"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 16, 2004
 
In honor of its second anniversary, The New York Sun self-fellated today in an effort of Ron Jeremy-esque proportions, humorously noting that they are “encouraged” that “there is an old-fashioned newspaper war going on in New York, pitting two free dailies, two broadsheets, and three tabloids against one another.” Someone should inform the other participants in this “war” that such a battle is occurring. Meanwhile, in SethAndIra’s other war, things are perhaps less encouraging. . .

Elsewhere, on Jim Romenesko's site, the following:

From WILLIAM BREEN: I work for a wholesaler in NYC; news dealers are charged .01 (that's right, a penny) for the New York Sun. Cover price is .25. It doesn't pay for dealers to return unsold copies or 'headers', so their circ figures look great. Virtually every copy they print is "sold."

Thursday, April 15, 2004
 
Tomorrow is the New York Sun’s second anniversary, which means that the other day was the second birthday of Like Father, Like Sun, your favorite website! We’ve slogged through a lot of shit together, friends, but with every passing day, the light at the end of the Sun gets a little brighter, a little closer. But until that glorious day, Grady Olivier, Quentin Robinson, Brad Olson, and the entire staff of LFLS will be here, reading the New York Sun, so you don’t have to.
 
While New York Sun heartthrob Daniel Pipes is out making the case for abandoning the "spreading democracy" pretension in Iraq, the U.S. is dispatching Iranian envoys to calm down the Shia.

(Update: Now we're asking the Syrian Baathists to hold our hat.)

Onward Christian soldiers.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004
 
Crain’s New York Business reported on April 5 that while the New York Sun’s circulation of 55,000 “is higher than expected,” advertising is “more than a little behind plan” according to Big Daddy Steinhardt, and needs 100,000 readers and four times as many ads to break even. (Paging Ira’s parents.) So for now, “the conservative daily is trying to raise another $35 million, says Mr. Steinhardt, a philanthropist and retired hedge fund manager. He and fellow co-founder Roger Hertog, along with new investors whom Mr. Steinhardt declined to identify, will provide some of the funding. He estimates that losses at the paper-edited by former Wall Street Journal editor Seth Lipsky-have hit about $25 million.”

Sixty million bucks down the drain, throwing bad money after bad.

Monday, April 12, 2004
 
"'The mission of U.S. forces is to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr. That is our mission,' Sanchez said. He added that the military did not know where al-Sadr was."

Sounds like someone else we all know.

Notice how the list of people we have to kill or capture becomes longer, rather than shorter, in this War That Is Necessary To Defeat the Terrorists?

 

 
   
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