The Newsroom: Season 1, Episode 5

Amen (22 Jul. 2012)

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On the week of 2011's Valentine's Day, the news team is forced to hire a local Egyptian stringer to report on Arab Spring developments and find they have placed him in great danger.

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It's the week leading up to Valentine's Day, 2011. ACN needs someone on the ground in Cairo: Neal helps them recruit Amen ("the hidden one"), a young blogger who masks his face. Before they'll use him, the network insists that Amen drop his anonymity. Governor Scott Walker seeks elimination of collective bargaining for government employees in Wisconsin; Will covers the story with reports of behind-the-scenes funding from the Koch brothers. Someone is playing Mackenzie, the network's morning show repeats gossip about her furnished by Nina Howard, and the newsroom staff finds a touchstone in the movie "Rudy." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Neal talks about being on one of the tube trains on 7/7 which left Liverpool Street but he was evacuated to Kings Cross after the explosion. None of the affected trains travelled in that direction. See more »

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[Maggie cleaning up Jim's bleeding head]
Jim Harper: Do you know what you're doing?
Maggie Jordan: I could've been a doctor!
Jim Harper: What happened?
Maggie Jordan: Well, I didn't go to medical school or anything.
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Trust Sorkin to bring it all together by the end.
27 July 2012 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Yes, The Newsroom has some soap operaish elements and some seemingly silly scenes but Sorkin's brilliance always carefully ties them together by the end. The number of important, intelligent and thought-provoking heavily dialogue-laden scenes provide much opportunity for learning and discussion. The tie-in with real events remind us of the importance of knowing what is happening in the world (Mubarak, Wisconsin union breaking, Glass-Steagal). The discussion of what makes true journalism and what makes a real journalist is so important in light of the dumbing down of tabloid, celebrity and reality laden media. The importance of truth in broadcasting is so vital to today's immediacy of sound bite and internet broadcasting.


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