"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, July 23, 2004
There must be joy in Sunville, as the reprehensible Drudge Report has linked to one of SethAndIra's patented idiotorials. Thus has the Sun's readership increased from 40 to 40,000 right-wing mental patients.

Today the Sun has decided that the creation of the independent prosecutor -- a decent idea that was ruined by the partisan hackery of Ken Starr -- was responsible for the events of 9/11. Don't believe me? Then you don't know how stupid SethAndIra sound when they try to get all eloquent and shit. As there is little logic to follow in this piece, let me just point out a couple of howlers.

The Sunnis quip: "...Mr. Berger was an obstacle to action. Had he been a little less reluctant to act, a little more open to taking pre-emptive action, maybe the 2,973 killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks would be alive today."

But then they say, "Neither Mr.Berger nor any other American is to blame for the deaths of Americans on September 11, 2001."

So which is it? He prevented action that could have saved lives, or he is not to blame?

Better to split the difference and let the insinuation speak for itself.

Later: "When we think of the repairs that need to be made in the coming months, it is of this: The need to carry on our national politics with an eye to protecting the boldness of our leaders and particularly in a time of war. It is something to think about amid one of the bitterest, most adhominem political seasons in the history of the Republic."

Get that? Don't criticize political leaders in this, our War without end. Oh, except:

"That Senator Kerry had Mr. Berger as a campaign foreign policy adviser even before the archives scandal is enough to raise doubts about the senator’s judgment."

Lesson received. We are not allowed to criticize Republican politicians, lest we all be as responsible as Sandy Berger for the deaths of thousands.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Roderick Boyd, Staff Reporter of the Sun (shouldn't that be at the Sun?), reports today that George Soros hit the top of this year's Institutional Investor hedge fund earners. Roderick points out that "In comparison, last year's winner, Caxton Associates chief Bruce Kovner, earned $600 million." Of course, Rowdy Roddy does not point out one of Mr. Kovner's other associations. . .an association, come to think of it, which may help explain why Cousin Brucie didn't make quite as much money last year, what with having to funnel it into a dying money pit of a publication and all.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Eli Flake writes today on the resurrection of Committee on the Present Danger, under which Senator Lieberman has organized all manner of loons and professional pussies. Combining Mr. Lake's "reportage" with the Committe's blurred vision statement yields a tonic heady enough to fell even the heratiest among the Sunni storm troops. It even knocked me for a loop.

The Committee seeks to set against those "who love freedom around the world" against the "authoritarian and tyrannical world view of Islamic terrorist ideology." Minge Decter, quoted by Flake, tells us that we can fight and win this battle - presumably by furthering the freedom we love - by minimizing the "tremendous amount of irresponsible resistance to the measures taken to protect us here." While she was referring here only to the domestic suppression of liberty via the PATRIOT Act, we can note the international corollary in which unelected strongmen with possible penchants for summary execution are inflicted on a hapless citizenry. I am still trying to square this most round of circles. What, after all, is it when one seeks to fight an allegedly freedom-hating enemy by revoking those very same freedoms? Call it appeasement, call it paradoxical, call it nonsensical. Or, for brevity sake, call it the editorial line of the Sun.

Well maybe Richard Perle, who appears briefly in the article, will figure it all out when he gets back. Flake wasn't able to get much out of Perle, "speaking" as he was "from his summer home in France." Guess he didn't get the memo.
In today’s New York Sun, Pia Catton reports on the efforts of the Kerry and Bush campaigns to make their respective candidates look “manly.” In Kerry’s corner, she quotes Marc Malkin, “news director of Us Weekly,” as opining, “Mr. Kerry is so much more masculine. I saw that windsurfing photo and thought he was totally hunky. . . . He’s butch. Kerry has what, three purple hearts? Bush has, what was it, the National Guard?” [I certainly don’t want to make any judgments about Mr. Malkin’s personal preferences, but would it not be shocking if, for some reason, Pia wanted to find a gay guy to talk about Kerry in order to further the Kerry/gay association being promoted by some on the right? Just wondering.] As to Bush’s manliness, Pia writes, “others go absolutely ga-ga over President Bush looking all tan and virile in jeans and that tan Carhart jacket. The belt buckle alone puts the sex in Texas.” Now, far as I can tell, nobody is cited as having said this, so obviously this is Pia’s personal opinion. Which, from what I understand, is not especially something “journalists” are supposed to do that much.

Still, can you blame Pia for getting all hot and bothered and drooling over Manly Bush as if she were Emmett Tyrrell? After all, according to well informed sources, Pia filed for divorce from fellow Sun writer Jay Nordlinger (no slouch in the manliness department himself) a while back. So Pia may understandably have let her standards drop a bit. But have no fear, Pia! I am here to help. A little color, some new caps, and a little relaxation, and soon you’ll be yourself again, attracting unwanted attention from that certain special someone!

Monday, July 19, 2004
Further along Ira's War we find our Iranian friends again making out like bandits.
Did the Iranian state aid and abet the 9-11 hijackers? With our military bogged down in the long twilight struggle, could we do anything about it even if they did?
And now "free" Iraq is ready to cozy up to the mullahs. So much for the New Middle East.


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