I don’t normally write about politics, but the new HBO series The Newsroom has me thinking about our recent history and just what politics entails. The show was created by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing fame. I never watched The West Wing and I really can’t tell you why. Perhaps it’s because I wasn’t that involved in our country’s future or perhaps I felt it was not that “real” for me.
This is not the case with The Newsroom. The first episode dealt with the usual drama of the main characters played by Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. You know the story: boy meets girl; boy loses girl; girl wants him back, etc. But the backdrop of this new series began with the BP oil spill. That was riveting — BP’s denying they could not cap the well. All the explaining of the destruction that uncapped well would cause. That’s what caught my attention, and that’s why I’m now hooked on this historical, fictional newsroom.
The third episode is entitled “The 112th Congress.” Naturally it has the continuing “boy/girl” saga, but this particular episode talks about The Tea Party, The Koch Brothers and political ramifications involved with what’s currently happening in this election year.
I would suggest you watch this show and decide for yourself if you like it. If nothing else, the historical backdrop will make you think and isn’t that important during this election year?