Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' speaks truth to a press that lost its way
But the press doesn't like being talked to that way
June 24, 2012|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun
As I have said earlier, I believe the pilot for Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is one of the decade's best productions. I love this series for the way it calls out the press for having lost its sense of purpose.
But the press doesn't like be called out that way, and you can see that in some of the reviews attacking Sunday's pilot for being sanctimonious and self-righteous. I love the righteousness of this series -- self or not.
Here's video from CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday of a discussion I had with some of my colleagues who don't like "The Newsroom" very much at all. I respect their views.
But there are some reviews out there that I don't respect so much, like the one Jake Tapper did for The New Republic, which I see many bloggers citing. I like Tapper's work for ABC News, and I have said so more than once. But when the hell did he became a great TV critic? And has our profession fallen on such hard times that we have to look to the likes of Tapper for guidance?
A more important question: What did you think of Sunday's pilot? And will you be back for more? I saw four episodes, and I am onboard for this ride.