Another Will McAvoy Ponder


 

The clip below isn’t new to this blog, I’ve lost count of how many times Will McAvoy’s scene from HBO’s short lived series The Newsroom  graced this page. I vow to post this over and over again. Not for the certainty most won’t bother to watch, but for the slim chance a handful of Americans might take sentiments of a television news anchor to heart.

Pondering The Newsroom


The Newsroom was an HBO political drama series that aired from June 2012 – December 2014. Starring Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, news anchor at fictional Atlantis Cable News. Twenty five episodes over three brief “seasons” cemented The Newsroom atop my list of remarkable TV productions. Posted below are a handful of clips chosen to illustrate America’s indifference towards common sense truth – scripted Will McAvoy snippets ringing truer than anything blithered on non-fictional U.S. media today. The content may be dated, the message is anything but.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Newsroom_(U.S._TV_series)

 

The Newsroom


Billed as “political drama”, HBO aired 25 episodes of The Newsroom over 3 seasons. Between June 2012 and December 2014 Jeff Daniels portrayed Will McAvoy, anchor at fictitious ACN (Atlantis Cable News). Creator and principle writer Aaron Sorkin told Newsweek in 2012 –

The Newsroom “is meant to be an idealistic, romantic, swashbuckling, sometimes comedic but very optimistic, upward-looking look at a group of people who are often looked at cynically. The same as with The West Wing, where ordinarily in popular culture our leaders are portrayed either as Machiavellian or dumb; I wanted to do something different and show a highly competent group of people.”

Let me assure you, The Newsroom delivered in spades. Idealistic dodged snares of robotic optimism, romantic let failures be human, swashbuckling struck chords of purpose rather than folly. How Sorkin applied his vision of cynicism, optimism, idealism and humanity, catapulted The Newsroom to relevant social commentary.

Pondering Donald Trump, American politics, propaganda, racial divide, gun violence, blame and fear, turned thoughts to ACN anchor Will McAvoy. Please America, take a moment to hear his words –

Please America – Watch and Ponder


I’ve recently discovered a series produced by HBO called The Newsroom. Ridiculously great – they seamlessly blend the story line with actual news footage.

Every single American should watch this 3 minute clip from the opening episode. Next – every single American should buckle down and watch a full episode or two. I mean all Americans, especially those who kiss the feet of Glen Beck or Ann Coulter, and refer to CNN as “the Communist News Network”.

I’m being serious; digest a few episodes – then we’ll talk. I’m patiently waiting to hear the response from tea partiers.

Pondering Michael Ruppert


Flicking through the channels I stumbled upon the HBO documentary  Collapse. It featured Michael Ruppert, a chain smoking ex Los Angeles police officer sitting alone in a dark room – he talked, I listened. Ruppert appeared tired, not in the lack of sleep sense. He struck me as worn out.Without the slightest inclination to grandstand, Ruppert told a story of collapse.

Ruppert’s parents worked for the CIA. He graduated from UCLA in 1973 with an honours degree in Political Science. Declining recruitment attempts by the CIA, he became a Los Angeles police officer. He left the force, starting a website called From The Wilderness. An author and lecturer, he warns of economic collapse,” peak oil”, and the break down of society.

The fascinating thing about Michael Ruppert is his delivery. Some criticize it as arrogant, I viewed it as matter of fact; the world according to Michael Ruppert – take it or leave it. I listened as he explained peak oil, warned of economic meltdown,  suggested we buy gold, and stockpile organic corn seed. He certainly held my attention, digesting his words even if some were tough to swallow.

Ruppert believes society is working through the stages of grief. Having lost our ability to live life as we pictured it, we watch helplessly as expectations melt faster than the ice cap – denial is fueling increased violence, fundamentalist religious views, and hatred. Ruppert asserts only those who work through denial, anger, bargaining and depression to reach acceptance will make it. Take Michael Ruppert with a grain of salt, but watch Collapse. A fascinating perspective, and something to ponder.