In Syria, real life is grimmer than fiction
Aaron Sorkin is not soulless. Let’s say you’re only a casual watcher of “The Newsroom,” the hour-long drama he created for HBO that takes real-life news stories and puts them in the hands of a dedicated and heroic but very fictional broadcast news team. If you understood the show’s premise but had only tuned in to the most recent episode and heard characters glibly discussing the use of chemical weapons, you might be miffed. You might be outraged. You might think, Now, wait a minute, Mr. Sorkin!