Monday, July 29, 2013

Episode 2.3: Willie Pete

While Operation Genoa is, as a whole, fictional, the show is doing what it can to make it seem like a story that someone might chase. The part of the story I'd like to address this week is what chemical agent was used during Genoa. The description in the show of people being burned is not consistent with sarin. It is, however, possibly consistent with white phosphorus. Here I will summarize the effects of each chemical, but for a better description of sarin click here and pay special attention to the Health Effects section, and for more on white phosphorus click this.  Sarin does not cause burns or boils on the skin; it's a nerve agent. It is very deadly but burning isn't one of its properties. White phosphorus, on the other hand, has a propensity to burn anything flammable within range. Charlie Skinner revealing that using white phosphorus improperly may be enough for a war crime will likely be important later.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Episode 2.2: The Genoa Tip

I will start off this fact check with a simple statement, one that I will not repeat in subsequent posts: Operation Genoa is pure fiction.

This episode is plagued by timing issues much like many of last year's episodes. This episode is special though as it features stories breaking both too early and too late. The first little piece of information dropped on the show is a case of being a little slow on the uptake. The journalists who were released from the Rixos hotel in Libya were all over the news by the morning of August 24, 2011, but the news team is talking about it on the morning of the 25th. Also, by September 19, 2011 people were getting arrested for wearing masks at Occupy Wall Street protests in Manhattan. The show doesn't get to them until the 21st, despite having the 19th as a part of the show. News clearly travels faster where you don't speak Sorkinese.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thank You to All My Readers

A huge thank you goes out to all of you reading this for making the past few days busier than I could have imagined. With over 1,000 unique people (compared with fewer than 6,000 between last August and this past Saturday) visiting the site over the past three days, I feel like I'm not yelling into an empty room anymore.

Thank you all very much for caring about the facts at least as much as the love triangles.

Your Obedient Fact Checker,

Brian William Waddell

Monday, July 15, 2013

Newsroom Episode 2.1: First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers

It's good to be back. For those of you returning from last year, I offer a hearty welcome back. For those of you new to this blog, or new to the show as a whole, I'd like to give you a big welcome. I've missed you.

As always, this blog is full of spoilers, but why are you looking up the facts if you haven't watched the show? Without any further ado, these are said facts.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Out of Context

A quick note before the real fun begins tomorrow: When I say something is taken "out of context" it means it is not given the proper frame for people to really be able to understand the situation or quote involved. If you take issue with me saying that something is "out of context" in a show that rarely gives any context while I go to the trouble of giving the context, then you will be consistently disappointed with this blog. Any quote given in part or without background details is taken out of context, and I will do my best to put it into context. I am usually not saying anything about whether the quote is being misrepresented on the show or misused, just that it has a context and I aim to give that context.

There was a comment about some of the stuff being not "out of context" during Episode 10 last season that I mistakenly deleted. I stand behind every inch of text in that particular blog.