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The early reviews are in for Aaron Sorkin’s new series about the television news industry, “The Newsroom,” and the critics are not impressed.
Put aside Sorkin’s penchant for highbrow, snappy banter so perfectly orchestrated that dialogue between characters merely serves to insert colons and line breaks into the writer’s own monologue. If the reviews are accurate — the bet here is they are — “The Newsroom” shares a disturbing quality with other recent Sorkin scripts. Politics infect every word.
Viewers of Sorkin’s “The West Wing” could have expected as much, but viewers of Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” about the making of a late-night sketch comedy show could have expected more. Until “Studio 60” went live, no one would have guessed that liberal comedy writers spend so much time worrying about what shadowy conservative organizations think.
Based on details included in The Washington Post’s review, “The Newsroom” appears to be more of the same: an anchor who explodes in defiant rage when asked why America is the best country (I hear China is very nice for reporters), a producer’s mandate that every story shall be instructive for voters (those silly people who don’t know what to do unless told), and the obligatory good Republican (the most trite of television tropes) who supports Democrats down the line and wonders where the rest of his party went wrong.
Tempting as it would be to congratulate Sorkin for confirming what many conservatives have long thought about newsrooms — that they are merely Democratic rapid-response shops — the reduction of drama into politics by other means is no cause for celebration. It’s a very dim view of the world. If politics have already taken over every aspect of every human interaction and endeavor, then the big government agenda that the aides on the “The West Wing” proudly promoted has already become a reality. There should be more to life. There should be better on television.