HBO’s The Newsroom

HBO’s The Newsroom

The Newsroom has come and gone, but I’m playing catch up.  I love this show.  This show pushes for excellence in journalism, a long lost trait of today’s journalistic stories and sensationalism.  It demands better political candidates and via a news program showcases all the ridiculous behavior and words that come out of candidate’s mouths.  It does not hold back.  It challenges what it means to be a Republican or Democrat.  It breaks down stereotypes.

This show takes real world, not-so-distant past events and breaks down the story in a newsroom setting, showing how a broadcast is developed and what stories make the cut and the consequences of those decisions.  As someone who once wanted to pursue journalism I find it absolutely fascinating.

Over and over, Will McAvoy, the head news anchor, stands by his Republican beliefs.  He also is the first to point out absolute nonsense spewed from a Republican candidate’s mouth.  He challenges them.  He questions why they get to run for office.  He defends his ‘Republicanism’ and at the end of season 2 gives a speech that sums up elections today so clearly it is pure brilliance.

“I call myself a Republican because I am one.  I believe in market solutions and I believe in common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world.  That’s about it.  Problem is now I have to be homophobic and count the number of times people go to church.  I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con.  I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride and I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education, intellect, in the 21st century.  The biggest requirement, really the only requirement, is that I have to hate Democrats.”

In defending his News station’s reporting of Republican candidates saying outlandish things:

“If Republicans do 14 crazy things in a month, does that mean the unbiased thing to do would be for us to concoct 13 additional crazy Democrat stories?”

Valid point Will.

I often wonder how Republicans feel.  Do they feel that pressure to conform to a stereotype?  It seems like the candidates definitely do.

Aaron Sorkin has developed and written some incredible shows and films in his day including The West Wing, A Few Good Men, The American President, Moneyball, and The Social Network, but this has to be by far, the most thought provoking and smart show he has ever done.

Donald Trump Disgracing America

Donald Trump Disgracing America

No matter what side of the political fence you stand on, this goes far beyond such labels.  This is about our future, what this means for our children, for our relationship with the world.  It needs to be taken seriously.

Donald Trump has put a place of hatred in my heart and a permanent knot in my stomach.  I am genuinely terrified for the future of this country and what it means for all those I love.  I am a half Mexican, half Slovenian, American born, Chicago native, woman.  2 out of 3 of those are going to make my life here a living hell if Trump is elected.  I cannot even believe it has gotten to the point where I have to say the words “if Trump is elected”.  This bozo has made it this far and I’m truly stunned.

I wish I could write this without the use of vulgar language but there are not enough derogatory words in the dictionary for this poor excuse of a man and human being in general, and if I’m honest, it makes me feel a little better too.

Not only is Trump an arrogant, cruel, greedy asshole, he has now publicly shown more than ever that he despises Mexicans (who apparently are the only “illegals” in this country), wants women to be silenced and their rights removed, loathes “fat” people, being anyone who is just over a size 14, and a woman, anyone woman who isnt beautiful (in his eyes) and on her knees, and feels he has the authority to attack just about anyone on this planet.  He called all black people ‘lazy’.  He hashes out verbal attacks on China and Mexico.  Bullying is his answer to any problem and will get us nowhere fast as a country.

Let me first start with his hatred of Mexicans.  I can guarantee you, he has thousands of Mexicans working at his establishments.  So he hates them but has no problem if they’re in a ‘slave’ role for his greater good.  Say whatever you want about the Mexicans, but the large majority of them work their tails off and deal with being shit on, on a daily basis to provide for themselves and their families.  And NEWS FLASH, guess what???  Not ALL are illegal immigrants.  That’s right!  Some were born here in America so sorry Donald, you cant get rid of all of them no matter how hard you try.  And the Mexicans being rapists comments?  In no context is that appropriate.  If you look at legitimate crime statistics, Trump could not have been further off about his comments with Mexicans and crime.

This is a fantastic fact-checking article by The Washington Post about Trump’s allegations on Mexicans. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/08/donald-trumps-false-comments-connecting-mexican-immigrants-and-crime/

I need to digress for a moment, so please indulge me.

I could write pages and pages about the comments I hear on a regular basis about the Mexican community.  The comments are so ignorant and commonplace that it makes me insane.  If anyone does not realize how much Mexicans contribute to our society, even if you see them as the ‘bottom rung’, you need a good slap in the face.  These people aren’t stealing your jobs.  They aren’t raking in tons of dough.  They’re doing the jobs no one else wants to or would do for the pay they make and the way they are treated.  If companies pay them “under the table” that is the fault of the companies, not the employees, and it is not a Mexican specific thing.  And there are hundreds of thousands of Mexican people who have corporate jobs, or jobs that are not strictly mowing lawns, cooking and cleaning. I happen to be one of those, know hundreds more personally, and also know those who mow lawns, clean hotel rooms and are busboys.  You know what we all have in common?  We work our asses off to make a living, we have big families (yes, we like babies, get over it) and most of us speak Spanish. A quick aside: it’s so funny to me how people love hearing Americans speak Italian, French, and Greek, but when it comes to Spanish, the knee-jerk response is, you’re in America!  Learn English.  Even though most are bilingual.

I had to at least say that much.  That was my rant within my rant.  Now back onto Trump.

Another thing to keep in mind with immigration is that many people are quick to assume that Hispanic people are the only immigrants or they forget that that is far from the truth.  There’s a lot of illegal immigrants of all races and nationalities.  So while some may want to take away rights or kick out the Mexicans, just remember it applies to a lot more people than just one nationality.

Onto women.  As a woman, I’m always in fear of anyone who touts women as less than men, less than a person, only good for her looks or worse; anyone who questions women’s basic rights.  Trump has expressed all of these views and then some when it comes to women.  He routinely degrades women publicly.  Here are just a handful of comments made by this misogynist.  http://fortune.com/2015/08/09/trump-insult-women-history/  Do the women who support Trump not have daughters, nieces?  Do they have no self-respect?  Do they really want THIS person representing them?

Now forget if you aren’t Mexican or a female for a moment, and just a human being.  Trump bashed John McCain, the only Republican I could ever get behind in my lifetime thus far.  There is no scenario on this earth where insulting a war veteran is acceptable.  And I think in most people’s eyes, anyone willing to go to war for us is everything that encompasses a hero.

“He’s not a war hero,” the billionaire presidential candidate said in Iowa, stunning an audience of Christian conservatives whose cheers dissolved into boos and murmurs. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

There are also a lot of past occurrences that make me despise this man.  One of the biggest things to happen that made me realize what a genuine bully Trump is, was when he demanded to see President Obama’s birth certificate.  Not only did this random citizen demand this of our PRESIDENT but he did it while saying:

“Now, I have a deal for the President. … If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice — inner-city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, anything he wants, a check, immediately, for $5 million.”

This was directly after Hurricane Sandy had hit and that area was in desperate need of money to help relief efforts.  How dare this filthy rich man make demands on our president, and strategically at a time when it was most needed, essentially asking the President, “do you care enough about the American people to allow this donation”?

A significantly less important occurrence was Trump’s marring of the Chicago River ‘skyline’ with his obnoxious stamp on his building, and his trying to surpass the Sears Tower as the tallest building in the world.  I would not be surprised if both of these were a direct result of Obama not caving into his ludicrous demands, knowing how much Obama cares about Chicago.

It’s also worth mentioning his companies have filed for bankruptcy four times.  I understand that in business this can be standard procedure when a business is failing.  Here’s my issue with it.  This man has money.  His empire has money.  His other companies have money.  He is as rich as rich gets.  He could easily bail himself out of situations, or just take the damn loss, but instead is screwing over the investors in these companies, the vendors he uses (everything from the people who provide paper products to food to maintenance services), his staff and anyone else he and his companies owed money to, just to save his ass on 4 properties when there are hundreds more that are successful.

Did I mention he has no political experience?  How is having no political experience, just money, allow you to even get your foot in the door in running for president?  That’s like handing over NASA to a college grad who took a science course.  It’s completely asinine.  This is not a governor position, this is the presidency.  It is not to be taken lightly, nor taken with a resume consisting of no experience.

I wish I could understand how anyone could and would support such a hateful, bully of a man who seems to shit on anyone who is not an American born, caucasian male, who was not captured in war.  I never will get it, and I really hope for the sake of this country and the world, this man never makes it to office.

I had to repost these images, especially of the women, because if you know one of these people, someone please put some sense into their thick heads.  He is not a Beatle, and this is not a concert.  Clowns.

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A woman with her baby shows excitement when the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets them after he speaks at a campaign pep rally, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A woman with her baby shows excitement when the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets them after he speaks at a campaign pep rally, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.”  

Yes Donald. You are making it more of a disgrace with every passing day.