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HBO's 'Newsroom' Becomes MSNBC: Trashes Tea Party, Compares Bachmann to McCarthy
NewsBusters.com ^ | July 9, 2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 07/09/2012 9:02:29 AM PDT by Kaslin

People turning on HBO Sunday evening must have thought they'd accidentally switched channels to MSNBC.

In the third episode of Aaron Sorkin's new drama Newsroom, those involved in the fictitious cable news network ACN all basically became MSNBC employees mercilessly attacking the Tea Party whilst comparing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to the late Joe McCarthy (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

HBO's 'Newsroom' Becomes MSNBC: Trashes Tea Party, Compares Bachmann to McCarthy

The episode was done largely as a flashback. At the core was a meeting between heads of the parent company Atlantis World Media including CEO Leona Lansing played by Jane Fonda as well as ACN's news division president played by Sam Waterston. This dramatically took place the day after the 2010 midterm elections.

ACN's program Newsnight has taken a hard turn to the left in recent months, and ratings have dropped by seven points. Top brass aren't happy, and they're taking Waterston to the woodshed for it.

Snippets of the “past” were shown beginning with the controversial Olbermann-like anchor played by Jeff Daniels starting a broadcast with an editorial comment addressing how he’s been asleep at the wheel like many "journalists," and is going to start attacking forces in the government supposedly destroying the nation.

That, of course, would be the Tea Party.

To demonstrate just how far to the left he was willing to go, he and his production team decided to only give about three minutes to the attempted bombing in New York’s Times Square in 2010

Back in the boardroom, Waterston got chewed out for this decision because everyone was switching the channel from ACN to the other cable networks that were giving this more airtime.

Waterston responded, “Media Matters, Think Progress, Howard Kurtz and the Columbia Journalism Review all praised our coverage of the Times Square bomb.”

One can plainly see some of the furthest-left, most biased entities in our nation basically have a hand in HBO's new offering.

What should one expect from a network that features Bill Maher and has a hit program that used the decapitated head of former President George W. Bush as a prop?

As the show continued, Daniels went on a lengthy, factually-challenged rant against the Tea Party besmirching folks like Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Jim DeMint, and Allen West while conveniently pushing to raise taxes on the nation's richest one percent.

Potentially worse, mixed in with characterizations of real people were manufactured personalities that don't exist.

The producers concocted a phony member of Congress called Bryce Delaney just defeated in a primary by a Tea Party candidate.

During an interview with Daniels, Delaney claimed he lost because he said at a townhall meeting that Obama wasn’t a socialist. He also made the awful “mistake” of co-sponsoring a bill with a Democrat that provided for homeless veterans to receive housing vouchers and services such as counseling and job training.

This is tremendously scary stuff, and a bit unethical in my view.

By mixing fake characters in with real politicians, Sorkin is free to say anything he wants without sticking to facts as the overwhelmingly large percentage of viewers aren't going to know who's real and who's an illusion.

Back in the boardroom, things were really beginning to heat up. We found out that AWM as a result of all the Tea Party bashing has lost the backing of the Koch brothers.

Months prior, Daniels went on a lengthy rant accusing the Kochs and Americans for Prosperity of being behind the Tea Party movement - almost as if written by the leftists at the George Soros-funded Think Progress.

Sorkin on Sunday was proudly channeling some of the most left-wing views in America today, and just like Think Progress and MSNBC doing so without regard to fact or context.

But the worst was yet to come.

It's now election night 2010, and Daniels interviewed another fictitious Tea Party candidate victorious at the polls and refusing to answer questions about the looming debt ceiling vote.

Daniels perfectly exemplified all of the far-left's unfounded paranoia that not raising the debt ceiling would have caused a global financial cataclysm.

Back in the boardroom, Fonda has now taken over the meeting, and demanded to know what Waterston's done to Newsnight.

"I engineered a situation," Waterston replied, "wherein an executive producer with a unique ability to bring out the very best in an anchor with a unique ability were paired to do a news broadcast this company can and should be proud of."

“And rebrand ACN as MSNBC’s more combative brother?” asked Fonda.

"We did the news," he countered.

"For the Left," Fonda correctly interjected. .

"For the center," objected Waterston.

Fonda then asked what likely most intelligent viewers were thinking. "Are you f--king out of your mind?"

This led Waterston to do his best Sorkin. "For the center, Leona. Facts are the center. Facts. We don't pretend that certain facts are in dispute to give the appearance of fairness to people who don't believe them. Balance is irrelevant to me. It doesn't have anything to do with truth, logic, or reality."

These lines almost came verbatim from an interview Sorkin did with New York magazine in June:

I don’t believe the truth always lies in the middle. I don’t believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of "fairness" is what’s troubling to me.

But Sorkin wasn't done, for through Waterston he sneered, “America just elected the most dangerous and addle-minded Congress in my lifetime.”

After things got even more heated, Fonda told Waterston that the news division he oversees is only responsible for less than three percent of AWM's revenues.

"You don't make money for stockholders," Fonda scolded, "which I have a fiduciary responsibility to do."

"Well, last night," Fonda continued, "the voters ousted 21 percent of Congress, including seven members of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Three of those seven are AWM's most reliable friends on the Hill. Now, the congressmen that will be replacing them are the same people that [Daniels] has been making look like f--king morons for the last six months."

"They've done a pretty good job making themselves look like morons," replied Waterston.

"I have business before this Congress, Charlie," objected Fonda, "And whatever you may think of these people, which is the same thing I think of them, they hold the keys to the future of AWM."

So even Fonda - who appears to play the only sane character on the program, mind you! - agrees with the left-wing view but is opposing it exclusively for business reasons.

This is the exact same offensive falsehood promulgated by the left: business people only go against liberal positions for money NOT because they have deep-seated conservative views.

Regardless, Waterston countered, "News organizations are a public trust with an ability to inform and influence the national conversation."

"I know," responded Fonda. "That's why I bought one."

She then informed her employee that they're not candidates anymore, they're Congressman, and Daniels is going to tone it down.

Waterston objected, "If Joe McCarthy sat on the House Subcommittee for Communications and Technology, would you have told Murrow to lay off?"

"No," Fonda answered.

"Why?" asked Waterston.

"Because he was a genuinely bad guy," Fonda replied.

"Michele Bachmann's called for Congress to be investigated to ferret out House members who are un-American," Waterston said.

"Michele Bachmann is a hairdo," rudely responded Fonda. "I'm not worried about Michele Bachmann."

"I wonder how many people weren't worried about McCarthy," objected Waterston.

"You know, Charlie, a lot of people might argue that [Daniels] is on a witch hunt," offered Fonda.

"And a lot of people might argue there are witches out there," Waterston countered.

"I'll fire him, Charlie," said Fonda as the musical score got more tense.

And this was largely where episode three concluded.

When you add it all up, HBO and Sorkin have for all intents and purposes recreated Keith Olbermann, one of the most biased, hateful, and factually-challenged commentators to ever appear on television, and allowed him along with his staff to present a far-left view of America absent any regard for the truth.

Yes, HBO is now MSNBC.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aaronsorkin; hanoijane; hbo; hbomsnbc; janefonda; media; michellebachmann; msnbc; newsroom; sorkin

1 posted on 07/09/2012 9:02:41 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

HBO is just as consistently anti-American as MSNBC. Anything else would be a surprise.


2 posted on 07/09/2012 9:07:46 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Kaslin

ACN = All Communist Network(?)


3 posted on 07/09/2012 9:09:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin

As long as the Tea Party scares the hell out of these nut jobs, we must be doing something right. Drive them into the tents of Occupy.


4 posted on 07/09/2012 9:12:29 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Kaslin
Another unrepresented shocker!
5 posted on 07/09/2012 9:12:57 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Kaslin

And like MSNBC, no one is watching “Newsroom” either.....


6 posted on 07/09/2012 9:15:08 AM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Kaslin

Who watches this crap? And who actually enjoys it?


7 posted on 07/09/2012 9:18:41 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: Kaslin

HBO mgmt must be either flush with subscribers or desperately trying to attract the left. Or, maybe they don’t care.

Odd corporate behavior nonetheless.


8 posted on 07/09/2012 9:19:30 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Kaslin

So, they are accusing Michelle Bachmann of being like Joe McCarthy . . . accusing her of being . . . RIGHT ABOUT THE COMMIES?????

What a great compliment!!!!


9 posted on 07/09/2012 9:19:35 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: Kaslin

Why do you even watch tat crap? Save your blood pressure and read a book.


10 posted on 07/09/2012 9:20:06 AM PDT by richardtavor
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To: Kaslin

Joe McCarthy has been proven right, just look around you at the communist in the white house, congress and the stae deopartment. Even after all its atrocities and failures people xstill want this country to be communist or at leastr socialist.


11 posted on 07/09/2012 9:21:59 AM PDT by Americanexpat (�It is going to get even worse now that the)
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To: Kaslin

What a shame.

I just caught the first episode of this show and thought it was pretty good and had promise.

But, considering the actors, and the network (HBO) my fears seem to have come true and it has turned left and has become a liberal propaganda tool, as usual (in Hollyweird). Bummer.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 9:22:53 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Kaslin

I cancelled my subscription to HBO in the 80s(and never looked back.) when they had on anti hunting cartoons for kids.....

one pos show was SEABERT about a friendly seal who helps stop hunters.

my kids are Neanderthals who helped me butcher all the deer I shot from a very young age...now that they are grown, they butcher their own deer and do mine for me while they are at it


13 posted on 07/09/2012 9:23:02 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Kaslin
When will the hollywierd crowd realize that you can't pi** in the faces of the people that pay the bills?
14 posted on 07/09/2012 9:25:28 AM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t and wont subscribe EVER to HBO.

My TV is still not working and I am not missing it at all.


15 posted on 07/09/2012 9:42:08 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Foolsgold
When will the hollywierd crowd realize that you can't pi** in the faces of the people that pay the bills?

when they START LOSING MONEY....obviously there are enough jackasses out there who like the golden showers....

16 posted on 07/09/2012 9:48:17 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SueRae

Same here


17 posted on 07/09/2012 9:54:07 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Never watched West Wing, would never watch this show.

Actually would never subscribe to HBO because they keep Maher on.


18 posted on 07/09/2012 10:02:17 AM PDT by altura (Vote Romney. He's our only hope.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t mind watching it, it’s for entertainment purposes. I’m interested how they’re going to handle this year’s election.

Jeff Daniel’s head is going to explode when Romney kicks Obama’s butt.


19 posted on 07/09/2012 10:10:29 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: skinndogNN

I knew exactly what the agenda was going to be for this show...

pointing out all the various aspects of evil conservative positions..

it’s strictly propaganda..with the winning argument always achieved by building straw men and knocking them down.

you couldn’t pay me enough to watch this show.


20 posted on 07/09/2012 10:24:14 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Kaslin

A blind man could have seen this coming with his cane.


21 posted on 07/09/2012 10:33:00 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Kaslin

Good post.

I watched it because it got some negative reviews meaning that Sorkin was not toeing the leftist line and maybe it was an honest assessment. After last night’s show there is no doubt that this is just another hateful screed platform for Sorkin to go on and on - another self righteous blowhard liberal who never comes near the realities of life if they don’t agree with his psycho leftist view of the world. I am done watching it, I really don’t need any more propaganda in my life.

The show sucked anyway! These speeches are bores!

Hey Sorkin - try Simpson-Bowles if you want some bi-partisanship and some honesty - you phony!

Hey Jane Fonda - thanks for betraying our troops in the field of battle!


22 posted on 07/09/2012 10:40:12 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Kaslin

LOL, it’s ‘The West Wing’ on steroids! All rats, all the time.
Good grief... This pathetic abomination won’t last a whole season.


23 posted on 07/09/2012 10:41:06 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kaslin
ACN's program Newsnight has taken a hard turn to the left in recent months, and ratings have dropped by seven points.

That should make them take a harder turn left and see if their ratings improve. They might drop a few more points, but that makes me happy. Of course, I've never watched that program.

24 posted on 07/09/2012 10:50:25 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: Kaslin

Sorkin is not very creative. He is the “recycler”. A one trick pony:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S78RzZr3IwI&feature=player_embedded#!

The Newsroom is recycled Sorkin trash produced with a lot of money. Sorkin picks an old news topic, takes a couple of hits of Extacy, then spins the topic into something akin to a wresting match. Fake good vs fake evil. All done up with “super serious” music and very serious people who are obviously very smart unless they are not raging liberals.

To me it is very funny. Listen to the “dialog”. No humans speak the way Sorkin writes. His characters are all incabable of saying “uh” or “you know” or anything that people use to pause when they think a little unless they are one of the good guy super liberals. They are all MENSA members who have perfect insights to everything. Anyone else that does not see things Sorkins way are buffoons. The “bad” guys on the right are all idiots and creeps.

The Newsroom is a liberal circle jerk that will last awhile on TV because is looks good and there is more money behind it than, say, Air America. It is shot like an early MTV video. Short scene, cut, pan, focus in, short scene, loop until episode is over. Watching Sorkin is like watching a dog pant heavily as if it is about to faint. The animal gets your attention because it looks so serious so you keep your eyes on it. But after awhile you start to understand it is just a dumb dog that is overheated. Then it pees on your leg.

What I find funniest is how important the “good” liberal characters are as they do their news “show”. They are so important and they are changing the world. But just for about an hour. Then they go home. LOL!


25 posted on 07/09/2012 10:53:52 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Kaslin

Air-And Sucking has created an HBO show that is biased towards liberals and treats conservatives like aphids in your garden??? Well, you could knock me over with a feather.


26 posted on 07/09/2012 9:01:22 PM PDT by driftless2
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