Why I Love ‘The Newsroom’
I’m loving Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”
I’ve only seen the pilot. It could stumble. If it does, I’ll be there for the ride.
This is not the most popular position to take right now. It’s not popular among journalists. It’s not popular among television critics. Almost everyone seems to be rooting for this HBO series to fail.
I watched the pilot twice. I watched it the first time for the story and the second time for Sorkin’s words. I want to know: How is it that guys who write better than I do, write better than I do?
Sorkin writes with passion and poetry. He’s a stage writer, and he can’t shake that training. He writes for the cheap seats and the balcony. I love that.
Sorkin was the Golden Boy of television — especially among us journalists — because of “Sports Night” and “The West Wing.” Then he tripped over “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.” In whole, it was not great. Some of it was wonderful. Some was tedious. And because of that, a lot of people look back at themselves gushing over Sorkin’s earlier writing and are a little embarrassed. “The Newsroom” is a good opportunity to distance themselves from the earlier gushing.
Is “The Newsroom” an accurate portrayal of life in a newsroom? Nope. Is it passionate and poetic? Yeah. Is there room for artistry over accuracy in fiction. God, I hope so.
I’m loving “The Newsroom.”