Full disclosure: I’ve been a huge fan of everything Aaron Sorkin has done (with the exception of The Social Network – no interest) and love his writing style, even more so when it is bombastic and over the top. But not everyone does and Sorkin’s new show, “The Newsroom”, has taken body blows from some critics. Warren Adler is one of them with his well written article about the show.
While I take several issues with the column, this caught my eye:
What makes me wonder about the integrity of Mr. McAvoy’s character is why portray him as an angry America hater from the get go? I kept wondering how he even became an anchor with such a profound distaste for his country. I mean, he really hates America.
I think Mr Adler missed the point on this. In watching the show and the scene in particular Adler refers to, I didn’t get the impression that Jeff Daniels’ character, Will McAvoy, “hates America”. I got the impression that he loves his country but is sad and disillusioned at the (slow?) decline from what he perceives as the glory days, at least as far as journalism is concerned.
But Adler brings up a point of discussion I’ve had many times. As a native born Canadian, I love my home country. But I also love America. But loving either doesn’t mean they are above criticism. Critiquing a thing doesn’t mean you hate it. Sometimes, it means you love it so much, you want it to be even better.
Warren Adler may have missed the “Newsroom” Point