There’s a strange non-review of An American Carol in last week’s Time magazine. It begins like this:
There are the things you admit to in Hollywood–that you’ve been to rehab, that you wrecked your first marriage, that it took 12 people to pick out your outfit. And then there’s the thing you don’t admit to: that you vote Republican. “I preface it by saying I’ve been convicted of child molestation, and that breaks the ice,” says director David Zucker of sharing his political views with liberal-leaning colleagues. “Then being Republican doesn’t seem so bad to them.”
You can read the rest here. Non-review movie articles are certainly not unheard of in the newsweeklies, though they often accompany a review, which is not the case here. It is also noteworthy that this article does not carry the byline of Richard Corliss, Time‘s main movie guy.
I would suggest that Time‘s curious treatment of this right-wing satire tells us a lot about how effective conservative criticism has been in spooking the “MSM” (MainStream Media) into a posture of cowering deference. I suspect that Time wouldn’t dare review this movie — rather, they wouldn’t dare review it negatively; and since the consensus of those who have reviewed it seems to be that it stinks, that means it’s safer not to review it at all.