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“The Newsroom” Is a Sirloin Steak Dress
I blogged last week about HBO’s “The Newsroom” and how the show debuted at an opportune time
By: Shelly Palmer
Aug. 9, 2012 04:57 PM
I blogged last week about HBO’s “The Newsroom” and how the show debuted at an opportune time – soon after the Gallup Poll showed Americans’ confidence in TV News at a all-time low. There is now nowhere for the credibility of TV journalism to go but up, and if it does rise in future polls, you can bet in the prediction market that “The Newsroom” creator and writer Aaron Sorkin’s price will go up.
Sorkin’s credibility may go up among those in the political center and left of center, but the credibility of TV News is not likely to budge for several reasons:
As such, I think Aaron Sorkin is trying to keep afloat a journalism Titanic. His ego and idealism will carry him through at least two seasons of “The Newsroom” (HBO has renewed for a second season), but it will not survive based on its high-minded journalistic idealism, which Charles Pierce in an online Esquire blog claimed was a world that never was, a world that exists only in “what Sorkin imagines it once was.”
“The Newsroom’s” ultimate success will be determined by essentially the same speculations that make “Jersey Shore” a hit. Who will wind up sleeping with whom?
Lady Gaga wrapped a cute body in a sirloin steak dress to get attention. Aaron Sorkin is wrapping non-ratings-driven journalistic integrity in a dress of sexual tensions to get attention, and he’s getting it. But “The Newsroom” will not change TV journalism. Like Lady Gaga’s sirloin steak dress, integrity-driven TV journalism will be cooked.
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