08/06/2013 12:29 pm ET

Aaron Sorkin Says 'The Newsroom' Doesn't Report The News


In case you've been relying on Aaron Sorkin as a news source, it may be time to turn your attention elsewhere: He doesn't report the news on "The Newsroom."

"We don't report the news on 'The Newsroom.' The news serves as a backdrop against which we're telling our own stories. It's historical fiction," Sorkin explained to New Republic. "If there's dramatic value to the way a story's reported or if it can serve as the basis for a conflict of ideas or if we can put one or more of our characters into the story without disturbing the reality of what really happened then it has a chance of showing up on the show."

Although there's no guarantee that Sorkin will cover all the recent controversial news events such as Anthony Weiner in Season 3, he's already managed to ruffle a few feathers in the second season of the controversial HBO series.

On last Sunday's episode of "The Newsroom," Jim Harper (John Gallagher Jr.) got kicked off a Romney press bus because aides for his campaign weren't a fan of "The Newsroom's" fictional program "News Night."

"You all would have heard about that if it had happened," miffed Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams told The Salt Lake Tribune, adding that the show "doesn't seem to be very close to the truth."

"The Newsroom" airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

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