Aug 27, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(Orlando Sentinel) Aaron Sorkin used the season finale of “The Newsroom” to lash the Tea Party.
In its first season, the HBO drama has been an odd mixture of romantic comedy and op-ed piece.
The op-ed portion reigned in Sunday’s episode as anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a moderate Republican, summed up his objections to the Tea Party. He listed Tea Party views as “ideological purity, compromise as weakness, a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism, denying science, unmoved by facts, undeterred by new information, a hostile fear of progress, a demonization of education, a need to control women’s bodies, severe xenophobia, tribal mentality, intolerance of dissent and a pathological hatred of the U.S. government.”
McAvoy concluded: “They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.”
McAvoy editorialized to lambaste efforts at voter suppression. He also blasted Republicans such as Rep. Allen West of Florida and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (The episode was filmed before Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., offered his views on rape.) Sorkin’s editorial arrived just as the Republican National Convention begins this week in Tampa.
“The Newsroom” has been a roller-coaster ride. The good actors, such as Daniels and Emily Mortimer as a producer, helped sell the romantic stories and fast-paced dialogue. Yet the show turned self-important and preachy with the issues and the editorials. Sorkin can be fiery but he’s also exhausting.