Interview: Camilla Blackett, writer for The Newsroom.
I was lucky enough to interview Camilla Blackett, one of the writers for HBO’s The Newsroom. We talked a lot about the show, it’s quasi-rival Girls, what it’s like to work with Aaron Sorkin, and tea.
What I don’t understand is how HBO’s “Girls” was basically untouchable to criticism and “The Newsroom” was somehow cast in this wholly other light. I don’t really think that’s fair. One of the big points of criticism I’ve read about “The Newsroom” is that it’s painted too idealistically… I don’t think that’s true at all. If anything, “The West Wing” was painted “too idealistically” in how the executive office actually works. What I think people don’t get about “The Newsroom” is that… having gone through such a divisive last-four-years especially in news media… that people are jaded by any sort of idealism coming from it.
At the end of the day… it’s a TV show, and it’s escapism. If you want to watch the actual news you can watch the actual news. I work with a bunch of idealists, I work under a boss who is an idealist. A large part about it is that he really gives a shit. He cares about how the news is told and that fantasy of how awesome it would be if you could do the news your way. How wonderful it would be if we could have a completely well-informed public who are talking about real issues. Not, like, tragedy-porn like Nancy Grace. Of course it’s idealistic to think that. That’s what we want to give our audience.