@Nicodemus: I have a revised assessment of the Newsroom.
While I still enjoy the show, and it is certainly one of the better/best shows on TV right now, it has not quite fully lived up to my expectations.
I would think the hardest thing about doing a show like the Newsroom would be to keep ones ideology out of the scripts and let things play out as really would.
For a couple of episodes now, I've gotten the feeling that some of what we are hearing are Sorkin's views on real events as opposed to the events themselves.
This doesn't happen all the time, but with certain ongoing story lines, I'm seeing Sorkin describing overarching plots by monied interests on the right that I think they are too fractious and competitive to create.
I understand that the Koch brothers do some shady shit. And I also understand that they are part of the problem.
At the same time however, I don't see their actions as indicative of some grand plot on the part of monied interests on the right.
They only act as self interested as we allow them too, and they are too competitive with one another to execute any grand multiparty plot with regards to a deregulatory movement or pushing other interests out of the national political picture (in this case Teachers Unions).
The monied interests on the left that have arisen post Citizens United will continue to serve as a counterweight the the PAC's (super and otherwise) on the right. I will concede that the right has more experience using $$ this way and currently may enjoy an advantage over PAC's on the left, but by the next presidential cycle, they will have learned and be neck and neck with the right on the super PAC front.
I also had hoped that a Conservative like Will McAvoy would have wanted to address our governments tendency towards bureaucratic largesse, or any other number of issues that plague our nation.
I understand that some conservatives are a sizable portion of the problem, and that getting our national political discussion to a more civil place is important, but without highlighting mistakes made on both sides of the isle, this show is not going to appeal those who need to see it most, and will ultimately keep it from being as great as it could be.
I still love the show and look forward with great anticipation to each weeks new episode, but I'm not quite the fan boy I once was.
I loved the Jenga analogy that Olivia Munn's character used to explain the price of financial deregulation.
Also her explanation of the pass and repeal of the Glass-Steagall was factually excellent. Although her response to Mackenzie's question of "did it work" was a little doe-eyed if you ask me.
I hate to admit that I'm enjoying whatever is going on between Jim and Maggie.
The Newsroom gets right much more than it gets wrong, but without a more even handed perspective it could devolve into the same kind of mouthpiece for opinions of those writing the show, that it purports to be fighting against.