking person choose unashamed fraud over the lives of American servicemen?

Fucking assholes.

 

 
   
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