"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, May 13, 2004
 
It seems SethAndIranistan has decided it is time to turn its attention to Saudi Arabia, actual funders of actual terrorists and true lifelong friends of the Bushite junta.
They write:
Mr. Kerry has taken a similar forwardleaning stance with respect to the Saudis. “Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah’s outrageous anti-Semitic comments this week blaming ‘Zionists’ for the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia raises serious questions about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to combating terrorism,” Mr. Kerry said. “President Bush has said nothing. As president,I will never permit this kind of attack to go unanswered.” The White House says it has raised the issue with the Saudis. But this is one topic on which Mr. Bush would be wise not to let Mr. Kerry or Congress get ahead of him.

All of which is fine -- SethAndIra are nothing if not consistent, and the issue of America's shameful relation to the Saudis is probably the single case where they have not been consistently foolish. They just fail to see the bottom line. This administration will never take on the Saudis; the Bushies simply owe them too much.

Perhaps SethAndIra will be interested in an upcoming film exploring the topic...

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
 
Great article in the New York Observer about our favorite pipe dream, the New York Sun. Tom Scocca, one of the few Observer writers who didn’t jump ship from the Sun, details the Sun’s attempt to raise an additional $40 million (40? Just a month ago, they were reportedly looking for 35. . . ) for their cash-hemorrhaging rag (would that make it a tampon?). Scocca helpfully points out that for their investment, “investors will get a piece of a newspaper [sic] that lost $12.8 million last year, according to the [private placement] memo.”

Scocca continues, “the memo promises an overhaul and expansion of the op-ed pages, accompanied by the hiring of ‘a full-time, seasoned editorial page editor.’” Which begs the musical question, who the fuck has been editing this shit thus far? Oh, yeah, that’s right. . . This memo, which we at LFLS would LOVE to see, also points out that the Sun’s readership is older and poorer than expected, which I feel is a direct slap at Bro. Olivier, Bro. Robinson, and myself.

The memo also reveals that the Sun will debut a new slogan for the paper, and makes the bold prediction that advertising will grow from $794,000 to –are you ready for this?- $5.9 million, and by 2005!! Leading to the Sun’s turning a profit in 2008!! This memo has got to be the funniest thing since I don’t know what!

I hereby nominate Tom Scocca for a Pulitzer Prize, Public Service division.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004
 
Well done, Lady Black.

On a similar note, rumor has it that Amity Lipsky-Shlaes charges the New York Sun for the crap she passes off as a column.

 

 
   
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