Monday, August 6, 2012

Episode 7: 5/1

There are some events that happen that don’t require any research to find the facts. Even if you were sleeping, the world gets you up to speed the next morning without having to ask for the information. What The Newsroom covers in this episode was one of those moments that didn’t require any effort on your part to know what had happened.

The first image I remember when I learned of Osama bin Laden’s death was that of the fans at the Mets versus Phillies game (referenced on the show) breaking out into a “USA” chant. That was on the 10 a.m. Sports Center the next morning. I heard the news via Facebook or Twitter, but I wasn’t in front of my TV that night. Or, if I was, I was watching Game of Thrones.

There are a couple little political pot shots taken by the clearly biased Sorkin, but generally this episode sticks to the facts because some things you just can’t fudge. Some things transcend politics. Some things are bigger than the moments they inhabit.

This event was definitely bigger than this show or this blog so I’ll leave it at that.

Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.


  1. by far the best epsode of this show so far. i especailly loved how they ended it, very powerful, though i woudl have preferred the entire speech be incorperated.

    tbh, i didn't see any political pot shots being taken, i guess i was more concerned by the event they were reporting sicne i missed them.

    however, i was particularly moved by the plane scene; when he looks at the pilot and the realization hits that how hes acting is uncalled for was very powerful and moved me to tears.

    very good episode.

  2. Evidently, The Rock tweeted the news 47 seconds after Rumsfeld's old chief of staff Keith Urbanh