Newsroom News Night With Will McAvoy Season 2, Episode 5

It’s possible that I’ll change the format for these Newsroom blogs but for now let’s stick with the old way:

Will McAvoy: New developments in Sanford, Florida, in the investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Really not looking forward to this — I’ve tried to keep the blog free of that case. It was nice streak while it lasted.

Reese Lansing: Sloan, this wasn’t a stalker pointing a camera through a peephole. You posed for these.
Charlie Skinner: So what?
Sloan Sabbith: I understand.
Reese: I didn’t hear you.
Sloan: I understand. I was seeing a man over Christmas —
Charlie: You don’t have to explain
Reese: But she has to explain enough for me to be satisfied there aren’t more of these out there.
Sloan: There are more

I don’t really get this phenomenon — I also don’t really want to understand it.

Bearded ACM guy (I don’t remember his name): There’s a Syrian woman on the phone with me right now. She’s calling from the W Hotel in Midtown. She says her husband’s trapped underneath.

Verifying sources by phone is REALLY hard, it’s one of the main reasons reporters are recommended to meet everyone in person. In this situation (with the woman in Midtown) it seems likely that you would send someone (or a few people) to meet her — although given they are in a show and all these people have multiple roles they might not have the staff for that.

Neal Sampat: @PepperBurke says — I guess maybe you were cold to her in a restaurant at lunch.
Will: I have absolutely no idea who @PepperBurke is.

This is really silly, Neal runs the website (and he seems to be the only person on the web staff) he wouldn’t have time to check every at mention of Will on twitter.

Sloan: He consults for AIG and we’d been seeing each other about six weeks. And he got a suite at the Mandarin Oriental for Christmas Eve. I bought him a camera — A nice–
Charlie: All right
Sloan: A camera, and we’d been drinking and he wanted me to pose and, you know, I did. For fun. Just for us. Last night I broke up with him.
Reese: Have you heard of this website RevengePorn?
Sloan: I have now.

A famous TV anchor? I doubt it would have been put on a general RevengePorn website — you could probably sell them to a tabloid or something.

Charlie: Why can’t she file for injunctive relief and get the pictures down?
Reese: The pictures are everywhere. They have their own Facebook page.

The facebook page isn’t the problem — the problem is that deleting something completely from the internet is nearly impossible.

Neal: WorldNetDaily has a reputable source saying Simon Weingarden may have once accepted a speaking fee from The Righteous Daughters of Jihadi Excellence.

This is (very unfortunately) realistic. Here is a New York Daily News story on something similar.

I was a little surprised that Sorkin picked WND — here is their rebuttal.

Maggie Jordan: Hey, I read Hallie’s column yesterday.
Jim Harper: On Sandra Fluke?
Maggie: That chick can write

Reminder: Sandra Fluke is a women’s rights activist who gave a speech advocating that government insurance covered contraceptives. This upset Rush Limbaugh and Rush proceeded to call Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” — a good time was had by none.

Maggie: You don’t think there’s a little phony outrage?
Jim: Really?
Maggie: Just a little? Little bit?
Jim: No
Maggie: A little of the ol’, “Hey, how do you do?” A little, “Hey, how’s your uncle?” Texas two-step, refried beans, nothin’?

I don’t have any idea what this means… hopefully it’s just a part of Maggie being drunk/out of it since Africa.

Maggie: Anyway, I was glad for Hallie’s piece about Sandra Fluke. And the two pieces that came before that about Sandra Fluke. And I’m looking forward to her upcoming series “White Men, I Think I Hate Them.”

I do think the Rush-Fluke controversy got more media attention than it deserved, but it’s worth writing about as a women’s issues COLUMNIST — not as a news reporter.

Maggie: Sexism
Jim: It’s in the news right now
Maggie: You say that like we can’t help it. What can I tell you? I hit send, it’s in the news.
Jim: Would you prefer nobody wrote about it?
Maggie: No, but can I show you something? I didn’t read it on her blog. It was picked up by The Huffington Post.
Jim: She was very happy about that.
Maggie: And look, to get to Hallie’s piece about the epidemic of sexism, you have to scroll past two stories on side boobs, “Six Things You Never Should Say To a Woman With Big Boobs,” “Alicia Keys’ Nip Slip,” “Britney’s Nip Slip,” “This Week In Nip Slips,” and “Scarlett Johansson’s Busty Red Carpet Look a Distraction.” A distraction from what, they never say. I think they were busy looking for sexism.

BREAKING NEWS: People like boobs (and pictures of boobs) more than stories about sexism — I’ll alert all the media outlets (although I think they got that memo).

Worth pointing out, if you go to The Huffington Post and search “sexism” (as Maggie did) you don’t get anything near that. Here is a link of what you get.

Neal: You ran into a woman in a restaurant at lunch, Pepper Burke.
Will: I don’t know who that is
Neal: She writes for the Post.

We’ll assume that they are talking about the New York Post and not the Washington Post.

A Yottabyte is real btw it’s a trillion terabytes — freaking huge.

Sloan: I’d give anything to feel rage. It’d trump the humiliation and I’d be able to get up.

I really believe this, rage is so much better than humiliation.

Maggie: I’ll tell you what column I’d write. What’s wrong with sluts?
Jim: I don’t think that’s her point.
Maggie: It wasn’t her point, but it’s mine. Rush Limbaugh called a woman a slut. It’s not hard for me to get over that. But now I have to ask what’s wrong with sluts? That’s a woman who has a lot of casual sex with different guys. Why isn’t that good as long as everybody’s safe? Because the country is divided into people who like sex and people who are utterly creeped out by it. I’m one of the sex people. And I’m sure we’re in the majority and I’m getting tired of having to make a public bow to the minority by pretending I’m not really into sex.

I’m pretty sure I read at least a dozen of those columns over the last year. Here is one of my favorites from Slate and Emily Bazelon (from Political Gabfest and Colbert Report fame).

Jim: You need to switch to vodka. It’s not as easy to smell and you’re wearing the same clothes as you were yesterday.

Jim didn’t even express his appreciation for sluts… I’m sure men all over the country are doing that.

MacKenzie McHale: “Well, you got moxie, kid. And that’s our lede. Kill the lede that was there before and get me a ham sandwich.”

Sometimes I wish all newspaper editors talked like that — then I realize I wouldn’t be able to get through a conversation with them without laughing uncontrollably.

Mac: Are you planning on coming out on the show?
Jesse: To my parents.
Mac: I’m sorry, you can’t.
Jesse: Why?
Mac: You just said you can’t take the most intimate moment of someone’s life and use it for entertainment.

I don’t think that’s the best argument — the argument I would use is that this isn’t a reality show/entertainment. Jesse coming out would detract from the real story and change the news — they wouldn’t just be reporting on it anymore.

Mac makes that point later, but I wish it was the first thing she said — I didn’t find her first argument worthwhile.

Maggie: Is my performance at work suffering?
Jim: No

Ugh, really? Come on, you can’t do as well at work when you are drunk (or smell of booze) especially as a news producer. What if she was interviewing people? It also creates a perception issue.

Maggie: You know what it’s like in my place with Lisa? I have to come home after she comes home, and that ain’t easy. You’d think I’d be out of the penalty box.
Jim: Just get someplace else to live.
Maggie: No sweat.
Jim: It’s been six months. You’re unpredictable and moody. You’re unpleasant and volatile and begging for a fight.
Maggie: All that’s on my profile.
Jim: Maggie.
Maggie: Does anyone have a problem with my performance at work?

The unpredictable, moody, unpleasant, volatile and begging for a fight would all change your performance at work.

Charlie: Listen, I sang in an a cappella group in college, the Whiskey Sodas. When we’d tour, the secretary would have to submit an expense report. We’d want to bring a ton of weed, but we wanted the group to pay for it. So in the expense report, instead of saying weed, it would say chickens. Look at the manifest.
Mac: “.50 cal ammunition. M261 FFAR 2.75 rocket pods. MX-76.” What’s MX-76
Charlie: THere’s no such thing. I called three quartermasters.

First, the a cappella group was called the Whiskey Sodas? That’s awesome — I hope they served whiskey in all of their shows.

Another point, this doesn’t prove what they dropped, it just means something is up with the list.

Neal: Can I talk to you a second?
Maggie: Yeah. Is there a problem?
Neal: Yeah. I’m transcribing the full text of the 911 call. The 911 operator asks is he white, black, or Hispanic and Zimmerman answers, “He looks black.”
Maggie: Yeah.
Neal: You cut the operator’s question.

This is a BAD MISTAKE, and actually happened to NBC… ugh really awful.

Jesse: I’m doing what Tyler never had the chance to do. I’m taking the power back.
Mac: Jesse, you’re full of shit. You want to be a D-lister and that’s it. You want to get onstage and you want to call him Tyler even though you told me you didn’t know him so you can bathe in his reflected tragedy.

I don’t have a problem with Jesse calling him “Tyler” even though he didn’t know him — other than that, Mac is right on.

Mac: Here’s the thing, guys. Syrians don’t commonly say, “Thank God.” Nobody named Kouri is registered at the W. And when that building came down, it took the cell tower with it. You still with me… Stewart? We have software that unblocks phone numbers and that’s why your super is knocking on your door right now with a police officer.
Ray: Mr. Block, it’s Ray. Could you open the door,
Bearded guy: Baba Booey, motherfuckers.

This is really cool, I loved this scene but I don’t know what the police would do — what crime was committed?

Scott was really stupid enough to get that close to Sloan? People just don’t have enough common sense.

Maggie: And I’m not sure I need to be disciplined by a guy who gave away an interview, ’cause that happened, Jim, that’s what you did. You wanted to save Hallie, so you gave away our interview. And watching you defend that column when you know — I had six minutes to cut a five-minute piece of audio down to 25 seconds. I should have been listening for it. I know what 911 calls sound like. I just — I never remotely prepared for this scenario.
Jim: Look–
Maggie: The thing is, I’m afraid to sleep alone at night, so sometimes I go out. That’s all.

We’ll leave it at that. I really have nothing to say about the Will/Will’s dad relationship and it’s not why I watch the show. I’m sure other people have covered it.


~ by realfactsandbeer on August 13, 2013.

One Response to “Newsroom News Night With Will McAvoy Season 2, Episode 5”

  1. Thanks for the hard work to get all this into the record. I did it last year – Smash and The Newsroom. So I know what it takes.

    I get a kick out reading what I saw and what you saw and THEN reading the comments you make. It is a lot of fun.

    It is also a lot of text. How about a few images here and there to break it up, you know givie the reader a moment to absorb and reflect before proceeding. Just a thought.

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