Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has jumped to the defense of his show ‘The Newsroom,’ after real life journalists have criticized the HBO series for it’s portrayal of their job.
The new series debuted to mixed reviews last month, many by journalists who claimed it’s an unrealistic portrayal of the industry.
Sorkin, who penned the series has hit back at the claims, insisting that all of his projects are fantasy set against very real and serious events.
During an appearance on ‘Fresh Air’ radio program, Sorkin explained, “I like writing about heroes that don’t wear capes and disguises. It’s inspirational. ‘Gee, it looks like the real world and feels like the real world, why can’t this be the real world?’… The show is meant to be a fantasy set against very real and oftentimes very serious events.”
Olivia Munn, who plays a financial analyst on the series also has sounded off, insisting that Sorkin is not taking swipe at journalists with his script.
She tells New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog, “Sorkin loves journalists, loves the media, loves the news. I don’t believe the show is his soapbox for him to lecture the media on how to be better. On the contrary, I believe his show is an opportunity to help the audience fall in love with the news again.”
If you haven’t seen the show yet, you might want to check it out. The writing is superb, and might actually make you fall in love with the news again!