"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 30, 2004
Wordsmith Pia Catton has the goods on the most important issues facing America. First there was the candidates' relative manliness. Also the crucial issue of the Democrat's perceived metrosexuality.

Now we have the all-important question of which campaign has the hottest daughters. To wit(less):

"When it comes to the hottest daughters on the presidential campaign trail, the votes won’t have to be recounted, sorted, or investigated. This matter is sealed: the blondes are out and the brunettes are in.

"'It’s a race between Barbara Bush and Alexandra Kerry.They should be in a reality show,' Tom Basile, 40, a telecommunications executive, said in dissing their blonde counterparts, Jenna Bush and Vanessa Kerry. "


"'Barbara has nice lips and nice legs. She looks like my girlfriend,' said Scott Soule, a 28-year-old chef at a Union Square hot spot. In spite of his choice, he was willing to cross party lines and pronounced Ms. Kerry passable.

"'Barbara Bush is hot,' said Varun Bhartiya, 20, a student at Cooper Union, who added with less certitude: 'And Alexandra Kerry.' "

As anyone who regularly reads the Sun's dreadful copy can aver, this is by far the best campaign coverage to appear thus far in the arch-conservative daily leaflet.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Today the Sun’s Josh Gerstein resigned his position as a “reporter” to take a new job as an editorialist, and, at that, as one the lowest caliber (i.e., one for the New York Sun). Gerstein drops any pretense of objectivity in favor of a full-on assault on the Democratic Convention, and SethAndIra would likely have it no other way. Lots of funny stuff here, my favorite being Josh’s lament that Ron Reagan was “the closest thing to a conservative on the podium last night.” WHA?? The Democrats didn’t have any conservatives speak at their convention? Outrage! Seriously, Josh, that would be as stupid as the Republicans having liberals speak at their. . . um, never mind.

Anyway, Josh writes that “critics have described” John Kerry’s legislative record as “unimpressive.” Since none are quoted, we can assume those critics are named “Josh Gerstein.” Mentioning that a 13-year-old girl took the stage to mock Dick Cheney’s use of “fuck you”, Josh coyly chides that the girl didn’t go on to chastise Teresa Heinz Kerry’s use of “shove it.” Ah, conservative humor. Josh, shove it. And also, fuck you. He just drones on and on, using the word liberal over and over, until you just want to kill yourself in the most painful way possible. For example, by reading “The Collected Writings of Josh Gerstein.”

(By the way, Josh, you wrote, “Mr. Obama is widely favored to win after
the Republican nominee withdrew following disclosures about his sex life.” Actually, Obama was widely favored to win before those disclosures, but you work for the Sun, where facts are worth your weight in New York Sun futures options.)

Anyway, I’m having an awesome time here in Boston, blogging with my fellow bloggers and changing the face of journalism via blog. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be something like “blogtastic.”

Today I was hoping to see Old Ironsides, Bunker Hill, and the Museum of Fine Arts today, but I overslept. Maybe tomorrow.

Starting to get worried about Grady and Quentin though. . .

Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Let’s say that you are a “paper” which has been repeatedly accused by some of inflating circulation. In addition, it has been stated that you charge one cent to wholesalers while the cover price is 25 cents, thereby removing incentive for the dealers to return unsold copies, thus inflating circulation numbers (scroll down). What would be the best thing for you to do? Hire a circulation executive fired from the Chicago Sun-Times, of course! And make sure he was fired “amid a circulation scandal there”! This is truly a great article; brilliant how Arango and Kelly point out that the Sun’s current circulation manager is engaged to yet another fired circulation manager (Newsday’s)! Sad to hear about my boy Kummel, though. . . Poignant.

Meanwhile, day 2 from Boston, and things are going great! All of us bloggers are changing the face of blog-journalism through our blogging capabilities, and the world of blogging will never be the same! I still haven’t found Grady or Quentin yet, but I did see that Wonkette chick --- she’s pretty hot. (Not that you aren’t, honey! See you in a few days!)

I also keep trying to find the New York Sun’s correspondents on the scene, Josh Gerstein and Luiza Ch. Savage. I’ll keep looking; I may have been able to get a photo of Josh and Luiza Ch., but I’m not sure if it’s them.

Tonight, our man Obama! Illinois pride!

Monday, July 26, 2004
Greetings from Boston! Yes, that’s right, I, Brad Olson, am here at the Democratic convention with many of the other outstanding bloggers of the universe, here to blog about all of the bloggable things that can be blogged about! It is truly an exciting time to be a blogger, and I for one am happy to do my part in changing the face of journalism.

I got in yesterday and immediately went to pick up my credentials. I had hoped to meet up with local boys SethAndIra, so they could show me how to get around this crazy town (note to my fellow Pawnees; they sure make cities big out here!). I checked in at some of their likely hangouts, to no avail, so wandered into a tavern to meet some locals and pick up some Beantown flavor. I must say, these Bostonians are quite friendly. But expensive. And I lost track of Grady and Quentin somewhere in the Combat Zone. But I’m sure they’re OK.

Anyway, gotta run, tomorrow I’ll let you know about the first night of convention!


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