The Newsroom - Opening Scene (Wow!)

The Newsroom – Opening Scene (Wow!)

Karin is a very funny woman but she has less faith in American individualism bang argue how it is like by the way when did I dream fresh lacquer never said that Barack Obama was a socialist seriously what I said and what I have always been meat halal is Monday morning to chose you hypotheses calm the president President shall do you even greater the germs on the air what the policies are look up the definition my friend their social your definition so or Ronald Reagan individualism can build roads an individual going to get it all out get it thank you since the question was addressed to me an individual can't build a school or assemble an army you know just standing the army so I mean alien is good for that yes yeah fine on your show turban one good idea bad idea you're getting so worked up chef I prayed you go searching light the fire department or should it be a private fire department that only comes to your burning house if you played your monthly fire I am more than happy to play with fire I am NOT happy to pay for a painting that I don't want to well yes sir anything to add I think we need a more precise definition of perverted okay we'll go on to the next question you sir my name is Stephen I'm a junior and my questions for will McAvoy do you consider yourself Democrat a Republican or independent I consider myself a New York Jets fan Stephen since it's been brought up you've almost religiously avoided stating or even implying a political allegiance is that because as a news anchor you feel the integrity of your broadcast would be compromised that sounds like a good answer I'll take it there was a short piece on Vanity Fair's website by Marshall Westbrook you probably saw it where he calls you the Jay Leno of news anchors you're popular because you don't bother anyone yeah how do you feel about that jealous of the size of Jays audience are you willing to say here tonight whether you lean right or left I voted for candidates run by both major parties let's move on to the next question go ahead hi my name is Jenny I'm a sophomore and this is for all three of you can you say in one sentence or less what um you know what I mean can you say why America is the greatest country in the world diversity and opportunity Louis freedom and freedom so let's keep it that way well the New York Jets know I'm gonna hold you to an answer on that what makes America the greatest country in the world well Louis and Sharon said it diversity and opportunity and freedom and freedom I'm not letting you go back to the airport without answering question well our Constitution is a masterpiece James Madison was a genius the Declaration of Independence is for me the single greatest piece of American writing you don't look satisfied ones instead of laws and the others a declaration of war I want a human moment from you what about the people why is it not the greatest country in the world professor that's my answer you're saying yes let's talk about mine look Sharon the NEA is a loser yeah it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants it doesn't cost money cost votes it costs airtime and column inches you know why people don't like liberals cuz they lose if liberals are so fuckin smart uh come they lose so goddamn always hey and with a straight face you're gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom Canada has freedom Japan has freedom the UK France Italy Germany Spain Australia Belgium has freedom so 207 sovereign states in the world like 180 of them have freedom all right and got you a sorority girl just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day there's some things you should know and one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that were the greatest country in the world were 7th and literacy 27th and math 22nd in science 49th and life expectancy 178th in infant mortality third and median household income number four in labor ports are number four in exports we lead the world in only three categories number of incarcerated citizens per capita number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined 25 of whom her allies now know this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever periods when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world I don't know what the fuck you're talking about Yosemite sure used to be we stood up for what was right we fought for moral reasons we passed laws struck down laws for moral reasons we waged wars on poverty not poor people we sacrificed we cared about our neighbors we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest we built great big things made ungodly technological advances explored the universe cured diseases we cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy we reached for the stars acted like men we aspired to intelligence we didn't belittle it it didn't make us feel inferior we didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn't scare so easy we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed by great men men who were revered first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one America is not the greatest country in the world anymore enough


29 thoughts on “The Newsroom – Opening Scene (Wow!)”

  • Serioussmile51 says:

    When fiction contains more reality and we live in an era where reality contains more fiction.

    >insert tragic sigh<

  • Such a stupid fucking show, with such incredibly thick and re-worked environments to make Sorkin sound even more of a pretentious waste of space, that's the only incredible part of it. A scene with Fix You playing on the background to report the news… garbage. Glad it got cancelled and finally Sorkin exposed for the massive wet wipe he is.

  • This is one of the single most powerful, moving and emotionally impactful speeches I’ve ever listened to. How amazing would it be, then, if it wasn’t a load of bullshit?

  • When I came to the US as a foreign exchange student in 2007, I was told again and again that America was the best. I thought that was really strange seeing as NOBODY I talked to even knew where my country was. I was asked silly questions like "Do you know what the internet is?" I left a country where everyone used Wifi and was placed in a town where people were still using modems, and they treated me like I came out of an amish community. I was told that America got new things (cars, phones, etc) and we got what they didn't use anymore… again, I was told this by people who couldn't even point at Europe on the map. I find it striking that these people could be so sure they were better than anyone else when they didn't even know what else was out there.

  • Jeff Daniels about this scene, Aaron Sorkin and Sam Waterston who drove more than an hour to see it and "to see if I have a job or not." =>

  • Pusher Love Man says:

    Last week I saw Jeff Daniels in the Broadway production of To Kill A Mockingbird that Aaron Sorkin adapted. I got to meet him afterwards, and asked him, “What makes America the greatest country in the world?”

    He responded: “That’s a long monologue I’d have to re-memorize.”

    Best possible answer he could’ve given, IMO!

  • Can we imagine how awesome this show would be if it was still on air today, with that is currently on the news! I mean…!

  • Greatest country??USA? It never was the greatest country. No country ever was.
    There were great empires like the Roman empire, British empire etc, but there has never been a "greatest country" in history.

  • Cristian Zubieta says:

    I actually want him to pin point the exact moment which the USA was everything he said. I'm not American so I don't know much about its history but I'm not sure it existed.

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