Why I Love ‘The Newsroom’

I’m loving Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”

“The Newsroom,” starring Jeff Daniels (from left), Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski, Alison Pill and John Gallagher Jr.

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.”

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on June 27, 2012, in Blog and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. According to Dan Rather, it IS an accurate portrayal of a newsroom. So I guess you just differ in your perceptions. Absolutely love the show. Sorkin is a genius.

  2. I can’t wait until Hollywood discovers your writing. I can easily see “Crashers” and “Breaking Point” on the big screen raking in the bucks.

    Just keep writing though, ok?

    By the way, it may just be me, but I see Tommy Lee Jones as Tomkins, and Rene Russo as Kiki.

    Did I mention that you should keep writing? Please? I am strung out on your fiction, there’s nothing close other than Michael Chrichton and sadly, he is gone. Keep up the amazing work!!!

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