1:31 pm Jun. 25, 2012
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So far, the critics have not been very kind to Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," which premiered last night on HBO.
But there's at least one person who likes what he's seen so far of the new TV-news drama.
That is Dan Rather, who reviewed the series for Gawker.
Any television program that has its main characters quoting Cervantes can't be all bad. And so it is with The Newsroom.
Mark well, however, that with this HBO series premiere more praise is justified. A lot more. I've only seen the first program, but if what is to follow is as good as this first show then Aaron Sorkin has a winner.
Sure, I've got my nits to pick with it; and, no, it's not perfect. But there's a lot to like in what Sorkin and his cast have done here. There is a newsroom authenticity to what's presented and much that gets to the heart of modern American journalism's problems.
Meanwhile, Capital contributor Glynnis MacNicol will be weighing in on "The Newsroom" here every Monday.
In her first installment: "The Unreal Dystopia of Aaron Sorkin."
And David Carr, in today's Media Equation column, writes about "The Newsroom" as "a lofty map for CNN."
In other news...
Anthony Shadid's cousin claimed that Shadid, on his fatal final assignment in Syria, "called his wife and gave his last haunting directive that if anything happens to me I want the world to know the New York Times killed me." [Dylan Byers/Politico]
The Times responded: "He decided whether, how and when to enter Syria, and was told by his editors, including on the day of the trip, that he should not make the trip if he felt it was not advisable for any reason." [Dylan Byers/Politico]
Sulzberger's short-list of New York Times Co. C.E.O. candidates. [Bloomberg]
The Times is now on Flipboard. [NYT/Bits]
Wired and The New Yorker, meanwhile, are pulling back on Flipboard. [Ad Age]
"[What] NBC News President Steve Capus and his lieutenants are doing to Ann Curry as they push her out at 'Today' is brutal," writes David Zurawik. [The Baltimore Sun]
MSNBC's Chris Hayes gets the Sunday Styles treatment. [The New York Times]
The Vatican has tapped a Fox News correspondent to improve its communications strategy. [A.P.]
Daily Intel's Noreen Malone is the latest to join the expanding New Republic. [W.W.D.]
Details of the coming cuts at Sports Illustrated. [W.W.D.]
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