Newsroom Season 1, Episode 7: 5/1

Hooray, Hooray it’s the first of May outdoor fucking begins today!

First of May

Wait, something else important happened? I was thinking that Sorkin went full porno… oh well I just got excited for nothing.

Late for Dinner (LFD): Call me Deep Throat

So, we don’t get outdoor fucking or pornography. I will leave any jokes about deep throat for the comment section as I will respect the journalistic practice of only making fun of this name in the newsroom.

Charlie: I’m not calling you Deep Throat. That’s a sacred pseudonym. And by the way, Deep Throat gave Woodward his name on the first call. He said, “Hi, this is Mark Felt. I’m the deputy director of the FBI and I want to talk to you about this story you’re writing.” So who is this?
LFD: Call me late for dinner. I’m not calling to give you a tip. I’m simply establishing my credibility.

Credibility is traditionally established with a name and occupation and fact checking. In this Sorkin world of integrity they would never be able to use this source.

I’m really hoping that Jim didn’t bring a guitar to the party as that would decrease his cool points to around -234,234,234 so I will just assume Will has multiple guitars and they decided to be those douche guitar guys at the party.

Will: When I was a junior in high school, I was already throwing a 74-mile-an-hour fastball, which puts a lot of stress on your landing leg. I also have epicondylitis in my elbow due to my mess-you-up breaking ball.

74 mph in high school? That isn’t really good… in fact that’s Greg Maddox/Jamie Moyer status (although even slower than them).

Mac: “I’m available. Call me.” That’s how you ask someone out? “I’m available. Call me.”

That would be a booty call and not a date. Honestly I would like to perform an experiment: have hot girls send this message to guys that they know (in real life… not Internet) and see if they get a call (I’m betting it happens pretty often).

Maggie: Somebody said you were in here working on a Sunday night during a party and I had no trouble believing it.
Jim: I was just securing the video overnights. It’s okay.
Maggie: It’s weird how the video overnights look so much like the Mets-Phillies game.
Jim: Isn’t it?

It is a little funny how they rally against how stupid pop culture is but love sports. Although if this could mean that Sorkin would return to Sports Night (my favorite of his shows) I would be completely fine with it.

Jim: No, what I said was, “And I do, too.” Which means that I love me. And I do. I look in the mirror and I like what I see. I’ve been on a journey of self-discovery to answer the question who is Jim Harper–
Maggie: Shut up

I wish that excuse would work in real life. Maggie is the rambling Sorkin speech’s Kryptonite.

Jim: I’ll write her a nice letter.
Maggie: No!
Jim: Everybody likes getting mail.
Maggie: You’re not overseas fighting World War I. You have to do it in person and you have to do tonight.
Jim: In the middle of a party?
Maggie: No. When she gets here, you’ll tell her you’d like to take a walk.
Jim: Hang on.
Maggie: And she’s not that sexy.
Jim: Yeah, she is.
Maggie: Just because of her sweet face?

Face, that’s the strangest name for boobs yet

Mac: How many people does your lift hold?
Will: What?
Mac: Your elevator, how many people can it hold?

They have been talking about how Mac is really an American and then she calls the elevator a lift? Strange.

Don: She set the Treasury Secretary on fire.
Sloan: It’s true.
Guy next to Sloan: Why?
Sloan: Just to show the other cabinet secretaries that I could.

This is awesome and a great answer. Other acceptable answers: “he kept asking me ‘Why’” or “I wanted Smores”

Sloan (reading): “Miss Sabbith, a lady always buttons her top button. If you buttoned your collar on television, you would be a lady. If you spilled water all over your front, I would like that, too.”

I vote option two. Also it’s worth noting that media personalities get a ton of bizarre messages like this.

Flight attendant: Insulting me is not gonna help you out much.

From personal experience: insulting doesn’t help much … but other things do. You either have to make them believe you have power over them (even if you don’t) or just completely not care what they say or do.

Flight attendant: I think later on tonight you’re gonna be saying, “These handcuffs hurt my wrists.”

Yes, flight attendants can threaten things as well, it all depends on who is more believable.

Will: This is gonna be a great city once they finish building it.

For people who have never lived/driven in New York City, construction happens constantly. It’s unfuckingbelievable how long it takes a construction projects to get done in New York (rant postponed).

Lonny: Nothing I can do about being big and black at the same time.

LOL, I bet that makes the cops feel better.

Charlie: The president’s gonna tell us what’s going on at 10:30. He’s going to tell us. What’s the virtue of breaking it five minutes early?
Mac: America thinks bin Laden’s alive. If I can make him dead one minute sooner, my entire life in journalism up until this point will have been worth it.

Your whole career in journalism would be worth it for one moment? This strikes me as really sad. I agree with reporting when you know when you KNOW it but don’t try to break a story just for the feeling when you break it.

I have considered going on a physics rant that the speed you are going at when a plane is moving doesn’t really matter, it’s the acceleration but I’m trying to keep things light.

Jane: Keith Urbahn, who’s the Chief of Staff for Donald Rumsfeld, has tweeted the following: “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama bin Laden. Hot damn.”
Mac: We got the tweet.
Jane: We want to report it.
Mac: You can’t do it.
Jane: We’re not gonna say confirmed. We just want to report the tweet.
Mac: Jane, this is double confirmation territory, and we don’t even have one yet.
Jane: The tweet is reportable.
Mac: Do you know how many tweets there are out there?
Jane: Just one from the Chief of Staff to the former Secretary of Defense.

This comes up all the time. It’s really hard to deal with twitter but in this case I would say that the double-confirmation territory isn’t the important part it’s that you don’t know about the source the person is using or how they came to know it. You really can’t trust something like twitter for this.

Sloan: What does EKIA mean?
Don: It means “enemy killed in action.”
Sloan: I have the first confirmation.

You may have the first confirmation on an enemy that was killed in action but not necessarily Bin Laden, it seems that everyone is reporting that an enemy was killed.

Mac: We’ve got double confirmation.
Charlie: First of all, we don’t. We have Harkin at CENTCOM and a reporter saying she has two sources. I don’t know who the sources are.

This is completely the right call. Normally, with a New York Times article you could say something like “we have reports that …” in situations like this you really need your own reporting. While you can sometimes report on the reporting with big stories it’s just not smart to do that.

Charlie: There’s nothing wrong with waiting for the White House to tell us it’s reportable. This isn’t Watergate. They’re not the enemy.

Now here is where I’m a little confused: is Charlie advocating just stop making calls and trying to figure this out until after the President speaks? This doesn’t make sense from a journalistic point of view but more importantly a logistical perspective.

Once the President makes the announcement you have to be ready to go with experts, packages, graphics, obits and all that jazz.

Charlie: I need to tell you that you’re going to remember this night for the rest of your lives. It’s going to be a long night and we need you to work fast and we need you to work well. But once in a while, take three seconds — You can’t spare more than that — Take three seconds to notice where you are and what you’re doing. Will’s gonna go on the air in a few minutes so that we can report that at the order of the President of the United States, US Special Forces have shot and killed Osama bin Laden.

Good speech. I have to say that I have always found the cheering of someone’s death to be strange (even if it’s an agreed upon evil person). The celebration of death is just not something I am completely comfortable with. Also I must admit that I am not completely comfortable with letting your emotions out in the newsroom (with cheering or booing).

Jane: So we are the only ones who have double confirmation?
Mac: As far as I know.

You can never assume that you are the only one who has this person and the only one with the story… EVER!

Jim: I’m not gonna tell you what I’m gonna say.
Maggie: You need to rehearse.
Jim: I don’t need to rehearse.
Maggie: You’re gonna be like Spiderman?
Jim: I’d love to
Maggie: The musical. They didn’t have enough rehearsal and actors died, Jim. They lost their lives.
Jim: I don’t think anybody died.
Maggie: Well, they got bruised pretty bad.

Well, Maggie there goes your journalism career. Jim: good job, you now get to be Spiderman since Maggie (who is secretly a radioactive spider) will now bite you.

Don: I’m the guy who wins the lottery and loses the ticket. Biggest story in a generation and I’m a spectator.

I really don’t think this is the biggest STORY of a generation.

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~ by realfactsandbeer on January 27, 2013.

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