Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Newsroom Factroom - 5/1

by Jonathan Bredemeyer

Finally! Getting back to Factrooms... sorry for the delay.  To wrap up the season, I'm going to try and focus on a few key details of each episode (past readers know critical plot facts are particularly alluring to me). 

A reminder: 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.  And, go...

  • "Presidents don't announce bad news from the East room. They do it from the Oval Office or the briefing room."
  • It was 9 years, 7 months, and 20 days between the attacks on the World Trade Center and day bin Laden was killed.
    • Accurate.
      • It was interesting to watch the various main characters get the chance to report the news to airline pilots and police officers in New York City.  I was online working and got to instant message colleagues, and bloggers blogged...
Personally, if I were P.O.T.U.S. and Osama bin Laden had been captured under my watch, the White House announcement would have looked a bit different.  I would have only said three words: "We got him," and sat down.  The rest of the air time would have been police, firemen, and 9/11 eyewitnesses thanking the special forces and people who made it possible.  But in this case, it seems Sorkin portrayed exactly what most likely happened in newsrooms all over America that night...
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