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The Month Ahead: News Worthy

Aaron Sorkin’s whip-smart drama “The Newsroom” returns to HBO this month. Thomas Sadoski, who plays cynical producer Don Keefer, thinks real-life anchors should take a few pointers from the show.

From left, “The Newsroom” stars Thomas Sadoski, Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels

From left, “The Newsroom” stars Thomas Sadoski, Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels

Hemispheres: Has playing Don changed how you watch the news?
Thomas Sadoski: I certainly have more appreciation for the people who are doing it well. I now understand the pressure that they’re under to fill a 24-hour news cycle.

Hemispheres: Do you have any advice for the folks who aren’t doing it well?
TS: Yeah: Using Reddit as a source is not OK. We’re trying to run a democracy here. We need all the facts and information we can get, and we need it from credible places. Ultimately, “fast” is not as important as “right.”

Hemispheres: Speaking of fast, what’s it like working with Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue?
TS: Aaron’s dexterity with the spoken and written word is extraordinary, and it does come with certain challenges. On set, you’ll see everyone wandering around, mumbling to themselves.

Hemispheres: Even Jeff Daniels, huh? Can you tell us something we don’t know about him?
TS: There’s so much that you don’t know, and none of it—none of it—I could say out loud.

Hemispheres: We had to try.
TS: He owns me, man. JULY 14

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