Spoilers for The Newsroom, season 3 episode 5 follow. Read at your own risk.
Throughout this truncate season, I’ve had some real glimmers of hope for The Newsroom. The show, about a plucky, holier-than-thou newsroom that decides not to pander to the lowest common denominator, but to treat their audience as if they were intelligent, moral people, has had its detractors, many of them in newsrooms throughout the US. Personally I like the idealism that it strives for, but the show often brushes off key factors like ratings and advertisers, adding a layer of surreality to the proceedings.
Some of those neglected elements have been coming back to bite the fictional newsroom this season. The network has been sold to a nouveau riche new media ‘visionary’ who stands for everything the newsroom doesn’t -- citizen journalism and immediacy over fact checking and second-sourcing news. Add to this that the newsroom is still suffering from a loss of credibility for getting suckered into presenting a detailed and very incorrect report on the US military using sarin gas in Afghanistan.