OK, OK, the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun--they both suck. It's obvious from their slimy statements in their own defense ("we bought it legally, and after all we gave it a good review") neither learned one of the very first lessons of responsible journalism (as driven into my head by my wonderful high school journalism teacher) that just because you have the right to publish something doesn't mean you should. Much like just because you have the right to be an asshole, doesn't mean you should. (For further elaboration, read this article--this guy gets it!)
Seriously, according to the Bloomsbury press release, all 39 other countries have managed to hold the 12:01 British time embargo--39! As JKR said:
"I am staggered that American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children, who wanted to reach Harry's final destination by themselves, in their own time. I am incredibly grateful to all those newspapers, booksellers and others who have chosen not to attempt to spoil Harry's last adventure for fans."
If you are compelled to write nasty letters, as I was, send them to email@example.com.
However, having done all I can to protest, from this point on, I'm done with that. I'm putting it out of my mind. I've looked forward to tomorrow for way too long to dwell on the negative. And in that vein, see my next few posts.