why is newsroom going unloved by the emmys?
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This whole episode was great, but especially the News Night parts where McAvoy destroys the Tea Party, yet remains staunchly Republican. What Sorkin pretty much did with this show, it seems, was sit down and think, “Wow, watching the news makes me want to take a cheese grater to my face. How would I want the news to be cast?” And then wrote it. Whatever faults he has, whatever fuck-ups he repeats endlessly in the course of this show, I am happy to say that he has written news the way I would want it to be cast, too.
That said, watching this show and thinking about how TV news is actually run is so fucking depressing.
The Newsroom: Santorum on Gay Rights (by Antiserum221)
Love “The Newsroom”. It gets into the issues and is at times very emotional. During the upload a sec and change got cropped :/ It came out better on the editing floor.
Hey, this is that clip from Newsroom I mentioned last week.
I’m not done editing the photos from yesterday when I went to MoMA with my sister (i.e., I have not started, whatever), but here are some lights I liked.
I am a huge fan of bare bulbs. I am going to look for some on IKEA. Right. Now.
The neon number is part of a photography series modelled on the Fibonacci sequences, and therefore the coolest thing ever. More on this as the photo develops.
Episode 6 of Newsroom is kind of the best thing ever. I mean.
Okay, listen, even though none of you watch this show.
This campaign advisor for Rick Santorum gets on the air with the main character, Will, who is a news anchor. The campaign advisor, Sutton Wall, is black and gay, and totally disagrees with Santorum’s view of the gay community, but strongly agrees with his position on abortion.
Will asks him how Wall can work for a man who finds him disgusting, unloved by God, morally reprehensible, etc., etc., and is slamming this guy hard. I mean, it’s cringe-worthy, what he’s saying to this guy.
And this character, this throwaway fucking character, Wall, he just loses his shit and shouts Will down. And proceeds to say how fucking dare Will define him by his race and his sexuality, and presume to know what issues Wall holds dearest, and presume to protect him from a spectre that Will fabricated in order to portray himself as the egalitarian rescuer of this poor, harangued, abused, homosexual person-of-color. He just shouts at one point, “I don’t need your protection”, and totally calls Will out on his need to Save Everyone.
And it is probably the best moment of television. The best.
I love this show, although I have some problems with it, but for the love of god I cannot watch that masturbatory fucking theme sequence. It is godawful.
But I do love this show. And all the characters. Except Don. Fuck that guy. What a douche.
No. 79 - 4/7/12
Okay, I just want it to be known that I’m really enjoying Newsroom so far (and right now, which is what prompts this), but the opening credits are intensely self-serving and masturbatory and slightly painful to watch because of the cheezy, smarmy piano music alone. But add the montage of Great News Shots and bllllaaaargh
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I just read an article in connection to this show about Sorkin’s Woman Problem (i.e., his rampant misogyny, as the article saw it). And I’m not sure I agree with them… But I don’t know yet. On the one hand, I could see how he undermines the female characters in the show and portrays the men as Brave, Fine Journalists.
I suppose the show could be seen as misogynistic if you really sympathise with Will McAvoy and That Asshole Don, but I really, really don’t see how you could. And in the face of their pompousness, pig-headedness, stubbornness, and smarmy self-confidence, the women—MacKenzie and Maggie—seem real, believable, and (most important and most often lacking in American TV) competent and rational.
So in short I don’t know. I have to keep watching.