HBO's The Newsroom is Aaron Sorkin's love letter to network TV News, at least the way it used to be, and to America. It tells the story of the collision between the way television journalism was and what journalism has become. Neither is a perfect medium, but the window he provides has an uncannily real quality to it. The critics have panned the first episode, which is set against the day that the BP oil spill happened in April 2010, largely because they think it has too many words, but with Sorkin's work, from The West Wing to The Social Network, it's about creating interesting, thought-provoking and emotional human interactions and moments that create sparks and tell larger exhilarating stories that make you think and care. You have to wonder what they would think of vintage Frank Capra. On the 40th anniversary of Watergate, it's a reminder of what goes on in newsrooms. With Sorkin and this cast of actors it can turn into something great. It's about, as the heroine says near the end, "reclaiming the Fourth Estate and speaking truth to stupid."
You can watch the first episode online now here.