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Who likes “The Newsroom”? These fan fiction writers

In my most recent recap of "The Newsroom," I asked whether this divisive series could possibly have actual fans -- its flaws are so forthrightly presented, so (to my mind) inextricably linked with the substance of the show.

But my opinion of the show -- like that of so many other writers who've taken the show to task -- is colored by personal experience. I've spent nearly my entire professional life working in newsrooms, albeit ones without the infinite resources and unlimited preposterous sources springing up (a college roommate or a sister so often at the center of breaking news). That's precisely the trouble, why it's as difficult for journalists to evaluate "The Newsroom" objectively as it is for twentysomethings in Brooklyn, or the adults who were them once, to watch "Girls" with clear eyes.

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