Show Reviews

The Newsroom

I’d like to start this post by thanking Jared and Kyal for their patience. I also want to apologize for this being my first post on this website, despite Jared “hiring” me nearly three months ago.

Let’s get into it.

As an aspiring journalist, when I first heard of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” I was thrilled. However, as someone who veers slightly to the right politically, I was weary, especially with Aaron Sorkin at the helm. But, I can stand a little bias. I’m not one of those people who cry around when someone takes little jabs at their beliefs. When done correctly and with artistry, I can appreciate that.

The first episode of “The Newsroom” was, in my opinion, fantastic, despite what many critics said. Only few shows have captivated me with their characters alone. I loved the rapport between Jim Harper and Maggie Jordan in the show. I loved the rapport between Will McAvoy and McHenzie McHale. I thought their characters and respective relationships were enthralling. I also noticed a liberal slant, but it wasn’t too bad. I can say I fell in love with the show after the pilot ended. Sure, the newsroom itself was very dramatized. But, we as viewers don’t watch television to see exactly what happens. We want to see creativity and imagination. That’s the feeling I got after the credits rolled after the first episode.

The last two episodes, however, have left a nasty taste in my mouth, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because McHale and McAvoy strive to bring the American people the real news. They go out and champion for the truth. At the end of the third episode, Charlie Skinner (who is one of my favorite characters in the history of television), the news division president, and Leona Lansing, the CEO of the whole thing, have a heated argument. Lansing says that the GOP bashing has got to stop. Here’s what gets to me the most. Skinner retorts by saying that all they are doing is reporting the truth. To Sorkin, the truth is that liberals are geniuses and conservatives are morons.

I honestly don’t believe I’m saying this because of my views. There are geniuses and morons on both sides of the political spectrum. I think any reasonable person can agree. I also believe that most politicians, liberals and conservatives, do what they think is best for our country. But to blatantly make one party appear so fantastically superior to another the way Sorkin is doing with “The Newsroom” makes it nearly unwatchable. I would say the same thing if Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly were the creators of the show and had a completely biased agenda of their own.

My problem isn’t because the liberal agenda. My problem is with the complete and utter sense of elitism.

That being said, I am torn. On one side, I love the show because of the character development. I’m rooting for Harper to win over the girl, even though I actually like Don Keefer, Maggie’s on and off boyfriend. I’m rooting for a sense of closeness between McHale and McAvoy. Sorkin writes so well and it really draws the viewer in to the characters.

On the other side, I can’t stand the show. I can’t stand Sorkin’s smug jabs at the GOP. I can’t stand how he thinks liberals are God’s gift to Earth. I can’t stand the sense of nobility and integrity “The Newsroom” prides itself on when it operates on such an agenda.

I don’t think I’m the only person, liberal or conservative, who thinks this way. If Sorkin would to tone it down a little bit, he would draw in more viewers. If Sorkin didn’t write every episode while thinking, “Zing! I got you again you republican idiots!,” the show would be more successful and have a more balanced structure. Because I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

1 reply »

  1. Remember that Jeff Daniel’s character is supposed to be a proud member of the GOP. I consider myself moderate, but many of the facts and news stories from the show do check out for the most part. I have found a few exaggerations, but not nearly as many as I think you have seen. They are reporting facts for the most part and tackled a lot of key stories from 2011 in their first season.

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