I moved a month ago and decided to “cut the cord”, not subscribing to HBO, Showtime or even more than basic cable, internet and Netflix. I could live without the latest “American Horror Story”, “The Walking Dead” and even “Game of Thrones”, but believed I’d miss “The Newsroom”. As is my wont, sought reassurance from critics that the later was no more than a guilty pleasure. Creator and writer Aaron Sorkin is accused of being sanctimonious, sermonizing, smug and intellectually self-serving. One article even criticized him for being incapable of writing the antihero. This is, after all, the age of the antihero. Huh? As I read more became angry and defensive.
I’ve found Sorkin’s “The West Wing” on Netflix and, having not watched a single episode when it aired in prime time, am getting my fix in daily binges. His writing might be unrealistically optimistic and sentimental, but succeeds in making me feel rewarded, educated with at least semi-realistic insight into behind-the scenes news and politics. I find myself caring about the characters and cannot admit that about much on television. So, if the emmy wins and nominations aren’t enough validation, Aaron Sorkin, you now have this unabashed acknowledgment.