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The NYT irritates me to no end.

Two days in a row, the New York Times has published an uncalled-for slant in their e-mail news updates. Yesterday, some dumb reviewer panned the new VeggieTales Pirates-who-don't-do-anything movie, starting with an insinuation that "...borrowing the signature word from the title of someone else’s very popular trilogy and hoping people will turn up at your film thinking that Johnny Depp is providing the voices" is a main marketing point. Doesn't this guy know that the Pirates predate anything having to do with the cinematic Jack Sparrow?? And knowing the usual quality of the VeggieTales movies, I sincerely doubt that this one's quality is merely on par with that of Saturday morning cartoons.... I mean, I've seen the cartoons they show these days! Phhht. Awful stuff, and boring. VeggieTales is certainly not that, not even as an adult (my parents enjoy them, as I still do).

Then today, there's an article about five homeschooled children (the emphasis might as well be theirs) who were killed, and their mom is being charged; while explicitly denying any link between homeschooling and child abuse ("For sure, the fact that Ms. Jacks’s children last attended school in March in no way accounts for their deaths"), the article nevertheless implies that, had the children not been removed from school last March, their bodies would not have been found stabbed and strangled recently (in several statements saying that homeschoolers "get out of" the best "surveillance" for monitoring abuse). Seriously, to read the article you'd think "oh no! Homeschooled kids disappear from the face of the earth when they're not in school!" when this case is in fact an anomaly.

Bah. I wish WORLD sent out daily news updates. Or perhaps I should look into WorldNetDaily?

Comments

Guitarlady said…
If you'll notice on the review of the new VeggieTales movie, although the reviewer panned it, both comments attached to the article are quite positive and give it a high rating.
Nameless Seeker said…
i read a review by Christianity today. It sounds like its a decent movie, but in plot terms it was a little weak at points. it always depends on the critic as well...
Anonymous said…
One of the local papers here actually said it was a decent movie, amazingly. Even better than Jonah, the guy said. He didn't know what a rutabaga looks like though... That was highly disappointing to me, as a grocery store employee...
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megan said…
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RS said…
Hm. And see, that's the thing about movie reviews: so much depends on the habits & tastes of the individual reviewer, that it's hard to judge from a single review if a given movie is going to be any good!

I don't know what a rutabaga looks like either.... :-P

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