Here’s What’s Wrong With The Newsroom Season Two

Ken AshfordPopular Culture1 Comment

Aaron?  You there?  Did you stumble on this website because you googled "what's wrong with the newsroom season two"?  You did, didn't you?  That's why you're here, right?

Okay, I'll cut to the chase.

I'm fine what you did with the Jim-Maggie-Don thing.  That needed doing.  And I like Don's growth.  He's my favorite charactor now.  And I know I'm not alone in that.

I'm fine that you turned down the whole Will-Mac thing.  Yes, he was hurt.  Yes, he can't forgive her.  We got that.

Here's what's wrong with Season Two, Aaron.


The Season Two finale airs this coming weekend.  And we're supposed to believe that somebody has to pay for Genoa?  That heads must roll?

There is a great scene at the beginning of Season Two Episode 7.  It's Don Keefer, in the room of lawyers.  He asks repeatedly, "What am I missing?  Why am in a room with lawyers?  Why are there lawyers?  Why lawyers?"

He's acting with incredulity.  ACN is being sued for wrongful termination by Dan Tanner, the Washington bureau chief who replaced Jim, and who pushed the Genoa story.

Oh yeah, and he doctored the interview.  He spliced it to make it look like a 3-star general admitted that the U.S. used chemical weapons.

I'm with Don on this.  Whatever else may have happened, it is certainly not the fault of Mac or Will or Charlie or anybody that the story aired.  Dan Tanner made a fake interview tape.  Others lied to Charlie.

Is it unfortunate that Will McAvoy now has a credibility problem?  Sure.  Does ACN need to fix that?  Sure.

But I don't buy that Will, Mackenzie, and Charlie all have to resign.  And this falling all over themselves to do the "right thing" — well, it seems wrong.

Aaron, in every show you've written, you write about people who are good at what they do.  The Newsroom is no different.  They are good at what they do.  Maybe Genoa taught them to be less smug about how right they are, and that's fine.  But I don't think it is the crisis that the entire season has made it out to be.  Because no matter what, they all are pretty good at what they do.  Very good, I would say.