The New York Sun has folded. Wait, you mean to say you haven't heard of the New York Sun? That's pretty standard. If you have heard of it, it's probably for one of three reasons:
1. The "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus" editorial. Now strictly speaking, this 1897 editorial was in a previous incarnation of the New York Sun that has nothing to do with the version that just folded, but still.
2. The New York Sun crossword. If you're a crossword nut you know about the Sun crossword, which is considered to be the #1 or #1a crossword in the country (with the New York Times). This loss is what hurts me personally the most about losing this newspaper, though I don't love the idea of a bunch of people losing their jobs, either.
3. The New York Sun's reputation for being the neo-conservative answer to the New York Times. The Sun was very right-wing, and as a tribute to the Sun's passing, I thought I'd post some of the highlights from their editorial pages. Just a small sampling follows:
- Not one, but two editorials encouraging Dick Cheney to run for president in 2008. What a brilliant idea! Yes, let's "[extend] Mr. Bush's campaign for freedom around the world" by electing Dick Cheney! Worried about Cheney's dismal approval rating hurting his chances? Don't be. After all, "[i]f Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans start receiving copies of [then-recent biography] 'Cheney' in their mailboxes, Mr. Cheney's popularity may yet begin to climb." Both are stunning editorials and need to be read.
- David Petraeus for the Nobel Peace Prize! Yet another brilliant idea. Why didn't I think of that? It stands to reason that they also thought he should run for president.
- More recently, it turns out that taxing health care benefits is a great idea! If you need a debunking, you can find one here.
- And finally, an editorial saying that Joe Lieberman "would be a fabulous running mate for Mr. McCain." Think they'd say that if he wasn't one of them?