I have major issues with the LDS Church's (largely anonymous) Newsroom commentaries. In response to the upcoming Big Love episode they released a commentary which can be read here:
While I agree with some of the content of the commentary, I find some of it laughable. For example, they refer to South Park's "All About the Mormons" episode as "a gross portrayal of Church history." Oh really?
Here is something from a blog post I wrote a while back.
I want to begin with a short quiz.
Question 1: Which of these images comes from a South Park episode and begins with the disclaimer that "all characters and events in this show - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional"?
Question 2: Which of these images comes from the LDS Church-produced film, "Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration" and was touted as being "historically accurate"?
Question 3: Which of these images portrays the method with which Joseph Smith used to translate the golden plates?
Question 4: Which of these images portrays a "gross portrayal of Church history"?
the answers - 1:a 2:b 3:a 4:b
Compare the following images from the Church's official website about Joseph Smith with historical statements by Joseph's friends and family who witnessed the translation process.