One of the bigger problems with The Newsroom is that so many scenes involve men setting women straight, men supervising women, a man teaching a woman how to use email and the woman getting it spectacularly wrong regardless , a hapless woman seesawing between two different men, etc. Her email gaffe in the second episode is unbelievable and galling.
Why does it have to be some symbol of misogyny? In fact, The Newsroom seems to relish putting loud women in their place or to render them helpless and histrionic.
And would that be so hard? He just builds up Will as our hero and, through him, makes repetitive points about the decline of public discourse. This is not news to anyone—the idea that, even more than men, women in broadcast news are judged on their looks. But what was really missing from that scene was a sense of camaraderie between women who recognize this unfortunate truth with a sense of rueful regret. When can you start? Not to mention, the scene ended with MacKenzie once again seeming pathetic and needy.
But Maggie is really, really not written nearly that well. Ha, that is very true, and I agree with your point about the lack of regret between MacKenzie and Sloan. Maggie goes from operating out of loyalty in the pilot to pondering whether she will move to 10 p. But as we were talking about earlier, one big problem is that all the characters are merely collections of traits or talking-points memos come to not-very-convincing life, even the men.
But we rarely see or will see, in the next two hours the men acting in spectacularly unprofessional ways. And what am I supposed to do after listening to that story about her hiding under a bed as two people had sex? Was that supposed to make me like her? A massive fail, because it makes Maggie further read as weak-willed and rather pathetic. No Sorkin man would ever have hidden under the bed if in the same situation, Mo. They tend to take charge of situations, while the women reactively flail or otherwise commit gaffes in their personal and professional lives.
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Yes, though I am going to spoil some things from episode 4. Readers, please let us know what you think after episode 4 when you get there. Oh, and by the way, in that opening speech, Will refers several times to the great men who made journalism the respected profession back in the day nice job of ignoring the legacy of all the female journalists who came before and after Murrow. But what do I know, Jace?
Heroic male, please set me straight! What is clear, however, is that The Newsroom will be giving us much to discuss for a while to come. You are so right about that. So Many Problems With Race!