My new favorite show is HBO’s The Newsroom. You may have seen edited versions of the “America isn’t the greatest country anymore” clip floating around Facebook for various political purposes. Below is (almost) the complete opening scene of the first episode.
It’s an amazing blend of really serious drama and really silly comedy about news and politics. It almost makes me want to try to write about politics again*.
Mostly because I can strongly relate to the show’s views on news and politics, which from my perspective are fairly centrist. (I imagine it’s popularly believed to be slanted liberal though, because anything that isn’t slammed all the way over to the right is considered liberal these days.) Most importantly, The Newsroom portrays journalists doing what I think they should be doing: Keeping politicians honest. Unfortunately in real life, that job falls on comedians, while journalists seem content in their role of parroting whatever they’re told to say.
* Except I now know that trying to push back the mountains of ignorance that comes out of political discussions every day to be a quixotic effort. Hey, see what I did there? I used a metaphor from the show!