"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, September 02, 2004
 
I am into this Daniel Gross column over at Slate.

Highlight:

"In the end, Hollinger did invest $2.5 million in February 2003 in Trireme Partners. True to its name, Perle's venture firm has set about to try to ream its partners. According to the Breeden report, Hollinger's $2.5 million investment in the fund is worth only $1.5 million—a loss of 40 percent in one year."

Sounds like the same folks who came up with the Sun's business plan.

Read the rest.
 
The low-wattage moneypit at Chambers Street has decided to give up the fiction that people will actually part with their money to read their online content. They have also evidently decided to drop the pretense of intellectual integrity -- it was mighy thin to begin with -- and just more or less write exactly as if they were the New York Post.

You know, without the scoops, the sizzle, or the circulation.

Meanwhile, btw, the United States government is begging the U.N. to impose sanctions on Iran. Because they are developing nuclear weapons. Real ones, not like Saddam's.

The Sun, which has done everything it can to promote the objectively pro-Iranian Iraqi National Congress, is typically silent.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004
 
Some highlights from today’s must-read, starring (former?) Sun columnist and Lady Black of Carbuncleshire, Barbara Amiel (aka “Amiel Black”):

These expense amounts pale in comparison to Hollinger’s cost in other deals Black engineered for himself or his wife. As described in the Report and in the Illinois Action, Black gave his wife a “no show” corporate post that paid her over $1.1 million but did not require her to do anything. Amiel Black was separately compensated for her services as a writer, though Hollinger paid for her pens, pencils, modems, computers and other office equipment as well as the operating cost of a private telecommunications network (something not given to other columnists) to connect her from multiple locations. Black’s expense practices evidence his attitude that there was no need to distinguish between what belonged to the Company and what belonged to the Blacks. In Hollinger’s world, everything belonged to the Blacks.

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In addition to receiving more than $1 million in dividends since 1999 as a shareholder of Black-Amiel, the Barbadian entity that, as described above, received “management fees” from Hollinger but provided no services to the Company, Amiel Black herself has received compensation directly from Hollinger for providing no real services to the Company. Since 1999 she has received more than $1.1 million in annual salary and bonus payments for serving as Hollinger’s Vice President, Editorial, but the Special Committee found that she performed no meaningful work in return. For example, several people told the Special Committee that — although she was Vice President, Editorial — Amiel Black did not spend any time in Chicago, where a substantial portion of the Company’s newspaper properties (e.g., the Chicago Sun-Times and more than 100 community newspapers) are located.
While Amiel Black did perform work for Hollinger during this period — writing columns for its newspapers and serving on its Board — she was paid for that work in addition to her already excessive annual salary and bonus. Specifically, since 1999 she has received more than $225,000 in director fees and column fees for pieces published in Hollinger newspapers.


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Through a March 29, 2004 letter from her counsel, Amiel Black described $336,300 of this as a “dividend attributable . . . to her work for Hollinger” and claimed to have received another $690,300 as a dividend “at the direction of her husband.”

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On March 5, 2004, the Special Committee sent a letter to Amiel Black asking her, among other things, to describe the services she performed in her capacity as a Hollinger Vice President. She responded on March 29, 2004, through her counsel, and described her contribution to include the following:

-Monitoring the Company’s and competitors’ major publications, assessing the need for changes in format, style and coverage, and reporting and suggesting changes in editorial content . . .

-Participating in significant hiring decisions, evaluating the performance of editorial staff, writers and columnists, and advising senior management on the need for personnel changes . . .

-Channeling resources to editorial by, among other things actively recruiting key writers and columnists . . .

-Providing editorial insights on topics that ranged broadly, including how to improve the circulation base (e.g., by attracting female readers), critiquing works with an eye toward bettering the publications, supplying topics for features, scanning for and forwarding individual pieces for reprinting in order to provide editorial ideas, and dealing privately with writers.

-Helping to maintain a flow of communication between the diverse editorial and management cultures within the Company, acting as a conduit of information and occasionally providing a back door for the concerns of Company journalists, and consulting with journalists and editors throughout Hollinger . . .

-Cultivating contacts both inside and outside the journalism community for the benefit of the Company . . .

-Playing a direct role in shaping the Company’s major publications . . .

This lengthy list amounts to nothing more than euphemisms for ordinary activities such as reading the newspaper, having lunch, and chatting with her husband about current events. The Special Committee found that Amiel Black would not have received her generous salary and bonus were it not for her status as Black’s wife.


Good stuff.
 
500 pages of hurt dropped squarely on the head of one Conrad "Uncle Blackie" Black, the erstwhile operator of a series of vanity presses and propaganda mills whose (stolen) money helps bankroll the fanatical regime of SethAndIranistan.

Don't these ""news""""men"" have any associates who can be received in polite society? Do they circulate strictly within the criminal class? Soon enough the loathsome Jerry Capeci will be writing about his "editors."

Monday, August 30, 2004
 
Predictably, in a SpEditorial today, the Sunshite Boys defended possible spy (sorry: per the Sun’s front page, ‘Spy’) Larry Franklin, noting that “it may be in the end this is not about espionage but, if anything, about the mishandling of classified information by a midlevel official.” Yes, he mishandled the info all the way to Israel’s embassy. Anyway, I just wanted to point out that I loved Eli Lake & Palmer’s take on the story. Eli scrawled, “An avid practitioner of martial arts, Mr. Franklin was a former employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency where he often clashed with senior agency officials on their estimates of Iranian-directed terrorist activities.” I can picture it now, Franklin the martial artist clashing with senior agency officials. . .

 

 
   
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