The Glass Teat: The Newsroom

 

The Newsroom too topical by half

Aaron Sorkin's new show quick-witted and intelligent but would do itself a favour by using fiction rather than fact to tell its stories

By Sigrid Macdonald
Special to True North Perspective
 
Monday night, June 25th, I eagerly anticipated the season premiere of The Newsroom, an HBO series by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin has always delivered high quality material from the acclaimed West Wing to the smash hit movie about Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network.
 
Like his previous works, The Newsroom was sharp, quick witted, and intelligent.
 
Jeff Daniels stars as Will McAvoy, a jaded newsanchor who is forced to work with an old flame, Mackenzie MacHale, played by Emily Mortimer.
 
 
 
Sigrid Macdonald, writing as Tiffanie Good, has just released her first piece of erotica entitled "The Pink Triangle" as an e-book.
 
Part of a series called "Kari’s Love" It is the story of a bisexual teenager struggling with social prejudice, a drinking problem, feelings of isolation, and an attraction to her best friend's lover.
 
The book can be purchased via http://tinyurl.com/ccgat9u.
As the show opens, Daniels is burnt out and co-opted. He has given up trying to deliver hard, real stories that matter. But as he sits on a college panel, trying not to divulge his personal thoughts and opinions about the state of the country, he sees Mackenzie in the audience holding a sign about America intimating that it was once a great country; it's not now but it can be again.
 
This provokes Will to announce exactly where America stands in terms of literacy, infant mortality, and other important indexes that constitute success. From there on, working with his old love, whom he bitterly resents because she obviously hurt him deeply, enables him to emerge as a noble newscaster and semi-decent guy.
 
The show would have been perfect — great acting, perfect combination of drama and comic elements, informative yet not preachy — but it used real material.
 
The first episode was all about the BP oil spill. Sorry, but I followed that catastrophe day by day when it occurred in 2010. I don't want to go through a blow-by-blow description again. Will next week's episode be about the spill? Or will we move on to some other old news like the Haitian earthquake or the terrible plight of the trapped Chilean miners?
 
The Newsroom would have been better off creating its own fictional news stories. I don't see how we can move from real life events to fantasy at this point, but I will tune in one more time next week.
 
Sigrid Macdonald is the author of three books, and two erotic short stories, which she wrote under the pen name Tiffanie Good. Silver Publishing just released "The Pink Triangle," a tale of friendship, lust, and betrayal. You can view her story here: http://tinyurl.com/6v65rgr.
 

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