As “The Newsroom
” marches onward to its third season and series finale, controversy has arisen outside of the show’s content, as one of the show’s writers, Alena Smith
, has said that creator Aaron Sorkin
kicked her out of the writer’s room for questioning the campus rape storyline of this Sunday’s episode. However, Sorkin responded on Monday, saying Smith was happy with the final draft of the script.
The episode, “On Shenandoah,” featured Don Keefer
), a producer on the show’s nightly news program, debating with a Princeton student, Mary (Sarah Sutherland
), who runs an anonymous website where victims of sexual assault can tell their stories. The plot generated controversy over social media, especially given the recent blow-up surrounding Rolling Stone’s Uva campus rape story, and its subsequent retraction and apology.
After the episode aired, Smith tweeted the following:
As @emilynussbaum points out in her review of tonight's ep,