"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, June 17, 2004
Scumbag. Liar. Hatemonger. New York Sun columnist.

He’s Mark “Shit” Steyn, and Dan Kennedy has thoroughly kicked his ass.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Busyness all around. Brad, Quentin and myself are too occupied with the completion of a series of amicus curiae brief in a pending lawsuit to deal with SethAndIra's penny ante bullshit. The Sunnis meanwhile are too interested in making sure Palestinian-sympathetic professors are kept out of Columbia to report real news.

Monday, June 14, 2004
SethAndIra continue to defame and slander a major world religion. I am certain that you can guess which one. By printing a letter from Long Islander Yakov Moshe Siegel without correcting some staggering inaccuracies, the Berkshire Bigots again prove that there is no cesspool too deep or noisome for them to dredge. On to Siegel and his treatment of "enemy aliens in time of war:"
When, for example, guerrillas beheaded Nicholas Berg in the name of Islam and nowhere were heard words of disavowal from any Muslim leaders, that silence is, justifiably, deemed assent.

Berg's murderers spoke for Islam and Islam was remarkably silent when an opportunity arose to disassociate itself from the acts of alleged marginal groups.

Talk is cheap. Many people of Japanese ancestry were interned for America's protection after the attack on Pearl Harbor, but thousands of brave and loyal Japanese-Americans enlisted in our armed forces and proved themselves on the battlefields of Europe.

Then, as now, blood and guts aren't cheap. True the only people we are now fighting are Muslims so it would be difficult to repeat the experiment, but under these circumstances one would reasonably expect some good deeds from Islam unless, of course, the appearance that it is really them against us is no mirage.
No matter that Siegel glosses over one of the most shameful episodes in human rights history and denies that Muslims number among the US soldiery, that his regretful and inaccurate ravings further SethAndIra's anti-Islam bigotry, they're published with glee.

But Siegel is correct that sometimes silence indeed constitutes assent. So let us call roll and list the people and organizations who have to be excepted for Siegel's confounding assertion that we heard no "words of disavowal from any Muslim leaders" to hold water: the UAE's Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan (UPI, May 12, 2004), Saudi Prince Bandar (AP, May 13, 2004), the editorialists of Al-Watan and Arab News (AFP, May 13, 2004), Al-Azhar clerics Dr. Ra'fat Uthman and Dr. Abd-al-Azim al-Mat'ani (Al-Sharq al-Awsat via BBC, May 15, 2004),
Jordanian government spokeswoman Asma Khodr (AFP, May 15, 2004), a group of notable DC-area Muslims (The Washington Times, May 16, 2004), etc, ad infin. Oh, a few more (653,306 at writing) can be found signing a CAIR petition authored in response to Berg's shocking murder. See here for more.

And as SethAndIra like to equate anyone who has ever allowed him- or herself a charitable thought to the Palestinian people with Hamas or Hezbollah bomb-throwers, it bears noting that both groups denounced Berg's killing.

So much for Siegel's allegation of silence. It is possible though that Siegel is not a liar. He may be ignorant enough to not know that his premise is as false as his rant is prejudiced - indeed, as he reads the Sun this is almost certainly the case - but Stoolie and Amity's chubby hubby presumably know better and it is tough to conclude other than that they are a pair of mendacious bigots.


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