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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:19 PM

The Newsroom is making the MSM look like FOOLS.

When a fictional tv show does more hard hitting investigative & truthful journalism about the radical right-wing in 3 episodes than the entire MSM has done in the past decade you know the MSM has reached a new loooow.

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Reply The Newsroom is making the MSM look like FOOLS. (Original post)
FarLeftFist Jul 2012 OP
Whisp Jul 2012 #1
Atman Jul 2012 #2
DCKit Jul 2012 #31
JDPriestly Jul 2012 #36
RZM Jul 2012 #48
JDPriestly Jul 2012 #51
bloomington-lib Jul 2012 #61
shagnasty Jul 2012 #66
GTurck Jul 2012 #71
Scuba Jul 2012 #3
wilsonbooks Jul 2012 #13
1monster Jul 2012 #20
dmr Jul 2012 #44
wilsonbooks Jul 2012 #84
southernyankeebelle Jul 2012 #14
catbyte Jul 2012 #30
ocd liberal Jul 2012 #4
Lionessa Jul 2012 #5
dipsydoodle Jul 2012 #6
rocktivity Jul 2012 #7
april Jul 2012 #23
JDPriestly Jul 2012 #38
nadinbrzezinski Jul 2012 #8
dreamnightwind Jul 2012 #53
nadinbrzezinski Jul 2012 #54
annabanana Jul 2012 #80
global1 Jul 2012 #9
dipsydoodle Jul 2012 #10
tblue37 Jul 2012 #34
zeemike Jul 2012 #40
Stardust Jul 2012 #68
chervilant Jul 2012 #73
Stardust Jul 2012 #83
chervilant Jul 2012 #85
tblue37 Jul 2012 #86
chervilant Jul 2012 #87
Grins Jul 2012 #42
BeHereNow Jul 2012 #74
EmeraldCityGrl Jul 2012 #47
Stardust Jul 2012 #69
proud patriot Jul 2012 #56
Esse Quam Videri Jul 2012 #11
dipsydoodle Jul 2012 #12
rocktivity Jul 2012 #18
Enrique Jul 2012 #26
proud patriot Jul 2012 #57
Baitball Blogger Jul 2012 #15
hay rick Jul 2012 #19
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2012 #32
tblue37 Jul 2012 #37
eaglesfanintn Jul 2012 #16
randr Jul 2012 #17
NRaleighLiberal Jul 2012 #21
bulloney Jul 2012 #25
Callmecrazy Jul 2012 #22
davidthegnome Jul 2012 #24
Jessy169 Jul 2012 #64
108vcd Jul 2012 #27
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2012 #33
CrispyQ Jul 2012 #28
DCKit Jul 2012 #29
Gothmog Jul 2012 #35
dmr Jul 2012 #45
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JDPriestly Jul 2012 #41
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EmeraldCityGrl Jul 2012 #46
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Daphne08 Jul 2012 #50
Pisces Jul 2012 #52
proud patriot Jul 2012 #59
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lob1 Jul 2012 #65
wickerwoman Jul 2012 #70
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pwb Jul 2012 #58
upi402 Jul 2012 #67
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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:22 PM

1. sounds like a great show.

 

I should invite myself over to my has-HBO friend's place to watch it

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:22 PM

2. That is why it is getting bad reviews from the mainstream corporate media.

They are poo-pooing it all over the place. Meanwhile, everyone I've talked to about it thinks it is one of the best new shows they've seen in years. Hmmm...something doesn't add up here.

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Response to Atman (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:11 PM

31. "Hmmm...something doesn't add up here." And it never will.

 

Farther downthread someone mentioned it's already been renewed for a second season (after only three episodes?????), but I have to wonder how much pressure HBO is under to kill it.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #31)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:36 PM

36. How much pressure do you think HBO is under to kill all kinds of shows?

Bill Maher for one?

The MSM can't stand HBO because its shows are so good. If I could have cable that delivered only MSNBC and HBO, I might subscribe. But as long as Fox is on the must-have menu, I will not. I will not pay one cent to support Fox News or even their other shows.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #36)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 05:08 PM

48. You're denying yourself entertainment simply because Fox News is bundled with cable?

 

That's your business and I'm not knocking you, but it seems a small price to pay if the tradeoff is quality entertainment that you'd enjoy.

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Response to RZM (Reply #48)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:03 PM

51. I just signed up to get HBO on line. So far it hasn't worked, but

yes, I am that adamantly opposed to Fox News and to bundled cable. We should be able to select what programs we want in our bundle. Cable will find itself out of viewers if it doesn't change.

A simple cable from our computer to our TV and we get all kinds of internet fare online. I really don't care whether I watch shows when they are broadcast or later.

And it's easier to wash dishes or do something during TV commercials than during computer commercials (at least for me because I learned to time those things as a child), so advertisers get a better deal with internet showings than with cable in my opinion.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #51)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 08:35 PM

61. Si!!

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #36)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 12:46 AM

66. There is such a package

 

I looked for a long while to find a package without FOX and with MSNBC and access to HBO. Dish Network has a 14.95 package that fits the bill. You can add HBO to it. Includes CSPAN, Commedy Channel among others. You can find it on their web site and it's called "Welcome" package.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:34 AM

71. Somehow I remember...

that HBO, and most of the other cable channels, are owned by consortiums of the MSM. I have not seen Newsroom as I refuse to pay more for channels I would rarely watch but have heard the good buzz about it. In the end it is a show intended to make money for the owners of HBO. If it doesn't do that then it won't last no matter how refreshingly frank it may be.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:23 PM

3. Episode One was great. Anybody got a link to subsequent episodes????

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:51 PM

13. http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/internet/the_newsroom_%282012%29/

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Response to wilsonbooks (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:31 PM

20. Is it legal to download these shows? I don't want some RIAA type law suit filed

against me for clicking the "download" button.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #20)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:34 PM

44. HBO offered the first episode online for free.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 01:57 AM

84. I don't know but I watch them without downloading.

No reason to download and no telling what viruses and malware you would pick up if you did.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:52 PM

14. Do you have HBO? Just like Bill Mahar show you can see it during the day throughout the week

 

and I am sure at night. I watched it on rerun.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:07 PM

30. Episode 3 was better than the pilot

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:28 PM

4. Just watched the third one last night

I stood up and gave it a standing ovation!!

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:29 PM

5. Those of us without HBO envy you. Only Ep.1 is available to us.

 

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:36 PM

6. Thanks for the reminder

We've got in the UK on Sky Atlantic ,which shows HBO stuff , and it on tonight, Tuesday , @10pm here.

The Guardian didn't seem to appreciate it either but then I generally regard that outfit as a bunch of losers anyway.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/jul/04/the-newsroom-review-jonathan-bernstein

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:36 PM

7. Here's the youtube link from HBO's channel

you have to log in to your account because it's rated MA:




rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:46 PM

23. this is so unbelievably true and good !

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:40 PM

38. I don't want a Google account. They snoop on internet users.

I don't really do that much on the internet, but I object to the idea that Google can go keep a record of every gardening question I ask or everything I write or read.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:40 PM

8. That is why you should find, and chiefly support,

 

indie journalism at this point. To think that the big boys will go against their corporate bosses is crazy.

National Reader Supporter News or truth out are your two best bets right now

If you can afford to throw a few bucks to your local (in my case it would be the East County Magazine), we'd love you too.

It is time to realize the big boys are NOT going to do that... so we need to grow an alternate, independent media.

I mean, covering things like fires runs us gas and time, and well gear.

Covering hard hitting investigative pieces takes TIME, and resources are thin at best.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:07 PM

53. Thanks, I hadn't seen Reader Supported News

Found it because of your post. I'm assuming you mean this site http://readersupportednews.org/, if not lemme know.

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Response to dreamnightwind (Reply #53)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:13 PM

54. Yup

 

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Response to dreamnightwind (Reply #53)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 06:41 PM

80. (good outfit). . . . N/T

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:40 PM

9. Jane Fonda Appeared In Episode 3, As I Recall She Was Married To Ted Turner......

I think around the time he owned CNN. Fonda plays Leona Lansing the CEO of Atlantis World Media, the parent company of ACN (Atlantis Cable News).

I'm wondering if she brought any personal touches to her role in the Newsroom from actual events that happened to Turner and her during this period.

In the program she is putting pressure on the President of the News Division - Charlie Skinner- played by Sam Waterston - to have Will McAvoy the anchor played by Jeff Daniels to ease up on the political commentary and banter because it could make life uncomfortable for her in her dealings with the politicians in Congress.

Episode 3 came down real hard on the Tea Party - and rightly so. They said things that weren't said on the run-up and the outcome of the 2010 elections where the Tea Party hijacked the Repug party.

What a great show. Can't wait for the future episodes. Sorkin is a genius.

But I would really like to get some comments from Jane Fonda on her role in this show and if she brings anything to the table because of her marriage to Ted Turner.

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:45 PM

10. Thanks for that catch up

From what you wrote I'll be able to figure which episode I watch tonight here in the UK.

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:33 PM

34. The most important message of Episode #3 was Fonda's character's

comments to Charlie (Sam Waterston), the director of her newsroom. The character, who owns the TV station, is a left-leaning Dem, but she threatens to fire the anchorman if he keeps saying the truth about the far right and its take-over of the Republican Party, and especially if he keeps alienating the Koch brothers by revealing their take-over of our entire country.

She admits that she agrees that the Tea Party and its recently elected candidates are idiots and dangerous to our entire political system, but she keeps yelling, "I have business before this congress, Charlie!"

In other words, even those who want to tell the truth, no matter how rich and supposedly powerful they are, are frozen in fear, because they know that they will be destroyed by the fascist powers of darkness if they dare to make a peep in the direction of telling the truth.

It's only partly a fear of losing ratings and thus advertising dollars. It is even more powerfully the fear of what those fascist powers will do to their ability to function at all. When Charlie says he thought she got where she was by being fearless, she sayd, "No, Charlie. I got where I am by knowing whom to fear"

I consdider this message so important because it emphasizes the degree to which fear of terrible reprisals operates to keep in line those whom we might ordinarily expect to rally to our side.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #34)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:48 PM

40. That's why the mob breaks fingers.

If you don't pay on time....a well known device of control dating back to The Prince and Machiavelli.
And that is how it is done folks.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #34)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 01:54 AM

68. You have given a most wonderful synopsis of that episode. We're caught in a quagmire.

It's amazing that we even have MSNBC and Current. And I wonder how much longer they can last. They aren't perfect, but I seethe when other liberals berate those networks. We are so close to not having either of them. Even if 99% of the viewers wanted this type of programming, it would make no difference to the PTB. If they feel threatened by an enlightened electorate, then whatever is fueling the enlightenment is walking on very thin ice.

I thought Jane gave a very heartfelt performance. Real insight into the dilemma facing left-leaning media moguls.

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Response to Stardust (Reply #68)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 10:00 AM

73. Indeed...

If they feel threatened by an enlightened electorate, then whatever is fueling the enlightenment is walking on very thin ice.


You've stated succinctly why the corporate megalomaniacs have worked diligently to destroy our system of public education.

Critical thinking skills lie dormant within most of us, at the ready--I hope--to respond to the clarion call of social [strike]revolution[/strike] evolution.

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Response to chervilant (Reply #73)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:55 AM

83. Heard on the Mike Malloy Show about the Texas GOP platform includes its opposition to the teaching

of higher order thinking skills program (HOTS).

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Response to Stardust (Reply #83)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 08:11 AM

85. Why am I not surprised?

I started on my path to certification in Texas, a mistake that I am still working to overcome. God forbid you lean Democratic if you want to teach in Texas...

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Response to chervilant (Reply #73)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 02:30 PM

86. As a college English teacher, my job is to teach not

just writing, but critical thinking, because decent writing skills derive from solid thinking skills.

I have often said that is is a mistake to think humans are rational creatures. We are not. We are creatures of instinct, emotion, and impulse--as are all other animals.

The difference, though, is that we can learn to think rationally and to hold those other motivating factors at bay while we do so. Even then, however, it takes will and effort to quiet such powerfully antirational tendencies while we critically analyze the issue at hand.

Over time, thank goodness, such suppression of antirational impulses becomes more or less habitual, so that thinking rationally gets easier with time and practice--and with age, becuase certain hormones quiet down with age.

But time can also reinforce the antirational impulses if one habitually surrenders to them instead.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #86)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 03:38 PM

87. My last part-time gig

was teaching college algebra at a small community college. During my brief tenure there, I learned that the vast majority of our young adults are seriously deficient in their critical thinking skills, AND that they've been trained to rely on rote memorization to 'make good grades.'

Toward the end of my time there, I got a referral to privately tutor a young honors student who was attending a prestigious private school in a distant wealthy suburb. This student did well on homework (high Bs and an occasional A), but could not earn above a C on exams.

During our second session, I had an opportunity to assess this student's critical thinking skills, with a homework problem that challenged students to take a basic concept and apply it to a more abstract situation. I was so very hopeful, given how well the child seemed to understand the concept we covered.

However, it took this child almost 20 minutes to determine how to apply what was given, and to suss out HOW the given information led to the solution. I was tempted several times to just spoon feed this student, but I knew that I wouldn't be helping improve those test scores by so doing. I DID throw out a few hints--to no avail. When the student FINALLY prevailed, instead of celebrating this personal success, I was told, "I don't have time to figure out these types of problems!"

Needless to say, the parental units wanted a tutor who WOULD spoon feed their student, and I didn't get another opportunity to help this child flex those critical thinking skills.

BTW, you might appreciate Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind, which fully addresses your sage point about humans a rational beings.

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:13 PM

42. Episode 3 came down on the Koch brothers.

That's why Fonda's character wanted the anchor to "tone it down" or she would fire him.

The Tea Party was just the icing.

It is a good show. Better than I thought it would be.

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Response to Grins (Reply #42)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 10:08 AM

74. BEST part of the show last night!

The interview with the tea baggers...informing them that their
"grass roots" conference was paid for in full by the billionaire Koch brothers,
whom they had never heard of after boasting that all of their movement was
paid for by checks for 5 and 10 dollars by regular Americans-
Bwhahahahah!
Loved it!

BHN

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 04:04 PM

47. I saw her in an interview

in which she stated she was bringing her exposure to the business while married to Turner
in her role. Unfortunately, I can't remember which interview. May be the one on On Demand
promoting the show, not sure.

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #47)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 01:58 AM

69. Yes, it was an OnDemand promo. I was surprised that she brought Turner into it. Pretty gutsy.

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:23 PM

56. this is what I was thinking too

about Fonda and Turner

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:45 PM

11. Just watched episode three last night

Man did they give it to the teabaggers and Koch Bros. Makes me have a smidgen of hope that there are some repugs who are sickened by what has become of their party.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:46 PM

12. Spoiler



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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:10 PM

18. DUzy candidate!


rocktivity

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:56 PM

26. lol, thanks for the warning

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:24 PM

57. lol

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:54 PM

15. Well, the Newsroom is what Liberal Media would look like, if we really had a Liberal Media.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:17 PM

19. <smirk> liberal media <smirk>

"Liberal media" is a bipolar phrase. It can be either a term of derision or a wildly inaccurate self-portrait. The Newsroom is what tv news might look like if it adhered to professional journalistic standards and ethics instead of pushing corporate agendas.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:26 PM

32. Just as The West Wing is what a decent President would look like.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:37 PM

37. Not really. As Charlie, the news director, says, it *isn't* liberal

reporting at all, but centrist reporting--i.e., unbiased reporting of the truth.

Whereas Stephen Colbert says truth has a liberal bias, Charlie says "The truth is centrist." or "Facts are centrist." (I forget which phrasing he uses.)

The point is that reporting truth or facts should not be seen as biased or "liberal." It's only seen that way because the RW has gone so far toward blanket denial of anything that is in any way supported by verifiable facts.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:55 PM

16. Really like this show

I've only watched the first two episodes, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
The MSM and, I'm sure, Faux News are hating it, but screw them. It does make them look foolish and like they're just following the dollars.
I'm a big fan of Sorkin anyway - just like The West Wing showed us how a President should act, The Newsroom shows us how the media should work.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:08 PM

17. The quality of this new series explains the poor reviews

Last episode should not be missed.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:37 PM

21. The MSM is (owned by) the radical right wing - so this is no surprise!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #21)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:53 PM

25. Occasionally, the MSM gerbils will have a phony mea culpa over coverage of some big event,

and question whether they were off target or negligent in their coverage. Then they'll look at each other and give a collective "Meh!" and resume their wall-to-wall coverage of the Kardashians or give the RW spin of the political stories.

The fact that the MSM gerbils are lambasting this show is a ringing endorsement to watch it in my view.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:46 PM

22. It has already been renewed for a second season.

Ep. 3 makes a good point about information broadcasting. It should not have any advertising during their show. If a company that advertises during the news hour becomes part of the news there is an obvious conflict of interest for the broadcaster. By being responsible and reporting the news they cut their own throat by losing that advertising revenue. There should be nothing that gets in the way of the truth. And maybe there would be a lot less grandstanding on television by the likes of Bill O'really, Sean Vanity, Glenn Bark and Rush Linbarf. If they couldn't attract advertising dollars, who the hell would let them spew that crap on their stations.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:51 PM

24. In my experience...

they generally don't need much help looking like fools.

It's a matter of shame and disappointment for me, because were our MSM not so pathetic I would probably be thinking seriously about a career in Journalism. It can be a noble calling, but sadly, our MSM is corporate owned, corporate controlled and corporate serving.

Newsroom is a great show - and has made me wonder if maybe there's hope that we might possibly recover from the insanity one day. Not much hope, but perhaps a tiny bit.

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Response to davidthegnome (Reply #24)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 10:52 PM

64. If you think Journalism is a compromised career,

you should try Public Relations. It isn't investigative reporting, but there is a lot of writing involved which if used for a good cause, can really make a difference. I started out in Journalism, switched to Public Relations, but ended up just a computer software engineer. But it isn't too late for you!

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:02 PM

27. here a link to the shows

 

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Response to 108vcd (Reply #27)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:28 PM

33. Your link is to another show.

Also called The Newsroom, but it aired in 1996.
Not Aaron Sorkin show.

but I will add: the 1996 show was good, and funny. I watched it all.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:04 PM

28. They should do an episode where two other major networks

wrongly report a Supreme Court ruling because they wanted to be first, over being correct.

Sounds like a great show. Will look for it on Netflix when it comes out.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:06 PM

29. They's doing a fine job all on their own. nt

 

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:36 PM

35. I like this show

The second episode was weak but the pilot and the third episode were great.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #35)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:49 PM

45. I liked the 2nd episode. It showed us how

the sausage is made, so to speak. Learning to know the inner workings is important to understanding the show. I thought the whole thing was fascinating & nervewrecking all at the same time.

I tried to imagine Maddow or O'Donnel, here.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:40 PM

39. the MSM is in the business of filling 6+ channels with talking head infotainment 24 hours a day

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:00 PM

41. I listened a bit.

The voice and language remind me of Keith Olbermann.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:26 PM

43. The MSM does not care about the Truth

With the Court upholding Citizens United, they spin every issue to create a coin flip out of every political race. sucking the maximum profits from the soul of America

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:53 PM

46. This show is more effective than any Obama campaign ad

could ever be. Watching true events which occurred over the past decade,
reported clearly and accurately by a fictional news anchor with impressive
credentials is a fantasy given the slanted/ propaganda and bullshit that passes
for most news today. Even though the character, Will McAvoyis a moderate republican,
a network like Current(Al Gore's network) could pull this off.


The second episode is a bit muddled trying to establish characters.
The third episode (the latest) was dynamic. Jane Fonda's performance
as the network owner, CEO, whatever, may be the best work of her life.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 05:11 PM

49. I was kind of lukewarm on this show through the first two episodes,

but I thought the third episode was great. I'll keep watching.

My only issue is all the little interpersonal drama stuff that seems a little "fluffy" for my tastes.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 06:54 PM

50. Newsroom is one of the best shows I've ever seen!

My husband and I love it!

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:06 PM

52. The show makes women look like fragile idiots. The media part is great, but professional

Women do not become hysterical or act like silly high school girls in front of their colleagues. I am sick of the cutesy, dumb but I'm really smart act who needs a good male boss to help her along.
Women in a male dominated field do not act like simpering fools.

Other than that it is a great show.

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Response to Pisces (Reply #52)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:27 PM

59. I highly Rec Game of Thrones for you

The women are strong STRONG ... The books are the song of fire and ice series. I believe the HBO series season 1 is available on dvd.
Season 2 just finished ......I can't wait for season 3

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Response to proud patriot (Reply #59)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:36 PM

60. The only problem with that is

I can't see it ever having a definitive ending.

I'm still annoyed about Carnivale being dropped.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #60)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 12:29 AM

65. I loooved Carnivale. Also, the best opening credits ever.

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Response to Pisces (Reply #52)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 05:12 AM

70. Just going to say the same thing.

I love the show but the two female leads are *so* irritating. They're like a throwback to lazy 1980s writing where you had a perfect, gorgeous, brilliant woman but you have to give her a flaw so you make her "clumsy" or "neurotic". Any woman (hell any person) in a real work environment who behaved even a fraction as unprofessionally as those two would be fired in a heartbeat.

I also think hiring the supermodel economist completely undermines the premise of News Night 2.0 where the only consideration should be facts, not sensationalism. Mackenzie basically admits that there are brighter economists (although she's "qualified" but she's not considering them because they're too ugly.

Anyway, yeah. It has all the makings of another West Wing but they need to seriously retool the female characters.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:21 PM

55. I love the show

one thing i've been pondering is Fonda's character and the things ted turner had to face with CNN or maybe Gore with currentTV

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:24 PM

58. I stopped watching all cable news a couple years ago and feel much better.

It is nothing but opinion and I have my own.

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Response to pwb (Reply #58)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 01:06 AM

67. Except for Current TV and some MSNBC - me too!

I may check this show, though.

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Response to pwb (Reply #58)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:58 AM

72. And it's not just the boob tube

Any corporate media is suspect at this point in history. Newspapers, magazines, web sites like cnn.com, and even blogs that are run by corporations. I call them the one percent media, not the 'mainstream' as they would like us to call them.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 09:27 PM

62. I really like this show.

The show is smacking the repubs, teabags, the rich, and corporations, etc. Now I can watch John Stewart, Steven Colbert, and The Newsroom to get real investigative journalism. Of course Bill Moyers and Dan Rather are also great, in my humble opinion.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 09:31 PM

63. Terrific show. n/t

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 11:03 AM

75. Jon Stewart has been doing that for a number of years now.

Haven't seen Newsroom yet,
but it is now on my list.
Thanks.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 11:57 AM

76. One of my favorite shows. It does show the MSM for what it is....fluff. n/t

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 12:22 PM

77. Not making them look like fools, just holding up a mirror to the fools

 

"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this
special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature:
for any thing so o'erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose
end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as 'twere the
mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature, scorn her own
image, and the very age and body of the time his form and
pressure."
Hamlet, William Shakespeare

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 06:31 PM

79. While I won't argue with your view of MSM, I have to call "Foul" on using the Newsroom as...

a measure for how bad MSM was. Aaron Sorkin has the advantage of 20/20 hindsight and, thanks to this being fiction, the ability to stack the deck in his favor with fictional heroes. MSM had real people doing real reporting real time. Sorkin can use his fictional newsroom to criticize, but we have to be careful when it comes to viewing it as a valid argument as it's a strawman argument. Like pitting a real person against Superman in a comic book in order to show how weak the real person is.

Sorkin can certainly use his fictional newsroom to criticize how the media is manipulated now as well as then, and who pulls the strings, now as well as then. However, if we want to honestly argue how bad MSM really was, we need facts and comparisons to other, REAL news organizations that did better at the time, not to a fictional organization reporting news that happened two years ago--meaning news where the writer knows which events were important and which ones weren't. Newsrooms at the time didn't have the advantage Sorkin has for his fictional newsroom, the benefit of hindsight, etc.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:32 PM

81. Great show - I was wrong and it only started last night in the UK.

I recorded it on the trusty Sky Box hard drive and only just watched it. Excellent opening sequence with him and nice shot of her legs at the end as she walked down the corridor.

Hadn't realised she was a Mortimer. I used to fix her dad's tv back in the early sixties before she was born.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:33 PM

82. good. this may be a wonderful way of getting them to clean up their pathetic act.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 01:42 PM

88. Love it

I love this show started watching it last Night On Demand, I will catch up this today, only seen two episodes so far but I really like it.

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