Tuesday, July 24, 2007

"Thorns and Flowers" Develops Alzheimer's

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 8:53 AM

Longtime readers of this blog know that in the blog's early days--like, say, this time last year--I often had a field day mocking the Star editorial page's "Thorns and Flowers" feature.

Well, I haven't mocked "Thorns and Flowers" much lately, because after a while, making fun of something so pathetic starts to seem, well, pathetic in and of itself.

But I can't help but note that "Thorns and Flowers" has completely freaking lost it: The Star has gone out on a limb the size of a thimble to give a thorn to the Easy Bake Oven—twice in the last four days, on the paper's Web site Saturday and again today.

Oh. My. God. Let's read, shall we?

A thorn to the Easy Bake oven and its parent company, Hasbro Inc., for needing to recall the beloved toy for the second time in less than a year.

The Associated Press reported in Friday's Star that Hasbro recalled 985,000 of the toys in February and offered a free repair kit.

However, the company has received an additional 249 reports of children's injuries since the first recall. The company wants all owners to exchange the ovens for a Hasbro product voucher.

While the company seems to be trying to address safety concerns, the oven has been around for 40 years. A rational person would think the safety kinks would have been worked out.

For more information, oven owners can call 1-800-601-8418 or go online to www.easybake.com or www.cpsc.gov.

The Star may make the argument that they ran this--twice!--in an effort to get the word out about the recall, lest children get hurt. But, lord, the Opinion page is not the place for this.

Real opinion pages take principled stands, run engaging columnists and try to shape a community. They don't stutter about Easy Bake Ovens.

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