Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Newsroom Factroom - Bullies

by Jonathan Bredemeyer

No matter how mean they get, we're still going to check the facts... a recap and a reminder:
Facts are chosen because they were/are critical to Sorkin's storyline.  These are taken and determined to be accuratepotentially 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.
Photo: HBO
In the spirit of this episode: Read, you wimp!
  • "The reason basset hounds have such long ears is so they can 'whoof' up the scent when they're hunting."
    • Accurate.
      • Actually, yep this is 100% true... woohoo...
  • The Fukushima Nuclear Reactor accident was downplayed by the TEPCO representative who delayed saying that the accident reached a level 7.
    • Sutton Hall is a black, gay member of Rick Santorum's staff who goes on the air and gets 'beaten' up for supporting Santorum's views on gay rights.
      • Basically.
        • This is pretty much right on par, except for the name, of course. The aide who was really grilled on national TV in this exact situation is Robert Traynham, and this is the actual exchange on Hardball. The lines McAvoy uses are pulled from Sorkin's favorite bag of idioms & arguments illustrating the fallacies in the logic that homosexuals' right to marry destroys the ideal of heterosexual marriage. The real life exchange is better, without the up and down to put both parties on a 'losing' side.
    On a side note, if Sloan sleeps with anyone, hopefully it's Will. It'll be ironic for the two smartest people to make the obviously dumbest move, but it'll be a great distraction, and keep Don away...
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