Fake, but accurate? 'Newsroom' star calls Tea Party 'lunatic fringe'

The reviews are in for “The Newsroom,” Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series which premiered last night. “The Newsroom” follows jaded journalists reinvigorated by a desire to put aside spin and just tell the truth, damn it — well, Sorkin’s truth, at least.

The show begins with superstar news anchor Will McAvoy telling a roomful of journalism students that America is not the greatest country in the world. The students are shocked — shocked — to hear this, as they’ve never heard any different from a lifetime of cable news consumption. It seems even real-life student activists picked up a “get off my lawn” vibe from Sorkin.

More shocking perhaps than McAvoy’s diatribe is the real-life rant of star Emily Mortimer, a Brit who tells Salon of her frustration that American TV news has too long tried to cover both sides of every issue. American journalists “act like there’s just two definite sides to every discussion,” she observes. “This Tea Party is presented on the television as the viable alternative instead of like a lunatic fringe.”

Not surprisingly, her comments have hit a nerve with some.

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“The Newsroom” promises to tackle (almost) contemporary issues, kindly showing the world how the BP oil spill should have been handled.

Perhaps most frightening (or promising, depending on your politics) is the idea that “The Newsroom” could serve as this generation’s “All the President’s Men”: a fictional account of news reporting which inspires young idealists to pursue a field whose former star sunk out of sight clinging to the “fake but accurate” anchor.

Nonetheless, Sorkin seems to have a hit on his hands. But just what is Sorkin’s secret to hooking viewers?

Could it be?

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    “The show begins with superstar news anchor Will McAvoy telling a roomful
    of journalism students that America is not the greatest country in the
    world. The students are shocked — shocked — to hear this, as they’ve never heard any different from a lifetime of cable news consumption.”

    Seriously? Then these ficticious students must have gone to school on Mars. I doubt they could have avoided an Amerikkka hating, lib teacher during their schooling prior to and including college.

  • jawnybnsc

    What do you expect in a nation founded by evil dead white men? This stuff is so 20 years ago. Hasn’t Sorkin seen Higher Learning?

  • Owen007

    Sorkin’s projects are always full of whiny author avatars spewing his viewpoints. That wouldn’t be so bad if it all weren’t so damn pretentious and holding itself up as better than everything else just because Sorkin said so.

    As for that twit Mortimer, wow. I thought the homegrown acting community was stupid, but she certainly raised the stakes. I take it she’s never heard of the Occupy Movement or is blissfully unaware of their activities. Funny how the Tea Party is a lunatic fringe for abiding peacefully, securing proper permits, cleaning up after themselves, not assaulting police officers, not squatting in conditions so vile they get diseases found only in animals, and not performing murders, rapes or public defecations. But I guess Mortimer knows better. After all, she plays someone that works in a newsroom.

    • Dennis Grayson

      Since the setting of the most recent episode is the election of 2010, she probably had not heard of the occupy movement which came about a year later.

  • Dennis Grayson

    I have watched each episode carefully and I am not sure that they crossed any lines that really aren’t true? The usurping of the tea party by money and the far right. As far as Emily is concerned- the vast majority of the informed voters live in metropolitan areas. Much of this show is about trying to show how mislainged the right has become. Why else do voters vote against their own interest to elect people who want to change the things they depend on.