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;Whatever it takes

;After reading Bob Whitby's article "Time to go" [May 31] I can't say I was surprised. After all, what Mr. Whitby calls reporting is nothing new to journalism; it's simply redefining news.


;Mr. Whitby's lack of journalism values have allowed him to prioritize his own set of guidelines by enhancing stories with elements of conflict, drama, antagonism and tension for the sole purpose of increasing readership. Mr. Whitby's obvious lack of training and exposure to formal journalistic values are evident. After all, most of his stories are stamped from the same cookie-cutter philosophy of "whatever it takes to get readers."


;Mr. Whitby's form of "whatever it takes" journalism has become a weekly catalyst for nasty behavior and bad reporting. As editor his opinion has a direct impact on Orlando Weekly's values. Yet he has single-handedly managed to turn OW into an uncivilized environment with his weekly attacks, which include sabotaging his victims with his complete lack of ethics. It all boils down to the Golden Rule, Mr. Whitby: Treat others the way you would like to be treated.


;Television shock jock Don Imus' comments were often antagonistic and cruel, but his ratings were very strong. Everyone, including politicians and journalists, wanted to appear on his show. But even Imus was eventually held accountable for his form of sensational journalism. Mr. Whitby, maybe it's time you were held responsible for your "whatever it takes" form of journalism.


;I have lived in District 4 for 44 years and I have seen politicians come and go, but I can't remember ever having seen a city commissioner do more for her district and ask less. The high standards of values and ethics maintained by commissioner Patty Sheehan on a daily basis are a proven track record that puts her way out of your league, Bob.


; Greg Adams, Orlando

;;For the kids

;You must be kidding when you say, "The adults who would appreciate the jokes are unlikely to dare to be the lone childless person at a cartoon" [Film reviews, Ratatouille, June 28]. Pixar and Disney have made some of the best movies of the last 20 years. I don't have kids, but I do have an extensive DVD collection, including Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast (nominated for a best picture Oscar before they had a separate category for animated feature), Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Pulp Fiction. When I go to see Ratatouille this weekend, Ill be keeping my eyes open for all the other lonely adults. I'm sure it'll be packed full of 'em!


;;Anthony Schwarz, via the Internet

;;How dare we

;Instead of reviewing a movie on its own merits, you're reviewing it based upon what [Film reviews, Ratatouille, June 28]? What you believe a movie should be. It's people like you who insist that art should never be more than pre-judged opinions that are the reason why most Hollywood movies never do anything interesting.


;But how dare you insult your readers by assuming that "[t]he adults who would appreciate the jokes are unlikely to dare to be the lone childless person at a cartoon." Just because a movie is animated doesn't mean that it is necessarily only intended for children. And just because the intended audience is for all ages does not mean that sophisticated adults are going to shun a movie.


;If being the only childless person in the audience bothers you, I suggest going to a showing at 10 or 11 at night, when most young children will be in bed. And the audience will be full of adults.


;Jill E. Krupnik, via the Internet

;Dead on

;Of all the critics covered by Rotten Tomatoes, you're the only one who got it right! I was seduced by the other rave reviews, and now that I've seen Ratatouille [Film reviews, Ratatouille, June 28] myself, I think they were on autopilot. I wish I had read your review before seeing it. Ratatouille is technically brilliant, but a snore and a bore. You were dead on!


;;David Schatzky, Toronto ; ; ; ;

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