The Newsroom’s Tea Party/American Taliban jibe slammed by FOX News’ The Five

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The hosts of Fox News’ The Five have slammed HBO’s The Newsroom over the Tea Party/American Taliban jibe made by Jeff Daniels’ character last season.

Last season, Jeff Daniels’ chatacter, Will McAvoy likened the Tea Party to the American Taliban, and it doesn’t seem the hosts of The Five agreed with the comments on the show.


The hosts said that the fictional news team on the HBO show advances a liberal agenda because its characters view Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party protestors differently.

Greg Gutfield said: “When was this series written? Before the rapes, the murders, before OWS [Occupy Wall Street] disappeared?

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“But that’s the great thing about TV. Whatever fails horribly in reality is resurrected in lib land as the victor”.

In his opening monologue, Gutfield said: “So I just saw the trailer for that HBO left-wing loon-bin called The Newsroom, and you know what they’re covering? Something evil called the Tea Party.

“So a News anchor gets hassled for going after the Tea Party, please, you’d get a promotion at the White House for that. When was this series written? Before the rapes, the murders, before OWS [Occupy Wall Street] disappeared?

“So Hollywood gets everything again. If [The] Newsroom covered Roman Polanski’s crimes they’d change the 13 year old girl the 30-year-old scotch.

“But, you gotta love how the show has the Tea Party sympathisers targeting free speech, when in real life it’s the Tea Party that are targeted.

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“But that’s the great thing about TV. Whatever fails horribly in reality is resurrected in lib land as the victor. It’s why Robert Redford recast terrorists as teddy bears and bank robbers become ‘besties’”.

The panel’s resident liberal, Bob Beckel said: “I watch it and a lot of it I like, but here’s one of the problems with liberal entertainment: When you start choosing words and causing the Tea Party the Taliban, that’s when we get ourselves in trouble”.

Andrea Tantaros added: “I think that Aaron Sorkin is an incredibly talented writer, but he would be more talented if he actually portrayed things as they were – it’s always opposite day on his programmes”.

Do you agree with the Tea Party stoyline? Will you be watching The Newsroom when it returns next month?

The Newsroom returns to HBO on 14 July.

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