Glynnis MacNicol

On not having to watch 'The Newsroom' tonight, at last:

Like Charlie Skinner lurching through the newsroom after a few belts, this season has careened from dead seriousness to weird screwball comedy; and though that might sound like a promising mix, the unpredictability has been more like living with a boring drunk than a genius with a flair for drama.

Bio: Glynnis MacNicol is the former Media Editor at Business Insider and a founding editor at Mediaite.com.

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On not having to watch ‘The Newsroom’ tonight, at last

Like Charlie Skinner lurching through the newsroom after a few belts, this season has careened from dead seriousness to weird screwball comedy; and though that might sound like a promising mix, the unpredictability has been more like living with a boring drunk than a genius with a flair for drama.

Sep. 22, 2013

 
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Aaron Sorkin is to ‘Newsroom’ what Bryan Goldberg is to Bustle

On one hand it makes you bang your head against the wall in rage that the same people are being given money to create mediocre content; on the other, with these sorts of track records of course they are being given money! (On both counts one feels nothing by sympathy for the hard-working staff of writers caught in between.) I guess in the meantime let's just be happy "Orange is the New Black" and "Top of the Lake" both got the greenlight, and then ponder the brilliance of Skyler White.

Aug. 27, 2013

 
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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’ episode checklist

Last night’s episode clicked along in the best Sorkin fashion, mixing personal and professional story-lines at an engaging clip. It might have been engaging if it didn’t all feel so familiar. Familiar enough, in fact, that part way through I began to wonder whether Sorkin has some sort of checklist he marks off for each episode. And so I began to keep one myself.

Aug. 19, 2013

 
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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom,’ I think I hate it

It suffices to say the ship has sailed on expecting Sorkin to write anything about women that is not vaguely (or less vaguely) insulting, and at this point we the viewers are pretty much fools to expect otherwise. Did anyone really expect him to bother doing a deep dive on the plague of revenge porn—the practice of posting embarrassing, sexually charged pictures of exes with the intent of humiliating them—let alone touch on the violent trend viral rape videos that was brought to light by Steubenville (a sideline story in this episode deals with Tyler Clementi but only in so far as to lecture the young on being fame whores). No.

Aug. 12, 2013

 
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More women, more problems for Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’

“I slapped you around to burnish my reputation as a moderate,” Will tells the Occupy Wall St. girl he “murdalized” during an on-air interview a few nights before. “You were a handy prop and I’m sorry I embarrassed you. I’m not smug, I’m having a crisis of confidence.” The corresponding lack of confidence on Sorkin’s part, which has been evident since this show started, most glaringly in his depiction of women and weird fear of diving into the realities of the digital age, was on display again last night.

Aug. 5, 2013

 
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Sorkin’s HBO effort ‘The Newsroom’ has turned into a network drama, and it’s (slightly) better this way

What felt like a network drama with foggy HBO ambitions is learning to love itself as a network drama that happens to be on HBO.

Jul. 29, 2013

 
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Aaron Sorkin tries to get his head around the internet, and almost succeeds

One of the persistent irritants of Aaron Sorkin's HBO cable-news drama "The Newsroom"—aside from the show's woman problem, and the fact that one always wonders whether Aaron Sorkin has actually watched cable news—has been its complete erasure of the internet's role in the newsroom, and in the news cycle.

Jul. 22, 2013

 
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‘Newsroom’ 1.1: Sorkin’s attempt to turn around his troubled TV news drama shows real, if limited, progress

The season 2 premiere is almost entirely devoid of the moral grandstanding that plagued the entire first season.

Jul. 15, 2013

 
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What’s really wrong with the White House Correspondents' Dinner?

It is, really, an occasion for the people in all quarters of Washington, so often at cross-purposes, to ditch the pretense that they don't know each other and have nothing to gain from each other. It's Washington on carnival time, a release valve from the pressure of doing the work those watchers in Spokane that Brokaw is so worried about expect of the city's political and media elites.

Apr. 30, 2013

 
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Nate Silver receives the adulation of New York’s media demimonde in Nick Denton’s Soho loft

Denton has continued to regularly have parties for media types at his apartment; it's just the excitement that feels like a throwback. One of the parties hosted here, after all, was for Tina Brown on the merger of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, a move regarded by most in the New York media world with severe skepticism. But tonight's honoree was Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger and poll-rider, the proprietor of FiveThirtyEight, and the media's' winner of the 2012 election cycle.

Nov. 15, 2012