Okay, I'm back to mocking The Newsroom. Because really, it's just a liberal wonderland of the highest sanctimonious nature. But hey, I guess it's really neat that Newsroom is prompting a lot of people to talk openly about sexism. Mainstream TV criticisms usually get a lot of that. So to have a show address it some is really.... oh... what's this?
Well, I like that it's at least a fantasy liberal view of what white men think the world is like and completely ignores any political, cultural or social developments that have happened since 1988.
You know, much like the west wing.
And I'm not dissing West Wing. I mean, I hardly cared for it and I don't think it was really great stuff, but it was much better than Newsroom. It's as if Sorkin is getting demonstrably worse and worse as the years go by.
But hey, at least the West Wing had consultants that worked in politics for awhile. In the case of Newsroom, he clearly only consulted Network and his personal subscription to The Times when crafting the brilliant world of the Newsroom.
For example, if he had any real journalists talking to him during the writing process, they would have told him on day one "Uhh, no, of course you can't use actual real historical news events, just use fake ones like on the West Wing."
Or perhaps the gem of "Of course we know how to use email, you fucking twit!" I mean, does Aaron Sorkin really think that there's professionals in journalism who DON'T know how to use email?
Is he also going to show them running frantically for payphones when they hear something newsworthy instead of pulling out a cell phone? I'm actually a little surprised they're all not wearing those hats with the 'PRESS' label stuck in them and start saying "Nyaaaaah, see here kiddo" before every sentence.
And Jesus Christ, all those things are fairly important, but fucking Christ, the obvious things just go over his head, such as what I imagine any journalist would tell him about his script; "Hmmm, it seems like you've never actually spoken to a woman before..."
I just wanted to quote this for everyone who hasn't seen how fucking awful the newsroom is:
We sure used to be [the greatest country in the world]. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn't belittle it; it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn't scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one—America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.This is especially awful because, like, what the fuck. When has any of that shit in his speech ever actually been true about America? Like, when the fuck is he talking about in our history? I guess I could give him the "ungodly technical advances" one. Considering Godly technical advances probably wouldn't involve so many killing machines.
Then again, I guess it would depend on the God, really.