23 June 2012 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Will Aaron Sorkin's major series The Newsroom do for journalism what his acclaimed West Wing did for Us politics? Or does this dramatic paean to a golden age fail to spot the shortcomings of TV news – and the challenges it faces in a digital age?

In the opening sequence of Aaron Sorkin's new drama about a Us cable news show, The Newsroom, anchorman Will McAvoy delivers a diatribe to earnest journalism students about the reasons why America is no longer the "greatest country in the world". He rages through a list of national inadequacies "… seventh in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy".

It was not always the case, rants McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels), who then cues up a list of rather less evidence-based reasons as to the past greatness of the United States: "We cultivated the greatest artists and the world's greatest economy, »

- Emily Bell

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