I've generally liked Jeff Daniels as a performer, and I admire him as a person, especially his commitment to raising his family in the heartland of Michigan instead of hanging out in Hollywood. But I'm afraid this is a series I'll have to miss:
Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama, The Newsroom, wears its paternalism on its sleeve. Rich white media elites lecture each other on and on about how America went astray when it stopped listening to rich white media elites lecture us on and on about how America is going astray. Is there any way to convince those stupid Americans with their "polarized" opinions to go back to listening to rich white media elites again? Or rather, can the cast of The Newsroom convince those stupid Americans to listen to their rich white media elites rather than those other rich white media elites on cable news who are obviously wrong about everything and don't care about the noble profession of journalism?
New media, Aaron -- get over it. Each viewpoint now has its own soapbox and one side no longer gets to dominate the conversation. Maybe we're polarized these days, but at least we have two sets of propaganda from which to choose.