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Episode Two of Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom: Conservatives Are Stupid and Racist
NewsBuster.org ^ | July 3, 2012 | Kelly McGarey

Posted on 07/03/2012 10:04:09 AM PDT by Kaslin

During last week's premiere of Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama, The Newsroom, viewers were introduced to Will MacAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels), a popular news anchor with scathing opinions about the United States. Episode two continued the liberal talking points, this time portraying conservative opinions on immigration as both racist and stupid.

On the July 1 HBO broadcast, MacAvoy turned to Arizona's immigration law. Somehow, instead of a qualified expert, the only people that the fictional production team are able to find to advocate for the law are a ditzy beauty queen who claims that she didn't win a pageant because she agreed with the law, an extremely racist 'author' of self-published anti-immigration literature and a member of a citizen-run border-patrolling militia. [Video coming soon. MP3 audio here.]

MacAvoy is then instructed to interview these last-minute guests immediately after a prominent immigrant rights advocate who had been thoroughly prepped for his appearance. Predictably, the first guest delivers his pre-prepared remarks with ease and makes an argument that leaves MacAvoy visibly enchanted.

He then sarcastically turns to his producer and gleefully tells her that "a hospitality major will not be able to speak with sophistication about constitutional law" and proceeds to ask the beauty queen about the constitutionality of states forming their own foreign policy, a subject which she has no knowledge of. The other two guests are no better and through his questions, MacAvoy is able to successfully paint them as un-educated, right-wing hacks.

Even after this, MacAvoy is not finished injecting his opinion into the news. He decides a to air an authorized segment of Sarah Palin blundering a foreign policy question before patronizingly breaking it down and explaining what "she really meant" to the viewers.

After only two episodes, it's clear what viewers can expect from Newsroom: an obnoxious liberal agenda and conservatives constantly portrayed as dumb.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: hbo; sorkin

1 posted on 07/03/2012 10:04:19 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I haven’t subscribed to H-BLOWS for years.


2 posted on 07/03/2012 10:06:21 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin
I've seen this show twice now. It is so obviously Sorkin's wet dream and a showcase for his oh-so-enlightened and caring liberal values it's painful to watch. p>That, and the rapid-fire delivery of the dialogue where people talk as fast as they can to each other and barely wait for each other to finish.

The "aren't we clever" and pervasive smugness theme that runs through the show is obnoxious to watch.

3 posted on 07/03/2012 10:08:38 AM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Kaslin

We hold these truths to be self-evident....


4 posted on 07/03/2012 10:09:33 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Kaslin

Seems very truthful. We all know the media doesn’t play fair and likes to pit well prepared experts against unprepared random people to make their favorite side sound better. By showing exactly how this works the show is much more of a hit on the media than on the conservatives it shows being ambushed.


5 posted on 07/03/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Kaslin
Conservatives Are Stupid

if he means 'Conservatives consistently vote for lying scumbags who say anything to get elected but turn right around and stab them in the back' then i can agree with that.
6 posted on 07/03/2012 10:10:52 AM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: Kaslin

The approach of this fictional TV show reminds me of some segments of O’Reilly. Several times I’ve seen segments where O’Reilly wants to pontificate on something; so he brings on a throw-down guest who knows little about the subject as his “opponent” to make himself look good.


7 posted on 07/03/2012 10:11:48 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t mind too much. The Wire ripped Democrats and liberalism to shreds.


8 posted on 07/03/2012 10:12:05 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Future generations will curse what we've done to them.)
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To: Huskrrrr

HBO? Oh yeah, that overpriced subscription to a specific set of movies that start per HBO’s schedule. Not a good business model when you can pay a fraction of the cost for on-demand services (Netflix, Amazzon, Hulu, etc.). Good luck HBO to you and your investors, keep peddling crap too, that’s pure genius...


9 posted on 07/03/2012 10:12:56 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: Kaslin

Just renewed for Season Two. I have not watched it but thought maybe I would. It seems kinda boring to me.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 10:14:35 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Kaslin
Newsmen are leftist.
Hollywood is leftist.
Ditto for magazines, publishers and most books.

In spite of that, more Americans identify themselves as conservative.

If leftists didn't get so much free publicity - there'd be so few of them that we'd be able to smell the stench of liberal elite without it being part of the air...

11 posted on 07/03/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT by GOPJ (Way to go Kraft Foods. I now associate your brand with anal sex.(Oreo cookies) Freeper agere_contra)
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To: Kaslin
Wonder how Carrie is doing?

12 posted on 07/03/2012 10:28:40 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t Sorkin the same guy who wrote “West Wing”? Why would anyone expect anything different from him? Instead of getting mad, and giving the show FREE press, why don’t we just ignore his show?


13 posted on 07/03/2012 10:38:44 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

Free press that says - in effect - “Sorkin, your show sucks ass”.

Lets keep pointing and laughing at this loser.


14 posted on 07/03/2012 10:41:02 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Kaslin

Par for the course for Sorkin. And HBO.


15 posted on 07/03/2012 10:52:33 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on...)
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To: SuziQ

Yup. He’s also responsible for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, which was sort of like “30 Rock” (they both debuted in the same season) but even more unfunny and with a lot more leftie talking points.


16 posted on 07/03/2012 11:06:09 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on...)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
"I don’t mind too much. The Wire ripped Democrats and liberalism to shreds."

To shreds.

'The Wire' was a perfect lesson to America why moronic metro area liberals at all levels piss off the rest of America so much.

17 posted on 07/03/2012 11:20:15 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Kaslin
I watched the first episode. It was incredibly funny to me. It was like watching a combination of Democratic Underground posts, fake wrestling and the liar guy from Saturday Night Live. All happening with "really serious" music in the background. The camera work looks like it was done by someone who did the early MTV videos when MTV ran music videos. Snap, cut away, snap, cut away, loop!

The dialog is insanely hilarious! Every single segment, no matter how small, has humans speaking in ways that humans would be speaking if humans spoke everything perfectly. No "ahhs" or "you knows" or any verbal miscues. This only applies to the liberals though. The conservatives or more accurately "targets" in the show are absolute idiots who obviously can't think. Sorkin writes such that his characters sound like geniuses speaking with retards. With a cadence that reminds me of an old bit Johnny Carson did years ago with Jack Webb.

The funniest thing is the seriousness of everything. Everything is such a big deal. It is one very long OMG! Which is amusing because they do their "news show" then all go home. Which is kind of silly considering the "gravity" of everything they do. They are saving the entire planet but just not all the time. LOL!

The bottom line is that "The News Room" is nothing more than a liberal circle jerk that is very transparent unless you are a moron.....

18 posted on 07/03/2012 12:09:44 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Kaslin

I’d sooner expect the gophers in my lawn to leave gold nuggets in the holes they dig than an Aaron Sordid production to be fair to conservatives.


19 posted on 07/03/2012 12:20:21 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin
I've never had HBO...and never will.Just 27 different channels of utter trash.
20 posted on 07/03/2012 12:25:26 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Kaslin
Gee, what a surprise. And on the network that brings you Bill Maher, too.
21 posted on 07/03/2012 12:25:41 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: isthisnickcool
Check out the Sorkinisms video.

If the dialogue sounds unlikely, it's because it's been recycled from all his earlier shows.

22 posted on 07/03/2012 12:28:41 PM PDT by x
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To: Gay State Conservative

When we first got cable in 1972 we took HBO because of the movies. After a few month we realized that the same movies were repeating. So we canceled the program and have not used it since then


23 posted on 07/03/2012 3:53:21 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: x

That was hilarious. The guy is a one trick pony!


24 posted on 07/03/2012 6:26:00 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: The KG9 Kid; Psycho_Bunny

The Wire did a lot to rip on both sides. In particular seasons 2 and 3 definitely hit on conservative ideals and republican policies.


25 posted on 07/03/2012 7:06:42 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Kaslin

Everyone knows that Christians are non-scientific, ignorant and ill-educated; that they have faith in nothingness, love weapons of destruction, believe that women should not have the right to choose and can’t think their way out of a paper bag.

They’re morons, idiots, knuckle-draggers, jerks, hicks, dolts, classless tobacco-chewing crackers and all-around reactionary dopes who are way below the level of advancement of brilliant, intellectual, really-really bright, Progressive, intellectual geniuses. Ya know?
(Just ask any Progressive.)

/S/

IMHO


26 posted on 07/04/2012 5:21:42 AM PDT by ripley
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