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Aaron Sorkin on 'The Newsroom' criticism: 'The show is aspirational'

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Aaron Sorkin has responded to criticism of his new HBO series The Newsroom.

The Newsroom has faced mixed reviews since its debut last month. The Washington Post's review said the series "fails to meet high expectations" and The New Yorker accused Sorkin of treating "the audience as though we were extremely stupid".

Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin

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Aaron Sorkin

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Another oft-cited critique of The Newsroom is that Sorkin set the story against real-life news events from 2010.

Sorkin addressed hostile reactions to his new series while appearing on NPR's Fresh Air.

"I like writing about heroes that don't wear capes and disguises. It's aspirational," Sorkin said, seemingly in reference to blockbuster superhero films.

The writer further discussed his goals for The Newsroom: "[With The Newsroom, some say], 'Gee, it looks like the real world and feels like the real world, why can't this be the real world?' The metaphor of Don Quixote is used, all kinds of lost cities are used: Atlantis, Brigadoon.

"The show is meant to be a fantasy set against very real and oftentimes very serious events."

The Newsroom S01E01

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The Newsroom was recently praised by legendary former CBS news anchor Dan Rather, who said the show is an accurate portrayal of modern journalism.

"I've got my nits to pick with it; and, no, it's not perfect. But there's a lot to like in what Sorkin and his cast have done here," Rather said. "There is a newsroom authenticity to what's presented and much that gets to the heart of modern American journalism's problem."

The Newsroom was recently renewed for a second season by HBO.

Watch the trailer for The Newsroom below:

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