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.