The Newsroom And Politics

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?

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6 Responses to The Newsroom And Politics

  1. gold account says:

    Sorkin lacks this type of curiosity, so The Newsroom was bound to fail. In the pilot, McAvoy’s staff gets its scoops about the leaking oil platform not through work, but by a pure coincidence of connections by one of the staffers. Sure it happens sometimes, but throwing it out in the very first episode invalidates the entire concept behind the show and turns it into a celebration of newsroom connections by D.C. media elites. At one point, a staffer spits out scientific information about why underwater oil drilling presents such a geological hazard. When asked how he knew this information, the answer is not, “I’ve been studying this for the past two hours while you dipshits have been arguing about ‘speaking truth to stupid’ and referencing Don Quixote.” Instead he says he built a volcano once for a school science fair, which is insulting to everybody involved.

    • sandrabranum says:

      I am posting your comments, not because I agree and certainly don’t want anyone buying gold bars on my account, but because I feel you do have some valid points regarding this HBO program. The Newsroom is meant to be entertaining, and therefore can’t be “real” or the program’s watchers would become bored and turn on something else. The show has alreaday been renewed for a 2nd season, and personally I feel that the staffer you mention who built the volcano for science fair is a brainiac and mentioned the volcano simply because he wanted to impress his fellow staffers.

      What I particularly like about this show is how the political/historical events are entwined in the episodes. I watch because I’m intrigued by just what event they will use and how it’s included in the story.

      I welcome comments to see just who agrees and disagrees with me. Regards, Sandra

      • dandahan4 says:

        Interesting assumption that audiences cannot accept real life drama or realistic story portraits on TV?
        Many may find unrealistic, way out stories very challenging and reach for the controls/switch to adverts else where as a better script?

        Maybe your assumption is appropriate… that would explain why such c..p is produced.

      • sandrabranum says:

        I think that’s the real reason why so much reality tv is now being produced instead of the often heard excuse: it’s cheaper. Most people don’t realize that it’s not “real.” Extra hours of film is shot and then it’s edited down to show what ever the producers want you to see. Besides that, even reality tv has some sort of script. If not, it wouldn’t say written by “so-and-so” in the credits!

  2. The Newsroom’s sexual politics have been problematic from the start, and Sunday night’s “I Will Try to Fix You” kept right at it. Women: Aren’t they crazy? Why are they so frivolous? Why can’t they be more serious — you know, like how men are? We’ll grant that it’s hard to write good characters, credible characters, textured characters, and it’s not like the men of Newsroom are all perfect; they are dumb and noisy, too, sometimes. What the show’s fourth episode drove home was that within the Aaron Sorkin world, there’s no insult more grave than being a woman. “I’m concerned about the rest of us being turned into a bunch of old ladies with hair-dryers on our heads,” Will snapped at one of his dates on Sunday’s episode. That’s his nightmare, his fear: that our culture has become too invested in gossip or reality TV, which are feminine concerns. Later in the episode, Gabrielle Giffords gets shot. Thank God something important happened — like six people dying — so the noble staff of News Night With Will MacAvoy could cut in to the nightmarish senselessness of a fashion TV show.

    • sandrabranum says:

      Your points are valid, but I must remind you that if you look at US politics, especially in the southern states, you will find many men who have the same mentality desplayed by the men of The Newsroom. I look forward to more of your posts. Regards, Sandra

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