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Aaron Sorkin defends The Newsroom from criticisms

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Story by Jack Foley

AARON Sorkin has hit back at some of the critics of his new show, The Newsroom.

Addressing journalists directly during HBO’s portion of the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour on Wednesday (August 1), the writer disagreed with criticisms of the way the women on the show are portrayed.

And he also denied that several of the first season writers had been fired.

Reffering to the portrayal of Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill and Olivia Munn on the show first, Sorkin said he did not agree with the notion that they were either subservient or incompetent.

He said: “I completely respect that opinion but I 100% disagree with it.”

He countered that the female characters “are shown being good at their jobs”, adding: “Caring about something other than yourself or reaching higher or being curious, plainly smart, and great team players, those qualities to me are what define these characters.

“And once you nail that down you can have them slip on as many banana peels as you want. That’s just comedy.”

Sorkin then went on to deny that any of the writing staff had been fired.

“ Just seeing that in print is scaring the hell out of the writing staff,” he said. “They’re acting very, very strange. They’re coming to work early. They’re being polite to me.”

His comments on the latter issue came in response to the departures of people including former MTV News and CBS News writer and correspondent Gideon Yago.

The Newsroom has been renewed for a second season by HBO despite receiving a critical panning when it debuted in US TV.

In the UK it airs on Sky Atlantic.

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