How does The Newsroom's version of news events from last year fit in with the way those events really unfolded in the media? Not always perfectly -- but not always incorrectly, either. Here's how the sixth episode of Aaron Sorkin's HBO series' second season compares to the real-life news coverage of the time period it portrays.
The Newsroom: Business reporter Sloan Sabbith mentions to Will that she's thinking of doing a story on Disney's colossal 2012 box-office flop John Carter.
"It's projected to lose about $200 million for Disney," she says to Will. "Say what you want, but they're one of the few American industries still making a product people want to buy. Nobody's gonna ask for a bailout, and Disney's stock is relatively safe. Entertainment is one of our highest revenue-generating exports, and they employ members of 17 different unions, all of which have excellent minimum basic contracts. They may take it in the teeth on John Carter, but no one's going to get hurt."
The news: Dennis Kneale of Fox Business News delivered a similar story in May of 2012. He pointed out that while the mega-failure of John Carter was, of course, a large-scale loss for Disney, the studio's stock prices, still excellent predictors of growth in Americans' disposable-income spending habits, hadn't taken a hit -- in fact, their stock prices were up almost 30 percent over the last six months. Disney's bottom line, according to Kneale -- especially with the help of The Avengers, released the same summer -- would be just fine.
The Newsroom: On March 21, Mitt Romney spokeswoman Taylor crashes Jim's date with Hallie while she and the rest of the Romney campaign are in New York. "I know you had a special night planned, so of course I'm coming along," Taylor says smugly. "You know why?"