'Goodnight and Good Luck'

There is something very sad about the death of a newspaper.

It's not like the death of any other business. For many of us, the very concept of a newspaper is a noble undertaking, one that should be respected and preserved.

In this case, the loss of The New York Sun is particularly depressing. This was a fine, fair, and vital publication that brought conservative views to a city that desperately needs them. They featured scintillating op-eds from the entire spectrum of political thought on the issues of the day. And invariably, they were on the mark when it came to analyzing and editorializing on what was wrong with America, especially New York City.

With a publisher like Seth Lipsky, it's hard to see how the Sun could have failed. Here is the essence of journalism distilled by Lipsky in his farewell to
Sun employees:

So we are at this sad moment. It is sad for any newspaper to go out of publication, and it is particularly sad for one that is as loved as much as all of us here love The New York Sun and the readers we have won in our six-and-a-half years of publication. But I want you to know that the decision to close the paper has not been an acrimonious one. It is a logical decision following a hard-headed assessment of our chances of meeting our goal of profitable publication in the near future.

This was always a risk, and all the greater is the heroism of our financial backers. Even at the end they were offering millions of dollars if we could find the partners we needed. I don't mind saying to you, as I have to them, that I very much regret - I will always regret - that we were not able to return to them the capital that they invested in us. Yet we have not heard a single regret from any of them on this head, which underscores the fact that it was not only for the possibility of profit that they invested in this newspaper. They invested also for other ideals, as well.

They invested in the ideal of the scoop, the notion that news is the spirit of democracy, and in the principles for which we have stood in our editorial pages - limited and honest government, equality under our Constitution and the law, free markets, sound money, and a strong foreign policy in support of freedom and democracy. They liked the way the Sun reflected the dynamism of our city and spoke for its interests in the national debate.

They invested, too, in the joy with which you illuminated the cultural life of New York, in our willingness to spring to the defense of so many who are not always defended, in the thrill of our sports coverage, the verve and warmth of our society coverage, and in our efforts to bring together a community and give it voice.

An important voice has been stilled today. We wish the employees and staff of the Sun all the best and hope they land on their feet.
There is something very sad about the death of a newspaper.

It's not like the death of any other business. For many of us, the very concept of a newspaper is a noble undertaking, one that should be respected and preserved.

In this case, the loss of The New York Sun is particularly depressing. This was a fine, fair, and vital publication that brought conservative views to a city that desperately needs them. They featured scintillating op-eds from the entire spectrum of political thought on the issues of the day. And invariably, they were on the mark when it came to analyzing and editorializing on what was wrong with America, especially New York City.

With a publisher like Seth Lipsky, it's hard to see how the Sun could have failed. Here is the essence of journalism distilled by Lipsky in his farewell to
Sun employees:

So we are at this sad moment. It is sad for any newspaper to go out of publication, and it is particularly sad for one that is as loved as much as all of us here love The New York Sun and the readers we have won in our six-and-a-half years of publication. But I want you to know that the decision to close the paper has not been an acrimonious one. It is a logical decision following a hard-headed assessment of our chances of meeting our goal of profitable publication in the near future.

This was always a risk, and all the greater is the heroism of our financial backers. Even at the end they were offering millions of dollars if we could find the partners we needed. I don't mind saying to you, as I have to them, that I very much regret - I will always regret - that we were not able to return to them the capital that they invested in us. Yet we have not heard a single regret from any of them on this head, which underscores the fact that it was not only for the possibility of profit that they invested in this newspaper. They invested also for other ideals, as well.

They invested in the ideal of the scoop, the notion that news is the spirit of democracy, and in the principles for which we have stood in our editorial pages - limited and honest government, equality under our Constitution and the law, free markets, sound money, and a strong foreign policy in support of freedom and democracy. They liked the way the Sun reflected the dynamism of our city and spoke for its interests in the national debate.

They invested, too, in the joy with which you illuminated the cultural life of New York, in our willingness to spring to the defense of so many who are not always defended, in the thrill of our sports coverage, the verve and warmth of our society coverage, and in our efforts to bring together a community and give it voice.

An important voice has been stilled today. We wish the employees and staff of the Sun all the best and hope they land on their feet.