Aaron Sorkin Admits He Never Intended To “Teach Journalism” With The Newsroom

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Photo: HBO


Aaron Sorkin has apologised with regards to his HBO series The Newsroom, and says that he’d “like to start over”.

The show’s creator was speaking to a crowd at a Tribeca Film Festival discussion, where he said; “I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over.”

Sorkin continued, “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.”

Sorkin remarked, “I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it” after being asked was he happy with The Newsroom. He added, “I’ve very proud of The Newsroom. I have the time of my life working with the people that I work with, but there is a learning curve and unfortunately, those lessons are learned in front of several million people. Again, that’s what you sign up for. I wish that I could go back to the beginning of The Newsroom and start again and replicate what you have with a play, which is a preview period…But I’m feeling really good about how the third season is going. I’ll look back on it fondly and proudly and wish I could get every scene of every episode back so that I could do it all over again.”

The HBO series, which stars Emily Mortimer and Jeff Daniels, has been renewed for it’s third and final season and is set to air in late 2014 in the States.



Kayleigh Falvey