From avclub.com's The Hater:
The New York Times On Lost, Anti-Abortion Activists, Heroes
A Wednesday afternoon game of make-believe:
Let's say you're a TV critic for The New York Times—more specifically, you're a TV critic for The New York Times who is notorious for getting basic facts completely wrong, Alessandra Stanley—and you want to write an article about Lost, which is back from a three-month hiatus tonight, and that's a pretty big story (at least for a television critic). The problem is, you haven't seen Lost since, oh, the pilot episode. Do you a). Spend all night watching most of the episodes and doing the necessary research or b.) Just wing it, and talk about Heroes, the supernatural, and random scholarly websites a lot, and hope no one notices?
We can stop playing right now because judging by today's New York Times, the real Alessandra Stanley chose b:
Uh-huh. Wait. What? If the popularity of supernatural TV shows means it's the end of the world as we know it, then shouldn't it have ended back when Samantha on Bewitched first twiched her nose?
But it gets even worse. After a long discussion of Heroes (anything to avoid talking about the specifics of Lost!), we're treated to this sobering characterization of the fans of "supernatural" TV dramas:
Good analogy. Although there is a small difference in the degree of the "intensity" of anti-abortion activists and Lost fanatics—one group uses bombs, while the other posts messages in chat rooms—still, the similarities are striking.
But Stanley had to mention a few facts about Lost—afterall, that's what the article was about—and, true to form, she got most of them wrong:
Not exactly. But close. Jack is poised to either fix the artery he slashed near Henry/Ben's kidney, or let him bleed to death. And Kate was never going to be executed. Still, close enough. It was only the biggest plot point in the last episode of the show you're writing an entire article about.
Walt's not missing. He sailed off with his dad in the last episode of season two—which was another major plot point, not just something that those anti-abortion-activist-level-crazy Lost fans would know about.