Aaron Sorkin: ‘News shows should be exempt from having to deliver ratings’

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By Alex Weprin Comment

HBO’s “The Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin was on “CBS This Morning” this morning, and he was asked by co-anchors Charlie Rose and Gayle King for his thoughts on the state of TV news.

“News shows should be exempt from having to deliver ratings,” Sorkin said, adding “In the old days there was a firewall between the entertainment division and the news division.”

He was also asked about David Carr‘s column, using “The Newsroom” as a guide to give advice to CNN. “I think David Carr’s piece won me a lot of friends at CNN,” Sorkin said sarcastically.

He was asked if he thought he would be able to diagnose the problem. “I don’t know anything about cable news, to use theMoneyball example you would not want me to be the general manager of your baseball team.”

I think that “The Newsroom” looks and feels real, and is almost within our grasp, and that is what makes it aspirational,” Sorkin added.

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