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'The Newsroom' Recap: The Rage Phase, Twitter Etiquette

Editing errors and a fake news report are only a few of the problems facing the "News Night" team in the fifth episode of season two.            //

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: ‘News Night with Will McAvoy’

The show jumps ahead about 6 months: It’s March 16, 2012. This episode takes place entirely during Will’s show.  Read More... //

The Newsroom Recap: Out of Africa

We’ve spent so much time talking about The Newsroom ’s women problem that we haven’t talked about its race problem. “Unintended Consequences,” an apt title for an episode that tried to anticipate its own backlash, was full of reminders that for all of its liberalism, The Newsroom is hamfisted when it tries to diversify. Last night’s episode turned Gary into a punchline, Kendra into a token, a racial slur into fodder, and African children into treacle. It was the kind of episode that a supposed race warrior like Don would have found execrable.  Read More.... //

The Newsroom Review: Maggie's African Adventure

Life is full of " Unintended Consequences " but once it happens there is no going back.  This week it was Maggie's turn on the hot seat as she was interviewed by ACN's high priced attorney Rebecca, concerning Genoa. But whether a Colonel said "it happened" or it didn't wasn't the real story. What they were really asking about was whether or not Maggie's state of mind was clouding her memory. And it all circled back to her trip to Africa. There had been so much build up about Maggie's African adventure that I had a knot in my stomach for every scene, anticipating the horror that I knew would eventually occur.  Read More... //

The Newsroom "Unintended Consequences" Review: Deus Ex Sorkina

Is it swagger or laziness to have a character wish aloud for a "preposterous stroke of luck" concerning the introduction of information that would allow a season-long storyline to advance? Read More... //

‘The Newsroom’ TV Recap: ‘Unintended Consequences’

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'The Newsroom' Recap: Complicated States of Mind

In the fourth episode of season two, things go wrong in Africa and get cynical on the campaign trail.         Read More... //

The Newsroom Recap: Mission to Civilize, Onward

  “Willie Pete,” the talkiest Newsroom yet in this mildly improved second season, yakked its way through one question in particular: What does it mean to be a good soldier? Should the "don't ask, don't tell" soldier have kept quiet about his sexual orientation? Should Mitt Romney have scolded the bigoted voters who could help elect him? Should Nina Howard have published the story even though Will asked her not to? Should Jim keep quiet on a bus full of bullshit, for fear of being thrown off? Should Sloan not speak up about Lockheed Martin’s drone participation? Should a marine keep quiet about a (fabricated) chemical weapons strike? Read More.... //

The Newsroom Review: Mission to Civilize

There are moments when I'm reminded how much I love Aaron Sorkin's dialogue. It's sharper and funnier than any mere mortal could ever speak in real life and so damn quick that I wouldn't get a word of it down if it weren't for my handy dandy Tivo.  Along those lines, " Willie Pete " reminded me how much fun The Newsroom can be. Starting with Will's tirade over the reaction a combat soldier got for questioning the Republican presidential candidates over the military's policies for gay soldiers.  Well, it was more that Will questioned the candidates lack of reaction to audience members who booed the man who was currently overseas serving his country.  Read More... //

The Newsroom "Willie Pete" Review: Everything in Its Right Place

"Willie Pete" proved affable but never built toward anything beyond plot points that will likely have a bigger impact down the road. So essentially, no harm, no foul. Read More... //