As the two critics point out, anyone who has worked in a newsroom, and then seen a show about a newsroom, knows that the two realities rarely align. For example, the banter in Sorkin’s “Newsroom” is stilted and more contrived than a Shakespearian play. But, it does make for some good TV.
In this episode, Scott asks the ultimate authority, Jill Abramson, The Times executive editor, what she thinks of the fictional newsrooms versus, well, ours. The always smart and principaled Abramson shares this wonderful quote about journalism today:
“There’s been a race to the bottom that has made the public cynical, and I worry that that cynicism may in fact undermine the public’s belief in the value of The First Amendment and freedom of the press. The bottom line, to me, facts desperately matter, and they’re hard to get, and that’s what we do. That’s our calling.” – Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times.
To me, that sounds like a quote from a real newsroom — not the TV variety.