Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Newsroom Factroom - Episode 1

by Jonathan Bredemeyer

If you have good taste (professional TV critics excluded as you can't afford good taste and keep successful careers), you liked The Newsroom.  Aaron Sorkin is good, if not great, at writing TV shows, no in-depth analysis required.  What's going to be interesting about this show is how he hits us over the head with the most dramatic and life-altering events in our recent history, and frames the common American viewpoint in the international opinion of the United States [translation to critic speak: a juxtaposition of the live delivery of historic news onto a fictionally-informed US audience with global statistics].

This series of articles will consider the facts that Sorkin hits with (given that this is history now), and verify this point-of-view that he creates.  Specific facts will be selected based on their dramatic impact, not validity.  These aren't chosen because they are obviously right or obviously wrong.  Facts are chosen because they were/are critical to Sorkin's storyline.  These are taken and determined to be accurate, potentially accurate, or inaccurate.  This is based on internet research from primary sources (and even Wikipedia when they do it best).  Luckily, with the scene set in modern day, these things are available via the web.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this article. The Newsroom writers seem to have done their homework, so there probably won't be loads of red text, but you never know... it is an election year...
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