Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'
April 23rd, 2014
10:00 AM ET

Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Fan of "The Newsroom"? Aaron Sorkin owes you an apology - and that's coming from the creator himself.

According to BuzzFeed, the "Newsroom" creator told an audience gathered to hear his talk with Jon Favreau at the Tribeca Film Festival Monday that he'd like for them to "stand in for everyone in the world" as he gave his mea culpa.

"I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” he said. “I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding."

Sorkin's "Newsroom" follows a group of journalists working for a major cable news network, and in order to make it realistic it's set in the past. Since Sorkin tends to write from a romantic, idealistic point of view, it seems some critics think he's trying to use his show as a way to send a message to the media about how they should've handled recent stories.

But, Sorkin told his audience on Monday, "I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done. That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind."

"I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news," he went on. "It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in, so I didn’t want to make up fake news, and also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do … So, I wasn’t trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn’t my intent, and it’s never my intent to teach you a lesson or to try to persuade you of anything.”

"The Newsroom" is now headed into its third and final season, and Sorkin acknowledged Monday that he's just now getting the series to where he ideally wanted it to be.

"I‘m very proud of 'The Newsroom,'" he said. "I have the time of my life working with the people that I work with, but there is a learning curve and unfortunately, those lessons are learned in front of several million people. Again, that’s what you sign up for. I wish that I could go back to the beginning of 'The Newsroom' and start again and replicate what you have with a play, which is a preview period where it’s being done in front of an audience, but I’m feeling really good about how the third season is going. I’ll look back on it fondly and proudly and wish I could get every scene of every episode back so that I could do it all over again.”


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