HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ and America: ‘It Isn’t The Best Country In The World – But It Can Be’

Last night I watched the pilot episode of HBO’s new drama,The Newsroom, which is created, written, and produced by Aaron Sorkin. Simply put, the pilot is fantastic and inspiring.

First, a bit of background: I graduated from a journalism school. More specifically, I got a BA in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in print journalism. When I left school, I was very enthusiastic about writing and understanding the media, but at the same time, I was determined to not go into my field. I thought that the journalists who inspired me and the integrity of the medium were being overrun by opinions. Not the opinions of the journalists themselves but the predetermined opinions of the audience (and their ignorance) and the forced agendas of the owners of the major networks. It wasn’t just FOX; it was everyone. CNN was a joke looking to fill the air with anything they could find. NBC, ABC, and CBS had lost their credibility and their influential evening news hosts (save possibly Brian Williams).

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