The Newsroom: Season 2, Episode 2

The Genoa Tip (21 Jul. 2013)

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After running with what the team believes is an accurate tip backfires, delivering a heavy blow to their credibility.

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After running with what the team believes is an accurate tip backfires, delivering a heavy blow to their credibility.

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Use Your Words

Mackenzie McHale throws a drink in Will McAvoy's face. (This the "not-again" moment of the week and a nice variation on Mackenzie's habit of smacking people.) An exasperated Will shouts at her, "Use your words!"

There are plenty of words on The Newsroom, and they are great words as long as the words are about the news. The problem is the words put into the characters' mouths when they are talking about their personal lives.

A good use of words concerns a fictional news story (at least I think it is fiction) about a top secret government covert action named "Genoa". The news team is investigating a tip concerning the use of sarin gas in Pakistan to take out a suspected terrorist which killed many civilians in the process. It fits in nicely with the true drone story because it makes us think: "Is this where we are heading? How far will the United States go to take out terrorists in the Middle East?

I have some advice for the show-runners. Drop all the story lines that deal with the personal lives of the characters. Only show us the characters in their professional roles (acting professionally, please). Remind us about the recent important news stories and the issues around them, but don't be so heavy-handed with the specifying. Give us the behind-the-scenes glimpses into how a news show operates. In other words, use your words to give us good stories that inform us and make us think.

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