Here comes the News(room)

A link to episode three of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom.

I think that it is interesting that this show so clearly takes place in the immediate past. I’m not entirely sure that I’ve ever seen a program to do that as a story-telling device. While it can make the writer smug (and yeah, Sorkin is clearly smug), it also gives him the ability to better process snapshot moments in time than we probably had at the time those events were occurring; a point he himself makes within the course of this very episode.

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  1. You may argue that you could make many of the same arguments—about the sanctimony, the deck-stacking, the too-perfect stylized dialogue, &c.—against The West Wing. I agree , and I made them when The West Wing was on . But I also included The West Wing in my list of the 100 All-TIME TV Shows, because it also gave us rich characters, a sense of proportionality and an infectious feeling of romance with the country and the people who want to make it better. The Newsroom, after four exhausting, smug episodes, gives us none of that: just Aaron Sorkin writing one argument after another for himself to win.

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