Originally Posted by archiguy
Sorkin believes our Best & Brightest should be occupying the key roles in governing our country because really smart people with a solid moral center are less susceptible to corruption. That includes perhaps the most important role - the guys who inform the voting public. Democracy can't survive in a nation where Truth, writ large, is whatever someone with an agenda says it is and facts are simply made up as needed to support any position. It's too easy to con the voting public, now more than ever. McAvoy is just another in a long line of brilliant, benevolent Sorkin leading men who always try to do the right thing while cracking wise and staying cool. It's Sorkin's thing, it's what he does, and he's as determined to do it his way - the "right way", as he sees it - as Will and Charlie. Occasionally that comes down a little thick and slows the story down, and it's been a problem in these first two episodes as the show tries to establish its identity.
Without intending to, you've actually gotten to the heart of my biggest problem with the show. This isn't a show about what journalism or network news are
. It's a show about what Aaron Sorkin wants them to be. Unfortunately, I find his ideas painfully naive.
On the subject of benevolent dictators, pretty much every dictator in history has believed that he would fill exactly that role and make the world a better place through his leadership. Hitler thought he would be a benevolent dictator just as soon as he took care of that pesky Jew problem.
As much as Sorkin wants to hammer home the comparison, Will McAvoy is not Edward Murrow. He's just another raving demogogue on par with Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh (or Keith Olbermann). But Sorkin seems oblivious to that, because he believes that Will is fighting for the "correct" side, which excuses his multitude of journalistic sins.
As presented in the first three episodes, Will McAvoy is a terrible
journalist. That could actually make for an interesting show if it were acknowledged or addressed, like the movie Network. Unfortunately, Sorkin wants us to believe that someone like McAvoy is exactly what journalism needs to straighten itself out of the rut it's in. He's mistaken, and his arrogance about the subject is embarrassing.