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 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.
- "The reason basset hounds have such long ears is so they can 'whoof' up the scent when they're hunting."
- 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.
- Yes and no.
- On April 11th (as the show states), no one was claiming the deadly level 7 status equaled by Cherynobl, but the next day is when everything broke loose. It seems, by April 12th, the TEPCO spokesperson was the ONLY one claiming the extreme level of the radiation accident. With the announcements very close together and our dependency on English-speaking sources, this registers as a maybe...
- 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.
- 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.