Writer and producer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Newsroom, The Social Network) talks with former Chief Presidential Speechwriter Jon Favreau about what it means to be moral in 2014, what we value as heroic in life and in fiction, and how film and television have documented our transition from an analogue to a digital world.
On the critically maligned HBO series The Newsroom, Sorkin had this to say to the journalists in the room: “I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over."
He went on to explain:
I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding. I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done. That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind. I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news. It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in… Also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do… So, I wasn’t trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn’t my intent and it’s never my intent to teach you a lesson or try to persuade you or anything.
This episode is included in the Tribeca Film Fest Talks #smartbinge podcast playlist at wnyc.org/smartbinge