Maureen Ryan, Adam Buckman, David Zurawik and Howard Kurtz discuss the new HBO show The Newsroom from Aaron Sorkin.
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How about this? Let's wait and see where the ratings take the show. I suspect that they will take it very far. Why? Because people want something like this instead of the news shows that are on offer today. MSNBC is generally perceived as leaning way way to the Left, Fox is very far right and CNN supposedly takes a more middle of the road stance. Generally speaking it does but whereas on Sorkin's show you could feel the anger of the main character when he was interviewing the supposed Haliburton exec, on CNN you never see that. It's almost as if CNN interviewers are afraid they'll annoy the politician or executive.
Howard, I am pretty sure that you, like me, would really like to see a CNN anchor really hold a politician's feet to the fire but it never happens. Why is that? Last Sunday, Candy Crowley came close to doing that and it was great. She was truly trying to force an answer out of her guest. That's the way it should be. The Fourth Estate is a vital part of our system and should be treated with respect by those not in it and as a privilege by those within it. It is really, almost a sacred trust that the public places in journalists. All we want in return are journalists that go after answers hard.
Leaving the self-interest of big business out of it, how else are we expected to judge and learn about politicians? Their own media campaigns can't be trusted.
Let's see what happens with Sorkin's show. I really enjoyed it.
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Just saw the show and after seeing your review on Reliable Sources I was ready to watch a disaster. I can see why CNN and friends didn't like it. In an age when "news" is based on re-twitter and i-reporters, the rubber lipped newcasters of today must find this show frightening. Finally after years of mindless news and reality shows, I am excited to watch something on TV once again. Well done HBO.
After seeing Howie's panelists talk about Newsroom yesterday, I was thoroughly prepared to hate the show. However, I loved it, but I wonder if that intensity will ultimately wear me down. I had to watch it with closed-captioning because I was missing so much crammed-in dialog. Outstanding performance by the durable and artful Emily Mortimer.
Of course it isn't like the newsroom your guests work in. That is the whole point of the series: Sorkin showing (in a very over the top way) what he thinks news should be vs. what it currently is. Couple of the guests on this panel seemed almost lost to this point. I can't imagine that smart people could miss such an obvious point, so it simply has to be a function of the commentary being about the industry they work in, and being unable to reconcile the reality they face daily from the idealistic message of the writer. - People outside of said industry, and in particular HBO fans will likely love this show based on similarities to previous original works there.
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