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Newsroom Recap, Season 1 Episode Something: It Is Long Past Time To Fire Maggie

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

I'm fired? No you're fired! Get me a latte!Last night’s Newsroom was about many important things presumably, like good journalists being very angry about having to cover the snuff porn that was the Casey Anthony trial, and Rupert Murdoch’s British phone-tapping empire, and Olivia Munn being awesome. There was probably some other Issues in there as well, who can remember? But the only important question left is: with all the talented out-of-work journalists out there, why haven’t they yet fired Maggie?

First, last week (sorry we left you hanging, we didn’t feel like it), during the night when the ACN staff has been called in to work because Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden, Maggie flips out and insists her boss (HER BOSS) interrupt his busy schedule of confirming that Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden in order to role-play breaking up with Maggie’s roommate, because Maggie wants her boss to break up with her roommate. THIS SEEMS INAPPROPRIATE.

Now, it is revealed to us, during a squabble in the newsroom over who has to screen a starfucker calling in about Anthony Wiener’s junk tweets (oh right, it was about Anthony Wiener’s junk tweets too; recent history is fun!) that Maggie is actually the very lowest person on the ACN totem pole, like, under the two women who were hired as interns the same day. And yet when the executive producers walk into their news meeting while Maggie is on a tear about being personally offended by Michele Bachmann saying she hears God’s voice (oh yeah, it was about Michele Bachmann too), she tells them to hold their fucking water, because she is not done talking.

Women! Isn’t it cute how unprofessional and stupid they are? Oh, right! No.

 

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{ 73 comments }

deanbooth August 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

In other TV news, Breaking Bad sucked last night.

DaSandman August 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

Indeed and that's a shame. But the Newsroom sucks on an epic take no prisoners level.

Chet Kincaid_ August 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

No, it didn't.

deanbooth August 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

Well, it was almost redeemed by the ending, but not quite.

Chet Kincaid_ August 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

The worst you could say is that it's turning into "The Shield", but that's not really a put-down. Let's gainsay each other all morning!

Tangled sin tax August 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

"Gainsay?" Dang, Chet, you're too erudite for modern Amurika. You need your own Boswell.

eggsacklywright August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

Last night we went from Breaking Bad to Breaking Evil. Some of it was hard to watch, but I still think it's a beautifully rendered show. The cinematography never fails to amaze me.

Amanwithnoplan August 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Blasphemy. Walt crying crocodile tears in Hank's office? Crazy eyes girl chained to desk with pork-pie hat Walt? Murder of pre-teen. Geez. Whaddaya want?

Maman August 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

Shhhhhh. No telling… I watched the Olympics last night instead. Oh and True Blood.

FNMA August 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

"I don't know nothing about birthing no vampire babies."
– Tara

elviouslyqueer August 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

Oh lord. The closing ceremonies was the gayest thing I've seen since at least last Thursday.

proudgrampa August 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Thank you for that, I thought I was the only one who felt that way.

Not that I'm against gay things…

James Michael Curley August 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I thought Eric Idle's imitation of a drunken pub crawler was spot on. But when he started singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" it took a couple minutes to regain my composure so I could explain where the song came from.

BarackMyWorld August 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

And hopefully not the awful sitcom pilot NBC aired instead of showing the Who's closing act.

SorosBot August 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

I see Aaron Sorkin is all about being timely and relevant.

Baconzgood August 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

I don't get this channel. Is this like Sex in the City or Larry Sanders?

HistoriCat August 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

Yes.

BaldarTFlagass August 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

Oh boy! A television show!

fully August 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

I thought Newsroom was about how stupid young 'professionals' get to keep their jobs while the rest of us grey haired, literate, accomplished, experienced PROfessionals, can go suck it…at least the few episodes I saw…………………yeah that's recent news.

CrunchyKnee August 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

There's still television on the TeeVee?

Maman August 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

GRIMM tonight!!!! Or as we call it, The Monroe Show.

viennawoods13 August 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

Monroe rules.

fuflans August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

we're kinda liking 'suits' – though i fear it's about to go down the rabbit-hole of overwrought soap type drama.

and of course, 'revenge'.

BoatOfVelociraptors August 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

You mean non-streaming content feeds?

FNMA August 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

Alt-alt-text: Math is hard!

shelwood46 August 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

No, that's the other "girl".

sbj1964 August 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

Rupert Murdoch is like the Doctor Evil of Broadcasting.

LesBontemps August 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

Beloved Editrix:

Why waste bandwidth bashing pretend journalists on some dumb teevee show when there are so many pretend journalists you could bash at our "real-life" Glorious News Media Institutions?

Your humble & obedient servant, etc.,

Les

Tundra Grifter August 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

Let's start with the evil Doctor Jerome Corsi, who is ranting on the You-Tubes that the problem with Cluster Fox is too many left-wing commentators.

Harrison Wintergreen August 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

Exhibit A: Cokie Roberts' sycophantic puff piece about Paul Ryan on NPR's Morning Edition today.

CthuNHu August 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

Next week, in a 2004/2008/2012 history mashup, Romney announces Maggie as his Vice Presidential pick on his personal battleyacht. Maggie arrives in a flight suit and stiletto heels, charms the crowd, and steals the mess hall silverware.

UW8316154 August 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

I have no fucking idea what any of this is about.

Tundra Grifter August 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

In school chemistry class I sat between two young ladies who used to discuss fascinating sexy–time gossip. Then I learned it wasn't about other kids in high school – they were discussing a soap opera.

Guppy August 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

In school chemistry class I sat between two young ladies who used to discuss

Oh God, it was too fucking early in the morning to put up with that…

James Michael Curley August 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Once in real life, as opposed to during the work day in the law firm in which I was working, a bunch of us were down stairs having drinks. I overheard two young secretaries discussing 'Beetle juice' and wondering why they were 1. Talking about a star in Orion and 2. pronouncing it wrong (I thought the short e was preferred.)

ttommyunger August 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Ditto

Biff August 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Is this tv show supposed to be an analogy of something? Like the Animal Farm book? Because I'm just not seeing it. No, really, I don't get this channel…

Goonemeritus August 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Ok I’m going to out myself as a fan of this show. And Maggie is a dead ringer for my niece so I take great umbrage at your uncharitable remarks towards her. Why do you want to fire my Niece you big meany?

Tundra Grifter August 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

I know a great "Dead Ringer" joke.

bobbert August 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm

His face rings a bell.

metamarcisf August 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

She's right. Maggie is a pill.

BZ1 August 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

Ahem, it's a tv show, not the ten commandments.

proudgrampa August 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

It's a TV show, not Citizen Kane.

Oblios_Cap August 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

Last night’s Newsroom was about many important things presumably

Did they discuss, as I heard ad nauseum all weekend, that Paul Ryan was the "intellectual heavyweight of today's conservatives"?

Isn't like that being the lightest kid at Fat Camp?

FNMA August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

Tallest midget in the circus.
– Mike Royko

BerkeleyBear August 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Actually, I think it is being the fattest kid at fat camp, since the GOP pulls all of its "ideas" out of its ass.

sbj1964 August 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

They should make a TV show about Fox&Friends. They can call it the all New 3 stooges show.

FNMA August 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

They already do. It's called The Onion News Network.

Chet Kincaid_ August 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

What the fuck, is that still on?! That's what happens when you have no commercials on your network, and people are forced to take your crap with the good stuff.

freakishlywrong August 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

Fuck the world. I'm still watching The Simpsons.

viennawoods13 August 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

I'm still watching West Wing.

Angry_Marmot August 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

Does Sorkin want us to hate his female characters? Are we supposed to find them charming, or at least not horrible? I wanted Newsroom to succeed, but I'm having the same problem that made Studio 60 unwatchable, and I suspect Olivia Munn's character is growing on me because of good will already generated by Munn as a geek goddess. Hell, I'm still a West Wing fan, and I cringe every time one of Josh's "girlfriends" has a scene in the early episodes.

viennawoods13 August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

Amy's not bad, but that Season One woman was terrible. But aside from Josh's women, , who could be a more loveable woman than CJ or Donna?

BerkeleyBear August 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

In retrospect, the fact that Alyson Janie (CJ Craig) always praised Thomas Schlamme in the interviews and not Sorkin by name was a big tell.

But I liked Mrs. Landingham, or however the heck you spell it. And even early on I found the idea the President was terrified of trying to reign in his wife, fobbing it off on staff, rang pretty true. But yeah, you never saw any male idiot groupies the way just about every dude on the show had.

BathroomGoblin August 14, 2012 at 3:38 am

Ha ha. I H*AT*E*D Olivia Munn before this, placing her next to Allison Pill makes her seem delightful.

Tundra Grifter August 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

Why is Wonketter running a photo of the abused drive-up window worker at Chick-fil-A?

Joshua Norton August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

The show wouldn't be half bad if it wasn't for that news crap.

gullywompr August 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

The most confusing thing about Maggie's place of work is that it's the strangest looking kitchen I've ever seen.

Chow Yun Flat August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

Is this the show about New York cops and prosecutors that always has a twist in the end? I didn't watch that one either.

Guppy August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

Why is there a picture of a twelve year old girl on this Wonkett story and is Peodbear aware of this?

Oblios_Cap August 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

"How much for the leettle girl?"

BarackMyWorld August 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

She REALLY should have been fired when she fucked up the Jan Brewer interview, but Emily "the World's Great Journalist" Mortimer likes her, so she stays golden, Ponyboy.

SayItWithWookies August 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

I take it Maggie's the vapid-looking blonde with the translucent skin pictured above? Either Schlorkin's got a strange idea of what people in newsrooms look like or that's supposed to be a younger cuter Dana Perino. Or — as Perino and Palin both did but Schlorkin should know better — he's conflating the meaning of journalist with that of "communications major," which means one can stand on an x and read stuff.

Beowoof August 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

I had a tough choice to make, watch the Newsroom or fap. Again, I decided fapping would a better use of my time.

proudgrampa August 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Really. Maggie's gotta go.

owhatever August 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Olivia was great, slamming the dude against the wall while both were being angrily confused about what they were discussing. She's very good, and it was a well-written scene. Maggie is in charge of setting the nation's leftist media agenda.

DahBoner August 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

What channel on the Intertubes is that on?

P.S. I'd tap it…

sewollef August 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Who's the [attractive] under age chick in the pic? Is this story about something on the telly? 'Cos if it is, I'm gonna miss it, since I don't really watch much teevee.

And, either she's underage or I'm getting older than I think. btw, get off my lawn…

ElPinche August 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

All of those news sluts should be at home, nekkid, bearfoot, and pregnint. *spit* .

ElPinche August 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I have to say this show is a guilty pleasure. At least its not "Holy fuck! It's Honey Boo Boo " or whatever.

BathroomGoblin August 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

This is a story about Charlie and Leona. They had a child called Will who marries a fancy lady from Great Britain. Will and his wife adopt several white children and a few brown ones.
They make a show called "The News" five whole days a week. This is their story. This is Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom."

ttommyunger August 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Adult Swim, Comedy Channel, PBS or GTFO!

Chet Kincaid_ August 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Why, every teenager who saw that classic Monty Python sketch knows "gainsay"!

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