Aaron Sorkin

  • Aired:  07/15/13
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The power goes out at The Daily Show, and Aaron Sorkin explains how a CNN controversy inspired an episode of "The Newsroom." (6:23)

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> John: WELCOME BACK.

WELCOME BACK.

WELCOME BACK TO "THE DAILY

SHOW."

YOU MIGHT NOTICE THINGS LOOK A

LITTLE BIT WEIRD.

[LAUGHTER]

FUNNY STORY.

AT THE END OF THE LAST SEGMENT,

BASICALLY THE STUDIO EXPLODED.

WE LOST ALL POWER TO OUR CAMERAS

AND MONITORS AND IT SEEMS I HAVE

NOW OFFICIALLY BROKEN "THE DAILY

SHOW."

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

SO WE'RE NOW DOING THE SHOW ON

THESE TWO HANDHELDS.

AND I'M JOINED BY THE INCREDIBLE

AARON SORKIN.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

AARON, WE HAVE... WE HAD A CLIP

FROM "THE NEWSROOM."

WE'RE GOING TO PLAY IT NOW FOR

THE PEOPLE AT HOME BY EDITING IT

IN.

YOU AND I ARE NOW JUST GOING TO

SIT IN 30 SECONDS OF COMPLETE

SILENCE.

OKAY.

ROLL THE CLIP.

>> LET'S TALK FOR A SECOND ABOUT

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.

>> SURE.

>> THE WOMAN WE HAD ON FRIDAY

NIGHT FROM O.W.S., SHELLY WETS

HER.

>> YEAH,

>> WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO

APOLOGIZE TO HER.

>> SURE.

>> ON AIR?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> SO NO.

>> WHAT WERE THE CONSEQUENCES?

>> SARAH'S BEEN CHASING A STORY.

I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT

IT IS.

>> WHY?

>> IF I TELL YOU THE REASON,

YOU'LL BE MORE CURIOUS ABOUT THE

STORY.

>> NOW I'M MORE CURIOUS ABOUT

THE REASON.

>> THERE'S SOME EVIDENCE THAT

SUGGESTS THE ARMY IS THINKING OF

HAVING DIFFERENT UNIFORMS FOR

HOME AND AWAY GAMES.

>> I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S REALLY

THE STORY.

>> John: 29, 30...

IT LOOKS GREAT.

>> THANK YOU.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> John: "THE NEWSROOM" IS

BACK, SUNDAY, EVERY 10:00.

EVERY 10:00 ON A SUNDAY.

I'VE NOW JUST LOST POWER TO MY

MOUTH.

IT'S... I HAVE TO SAY, WHEN I

FOUND OUT THAT YOU WERE DOING

IT, I FELT LIKE A GUY IN THAT

OLD JEWISH JOKE WATCHING HIS

WIFE HAVE SEX WITH ANOTHER MAN

THINKING, AARON, I HAVE TO WATCH

BASIC CABLE NEWS EVERY DAY, BUT

YOU, WHY DID YOU PUT YOURSELF

THROUGH THIS?

>> I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS A

REALLY COOL WORKPLACE TO SET A

DRAMA.

I ALSO LIKED THE IDEA OF HAVING

IT ALWAYS TAKE PLACE IN THE

RECENT PAST, NOT SO THAT I COULD

LEVERAGE HINDSIGHT INTO HEROISM,

NOT SO THAT I COULD SHOW THE

PROFESSIONALS LIKE YOU HOW IT'S

DONE, BUT JUST BECAUSE...

[LAUGHTER]

[APPLAUSE]

BUT JUST BECAUSE...

>> John: IN ANY OTHER CONTEXT

I'D FIGHT BACK, BUT I HAVE TO

CONCEDE.

>> JUST BECAUSE I LIKE THE

DYNAMIC THAT HAPPENS WHEN THE

AUDIENCE KNOWS MORE THAN THE

CHARACTERS DO.

SO SOMETHING COMES OVER I-NEWS,

SOMETHING COMES OVER THE WIRE

THAT SAYS THERE'S A PROTEST

STARTING OUTSIDE THE AMERICAN

CONSULATE IN BENGHAZI, THE

AUDIENCE IMMEDIATELY KNOWS

WHAT'S HAPPENING AND WE GET TO

WATCH THE PROCESS OF THE

CHARACTERS IN "THE NEWSROOM,"

HOW THEY FIND OUT.

>> YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THE

EVENTS OF 18 MONTHS AGO.

YOU'RE NAVIGATING THE 2012

ELECTION AGAIN.

AND, OF COURSE, SPOILER ALERT,

IT'S EXPENSIVE AND DEPRESSING.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED

ANYONE WHO IS TUNING INTO THE

SHOW TO FIND OUT WHO WON THE

2012 ELECTION.

>> I WISH THAT WAS ZERO PEOPLE,

BUT I THINK WE BOTH KNOW THERE

MIGHT BE PEOPLE GOING, OH, WHO

IS PRESIDENT NOW?

>> SO THESE ARE JUST... THE NEWS

STORIES THEMSELVES SERVE AS A

BACK DROP AGAINST WHICH TO TELL

OTHER STORIES, JUST LIKE WHEN

YOU GO SEE "TITANS ALL ACCESS,"

YOU KNOW THE SHIP'S NOT GOING TO

BE PULLING INTO NEW YORK HARBOR.

SOMETHING'S GOING TO HAPPEN

HALF-WAY THROUGH.

IT'S GOING TO BE BAD.

IT'S GOING TO BE AN ICEBERG.

YOU KNOW THAT.

BUT YOU'LL TELL ANOTHER STORY

AGAIN.

>> AND THE AMAZING THING ABOUT

THIS SERIES IS THAT IT IS TAKING

PLACE IN FLASHBACK BECAUSE THERE

IS THIS STORY THAT THE NETWORK

HAS SCREWED UP.

WAS THIS BASED ON CNN'S TAIL

WIND OR THAT MISTAKE OR WAS IT

BASED ON MANY OF THE OTHER

MISTAKES YOU SEE AT THE END OF

TIME.

>> NO, IT WAS INSPIRED BY

OPERATION DAILY WIND, WHICH IN

1998, CNN WAS LAUNCHING A NEW

PROGRAM IN CONGRESS JUNCTION

WITH "TIME" MAGAZINE AND THEIR

VERY FIRST BROADCAST PROMISED TO

BLOW THE LID OFF OPERATION TAIL

WIND, IN WHICH THEY ALLEGE THAT

1970 THE U.S. ARMY USED CHEMICAL

WEAPONS AGAINST ABOUT 100

CIVILIANS IN LAOS.

BUT IT TURNED OUT THAT THE

ENTIRE STORY WAS BASED ON AN

INTERVIEW THAT ONE OF THE

PRODUCERS HAD.

BASICALLY THEY WERE INTERVIEWING

A FORMER MEMBER OF THE JOINT

CHIEFS OF STAFF, WHO THE

PRODUCER SWEARS OFF CAMERA SAID

THIS HAPPENED, WE USED SARIN GAS

IN LAOS ON CIVILIANS.

ONCE HE GOT ON CAMERA, HE GOT

COLD FEET AND SAID, BASICALLY,

IF WE USED SARIN GAS IT WOULD

HAVE BEEN WRONG.

AND THE PRODUCER EDITED THAT

INTO "WE USED SARIN GAS AND IT

WAS WRONG."

EVERYBODY OFFERED RESIGNATION,

PEOPLE WERE FIRED, IT'S A

DISASTER.

>> WE'RE SO INSTINCTIVELY

CYNICAL ABOUT THE NEWS NOW THAT

WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS WATCH

YOUR CHARACTERS, WHO ARE

INTENTIONALLY WELL MEANING,

GRADUALLY MAKE A HUGE MISTAKE.

>> YEAH.

HOPEFULLY YOU'LL... THE MISTAKE

WILL BE UNDERSTANDABLE.

YOU'LL SEE HOW YOU COULD HAVE

MADE THAT MISTAKE, TOO.

NOT THE MISTAKE AT THE CENTER OF

IT.

WE HAVE AN ACTOR ON THE SHOW

NAMED SHAMISH LINKLATTER THAT IS

FANTASTIC.

I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD HAVE

DONE WHAT HE DID, BUT GIVEN THAT

SOMEBODY DID AND NOBODY KNEW

ABOUT IT, I THINK PEOPLE OF GOOD

INTENTIONS WOULD HAVE GONE ALONG

WITH IT.

>> I TELL YOU WHAT ELSE IS AN

UNDERSTANDABLE MISTAKE, AND THIS

IS LOSING THE POWER TO YOUR

STUDIO.

I CANNOT... YOU CANNOT BLAME

PEOPLE FOR THAT.

>> I ABSOLUTELY DON'T BLAME

PEOPLE FOR THAT.

IT'S REALLY BACK THERE.

IT'S A HEALTH SCAPE.

IT'S AMAZING.

>> John: DON'T SAY THAT.

HE'S LYING, JON.

THE SHOW'S FINE.

"NEWSROOM" IS ON HBO AT 10:00

P.M. ON SUNDAYS.

AARON SORKIN, LADIES AND

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