HBO’s new series The Newsroom is must-see TV for anybody who cares about the fate of America.
The American dialog has devolved into corporate sponsored puppetry. The news that you see on television, all sponsored in one form or another by corporate America, rarely ask the tough questions.
Now, in a scintillating news series by HBO–The Newsroom–we get to go behind the scenes of a cable news organization struggling to present the real news.
The lead protagonist is cable news anchor named Will McAvoy, portrayed by Jeff Daniels. For years, Will McAvoy has been the beloved anchor, presenting the news just as the corporate sponsors would have it. His lovable persona, befitting more a late night talk show host, has been purchased by the corporations, but a passion lurks within that soon bluntly surfaces.
In the first episode of the series, as he sits in some televised roundtable with predictable political dribble, Will reaches his boiling point as a soroityish , sophomore college student from the audience asks: “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?”
Will attempts to give his typically, light-hearted non-threatening response, but the moderator won’t let him off the hook. At this point, Will envisions someone in the audience, who we later find out is his former girlfriend/newsroom producer, holding up a sign that says “It’s not…but it can be”. He then boils over.
Watch The Newsroom Episode 1
Do you want to see Will’s response? HBO has made available episode one of The Newsroom, which I have linked below. Watch the first 10 minutes to see Will’s response and find out whay America may not be the greatest country in the world…but could be again:
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