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  •  Thank Aaron Sorkin... (28+ / 0-)

    HBO's Newsroom is being watched by many in the MSM and I think it's shaming them into finally feeling the dignity that being a good journalist will engender.

    can we all...just get...along-Rodney King

    by nspguy on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:58:42 PM PDT

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    •  I really hope so. (4+ / 0-)
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      It's hard to not think about what journalism could and should be when watching that show.

      I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

      by DuzT on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 06:28:47 PM PDT

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    •  Not to mention, (6+ / 0-)

      that as most here know, Chris Mathew's son has a star role in that series. What proud father wouldn't watch every episode?

      And let me tell you, as someone who has also watched every episode, this show is every progressive's fantasy of what the media might rise to, despite the challenges, despite the defeats at the hands of corporatism, despite having to let go of the old ways, and embrace the truths of journalism.

      Part of the brilliance of Aaron Sorkin here, is that he has made Will Mackavoy, his protagonist and the anchor of a cable news station, a republican!

      In the first season, Sorkin carefully portrays Will at first, as a jaded and by the books republican, who slowly, realizes his party has betrayed him.

      Will is the voice of the silent moderate republicans.  And oh yeah, they're out there, but they've allowed themselves to be bullied out of their voice.  They've allowed bigots, idiots and extremists to steal their party right out from under them. They have shown NO courage.

      So it is indeed brilliant that Sorkin provides America with a  republican hero, one that's no where in sight, but one to aspire to.  That Sorkin shows how it could be, if moderate republicans AND journalists did their jobs, instead of the lazy meme oriented, fact deprived, senseless false equivalency, perverted "balanced" reports they pat themselves on the back for.

      Now, I'm a Democrat to my toes, and I'm not rooting for republicans.  But I AM rooting for an honorable opposition.  I DO believe in the two party system.

      Bravo to Sorkin, for showing just how slow and low reasonable republicans have been to save their party. If sane republicans don't step up, then they deserve to have their party become as irrelevant as they are becoming.

      Sorkin has a vision of what it might be like if journalists, republicans and democrats, stepped up to the plate with the truth, regardless of their partisanship. And it's damn hard not to root for, no matter what side you're on.

       

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 08:21:50 PM PDT

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      •  Albie Duncan, Arnie Vinnick, Ainsley Hayes (2+ / 0-)
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        Three characters from the West Wing, which Sorkin helped created and wrote for, who were honorable Republicans. So he's done this before.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:07:10 PM PDT

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        •  Ainsley (0+ / 0-)

          was my favorite character on West Wing and it is my favorite dramatic series ever. I actually enjoy really good, honorable arguments coming from the other side of an issue and it can be entertaining when the side I'm rooting for gets flumoxed and she did a lot of flumoxing.

          What I can't understand is why Sorkin's Studio Sixty recieved such a lukewarm reception.

          The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

          by Pirogue on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 03:00:07 PM PDT

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