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Come Under Fire

The English expression to come under fire means to be criticized. Since there are a lot of things in this world that people don’t like, there are also a lot of things that come under fire. Let’s look at some recent headlines to see some examples:

Cost of Pope’s Visit Comes Under Fire in Crisis-Hit Spain
- newsinfo.inquirer.com, 9 August 2011, Daniel Silva
Romney Comes Under Fire from Gingrich, Democrats
- realclearpolitics.com, 18 November 2011, The Associated Press
SpongeBob Comes Under Fire
abcnews.go.com, September 12 2011, video, ABC News

I was particularly interested in watching the video referred to in the last article
Spongebob Comes Under Fire. In it, the famous children’s television show, Spongebob Squarepants, comes under fire. According to the television report, a study presented by a pediatrics journal criticizes the show and questions its value for small children. Can you think of reasons why Spongebob Squarepants would come under fire? Click on the ABC News link above to find out why some experts find this show harmful. Do you agree with their opinions?

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