Back in 2012 a series debuted on HBO called “The Newsroom.” The series, written by Aaron Sorkin, was a political drama centered around life at ACN, a fictional news network. The show takes place in recent years so that the storyline could coincide with recent political events and stories, whereas ACN would report on them, offering a liberal spin on stories.
The show’s marketing team had reason to celebrate early, as a brief five minute clip from the first episode quickly went viral, and now has amassed millions of views on YouTube. In it, the shows lead anchor Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels) is on a panel in front of a group of college students and is asked the question of “what makes America the greatest country in the world.” And if you haven’t figured it out already, he does just the opposite, rattling off a series of statistics during what could be better described as a rant that doesn’t paint America in the best light. To quote just one bit from the rant:
We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and 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 twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies.
Perhaps the reason for the clip going viral is that while it’s a liberal show, the rant touches on issues that someone from every ideology can care about. Conservatives have long made the case for education reform – so they wouldn’t take issue with the statistic about literacy, math, and science scores. The issue of over-incarceration has been brought to light by both liberals and libertarians, and they would likely agree with many of McAvoy’s other criticisms of America.
Regardless of why the rant may appeal to viewers, we have two questions to address. One, are the claims accurate, and two, do they really lead to the conclusion that America isn’t the great country in the world? For that, Steven Crowder has put together a thoughtful response and rebuttal. I think you’ll like it.
Has that clip from The Newsroom popped up on your Facebook news feed before? Set the record straight and show them what Steven Crowder has to say about it.