Aaron Sorkin, the genius behind HBO’s “The Newsroom,” offers this critique of the Tea Party through his exceptional fictional character, news anchor Will McAvoy, who says the Tea Party’s “religious zealots” are pursuing a “radical fundamentalism” and pushing a “perversion of our great history.” McAvoy, played so well by Jeff Daniels, attacks the Tea party in this clip from last night’s season finale. In a previous segment, he calls the members of the Tea Party the very name they use for Republicans who don’t embrace their radical agenda: RINOs — Republicans In Name Only.
“What’s more frightening than the per great history is that sensible, smart, strong Republicans, the very men and women who should be standing up to radical fundamentalism are so frightened of losing primary battles to the religious zealots that they’ve thrown in the towel on sanity.”
“It’s is ironic because the biggest enemy of the phony Republican isn’t Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid or Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, it’s this man [image of Jesus Christ]. He said, ‘heal the sick, feed the hungry, care for the weakest among us, and always pray in private’.”
What’s perhaps the greater pity is that no mainstream media news anchor does their job as well as McAvoy does. It’s time they started stepping up to the plate.
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