TV: The Newsroom – Episode 8 Summary + Review

“Everyone can sell out! Everyone should sell out!”

(“If we close our eyes, we can’t see the elephant in the room…”)

Airing on: Sky

Genre: Drama, Politics, Romance, Age: Adult

Released: 24th June 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, after losing half their viewers to other channels, Newsnight 2.0 is put on hiatus.

Don is called in to correct the mistakes made by MacKenzie, in her plan to make creditable news, rather than base-less sensationalism.

Meanwhile, Will has a hired a journalist writer to write an account about the inner working of ACN news. He also happen to be MacKenzie’s ex-boyfriend, and the person that she cheated with, on Will.

Warning! May contain spoilers!




Charlie meets the source that called him on the night that Osama Bin Laden was shot death. (episode 7) The source is an employer of the NSA, and can give evidence of a tapping machine used by the government. He compares the usage to those by the News of the World in the UK.

One of the magazines that have releasing stories about Will, is run by Leona Lansing’s son, the CEO of Atlantis World Media. AWM could face similar prosecutions to Rupert Murdock.

(“Batman! It’s like the batman movie! What do you mean, which one?”)

When a congressmen accidentally posts inappropriate pictures of himself to his Twitter followers, the media springs up on him. For the sake of the newer, more sensational Newsnight, the news team agree to have one of his companions appear on the news.

(“It’s not cheating if everyone’s doing it.”)

Charlie confronts Leona about her involvement with TMI, and her stories about Will. She refuses to acknowledge that anything is wrong, and Charlie is hesitant to tell her her son is involved.

(Old age: asking directions to the building you just left)

Sloan want to put increasing focus into the debt-crisis that American faces, which is increasingly heading towards the worst that America has seen. MacKanzie agrees with her, but can’t put any time on air until they win back their viewers.

(Sloan discovers internet memes, and shows MacKenzie her favourite one)

Just as MacKenzie is about to put the adultery companion on air, the studio and much of New York faces a blackout.

Overall, I’ve never been more glad that I watch the news regularly. As a UK resident, the BBC gives surprisingly in depth coverage into US elections and politics. Although the characters are fabricated, the way they dance around familiar events that I recognise from the previous years,  is both interesting and informative.

Although MacKenzie’s ex-boyfriend, journalist Bryan Brenner, doesn’t have many lines, he’s always in the shot in the background. Some sparks have already flown him, MacKenzie and Will, and now all that remains is a head-on crash.

Rated 4/5 – Good at keeping a standard. Events and characters are interesting.

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