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After being brought nearly to tears last night at the conclusion of the season finale of HBO's "The Newsroom", I remembered that not everybody has HBO.  As such, they can't see the show.  So I thought I'd transcribe it for you.

All season long, the show has been highlighting what we here at DailyKos know:  that there is an "American Taliban" in these United States.  And they're called the Tea Party.

The transcript below is not the complete episode. For that, you'll have to subscribe to HBO and watch it on demand or get the DVDs of the first season when they're available.  It is however -- as complete as I could make it -- the news "broadcast" on last night's show.  It really was something to behold.  It was our dream broadcast.  I hope this transcript is valuable to you, in whole or in part.  I don't have the time to embed video right now (as I'm WAY late for work).  I'll try and do updates if I can.  Feel free to put any links in the comments and I'll elevate them to the body.

August 24, 2012:  "The Newsroom"  -- The Greater Fool -- the news transcript as broadcast by Will McAvoy.

Good Evening, I’m Will McAvoy.  Today is Monday, August 8 [2011].

And this past Friday, for the first time ever, Standard and Poor’s downgraded the credit rating of the US Treasury.  You would think that would be tonight’s top story.  Or you might think it would be the Dow closing down 634 points on its worst day of trading in 3 years.   Or the austerity riots in Europe.  Or any statements of the Republican candidates running for president. Or the President himself.  But it’s not.

Tonight’s top story is a woman named Dorothy Cooper.  

Dorothy Cooper is a 96 year old resident of Chattanooga Tennessee and has been voting for the last 75 years.  This year, she has been told she can’t.  A new law in Tennessee requires residents to show a government issued photo ID in order to vote.  Dorothy Cooper doesn’t have a driver’s license, because Dorothy Cooper doesn’t have a car. Dorothy Cooper doesn’t have a passport; a vacation abroad was never in her future.

Tennessee isn’t alone.  At this moment,  33 states have proposed or already adopted the same voter id laws that have disqualified Dorothy Cooper from the one fundamental thing that we all do as Americans.  It’s estimated that 11% or roughly 20 million people don’t have government issued voter ids and will be disenfranchised this November.   Why?  To crack down on the terrible problem of voter fraud.  Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who is about to enter the presidential primary race, is serious about cracking down on the problem:

>Video of Perry:  “Making sure that there is not fraud, making sure that someone is not manipulating that process makes all the sense in the world to me.”<

Me too.  Because voter fraud is such a huge problem that during a five year period in the Bush Administration, when 196 million votes were cast, the number of cases of voter fraud reached…86.   Not 86,000.  86.  Here’s what that number looks like as a percentage of votes cast.  .00004%.  Four one hundred thousandths of a percent.  This would be called a solution without a problem, but it’s not.  It’s just a solution to a different problem.  

Republican’s have a hard time getting certain people to vote for them.  So life would be a lot easier if certain people just weren’t allowed to vote at all.  I’m ashamed to say that 32 out of the 33 voter id laws were proposed by Republican legislators,  and passed by Republican controlled statehouses.  And signed into law by Republican governors.   I am not ashamed to say that I, however, am a Republican.  And that brings us to tonight’s second story.

I’m what the leaders of the Tea Party would call a RINO:  Republican in Name Only.  And that’s ironic because that’s exactly what I think about the leaders of the Tea Party.   Because the most conservative Republicans today…aren’t Republicans.  

Republicans believe in a prohibitive military.  We believe in a common sense government.   And that there are social programs enacted in the last half century that work but that there are way too many costing way too much, that don’t.  We believe in the rule of law and order and free market capitalism.  The Tea Party believes in loving America but hating Americans.  Tea Party Congressman  Allen West of Florida.  

>Video of West:  I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama bumper sticker, I recogonize them as a threat to the gene pool. <

 They believe in loving America, but hating its government.  Conservative activist, Grover Norquist.

>Video of Norquist:  I don’t want to abolish government,  I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub. <

And they believe that anybody who disagrees with the Tea Party has sinister anti-American motives.  

>Video of Herman Cain:  The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country.  The objective of the liberals is to make America mediocre.  <

Most of all, you must never, under any circumstance, seek  to reach a compromise with your opponent.  Or do any of what Democrats and genuine Republicans both call ‘governing.’  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

>Vidieo of McConnell:  Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term.<

And one other plank in the Tea Party platform.  If you are poor, it means that you are either too lazy or too stupid to be rich.  Here’s Andre Bauer, Tea Party Leader and the Lt. Governor of South Carolina [McAvoy read’s Bauer’s words] :  My grandmother was not a highly educated woman but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals.  You know why?  Because they breed.”

It’s almost hard to believe that Republicans can’t get Dorothy Cooper to vote for them.

During Tea Party rallys and in campaign speeches, we’ve been told that America has been founded as a Christian nation and if the founding fathers were here today, they’d tell us so.  Here’s John Adams in the treaty of Tripoli:  “As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”  And here’s Thomas Jefferson:  “…that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions.”  And here’s the first amendment to the US Constitution:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

What’s more frightening than the perversion of our great history is that sensible strong smart Republicans, the very men and women who should be standing up to radical fundamentalism, are so frightened in losing primary battles to religious zealots that they’ve thrown in the towel on sanity.  So we get this:

>Video of John McCain:  Yes, that the constitution established the United States as a Christian nation.<

It’s ironic because the biggest enemy of the phony Republican isn’t Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid or Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama.  It’s this man.  [image of Jesus Christ].  He said ‘Heal the sick.  Feed the hungry.   Care for the weakest among us.  And always pray in private. ‘  

On screen behind McAvoy while he reads:
-    Ideological  purity
-    Compromise as weakness
-    A fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism
-    Denying science
-    Unmoved by facts
-    Undeterred by new information
-    A hostile fear of progress
-    A demonization of education
-    A need to control women’s bodies
-    Severe xenophobia
-    Tribal mentality
-    Intolerance of dissent
-    A pathological hatred of the US government

They can call themselves the Tea Party.  They can call themselves Conservatives.   And they can even call themselves Republicans.  Though Republican’s certainly shouldn’t.  But we should call them what they are:  The American Taliban.  And the American Taliban cannot survive if Dorothy Cooper is allowed to vote.  

Originally posted to BayAreaKen on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 09:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by SFKossacks.

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    •  I watched all the episodes.. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Senor Unoball, chimene

      Newsroom started well - grabbed my attention... but there has just been too much "Drama" for my liking.

      I understand all their writers got fired at the end of Season One.

      That said, I still look forward to Season Two and will follow the program...

      Just a small-minded 'merican that wants to see the Romney 2009 FBAR

      by griz4u on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 09:26:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Aaron Sorkin is the only writer (4+ / 0-)

        I've seen credited for any of the episodes. I can't be 100% sure I noticed the writer credit for all of them, but I'm pretty sure I checked most of them.

        Of course, there could be other uncredited writers behind the scenes.

        The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know. - Harry S. Truman

        by Potalian on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:39:38 AM PDT

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        •  Newsroom writers (2+ / 0-)
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          BayAreaKen, lyta

          Sorkin is on all of them but a few episodes have also had another writer or two in the credits.  

          I love this show - all the personal drama makes me a little crazy and I realize they are trying to make the characters into real people.  They are more than their jobs in the newsroom, but I think he did it a little better on West Wing.  Or maybe it was because you didn't really ever get out of the West Wing very much - you only saw them at work?  

          I re-watch every episode on my HBO to Go on my iPad, because the news broadcasts portions are something I take to heart.  Even if Will is a Republican.  He's the kind of Republican that would work with Democrats in Congress.  And if there were more people who weren't so scared of the Tea Party Taliban, Congress might get more done.  

          "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

          by Ricochet67 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 03:54:46 AM PDT

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      •  Not fired (3+ / 0-)
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        BayAreaKen, griz4u, imfunnytoo

        That was an unfounded rumor.

        Sorkin answered that allegation in many places, including here.

        I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was. -- Mitt the Twit

        by Senor Unoball on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 12:55:46 PM PDT

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  •  thanks (9+ / 0-)

    HBO is not in my future, but we do like to keep up on their show plot points and occasionally we'll buy complete seasons.  Looks like I'll be watching for this one.

    •  check for copies at your public library. (2+ / 0-)
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      BayAreaKen, Senor Unoball

      public libraries used to lend videos, they now lend DVDs.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 01:29:42 PM PDT

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    •  HBO is falling behind the times... (2+ / 0-)
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      Senor Unoball, madhaus

      I'm with you, HBO isn't something thats in my future. the barrier for entry is just too high. I cannot believe that they still haven't released a reasonable legal alternative for people who don't want to go the full mile with a cable package. I don't own a TV, don't have a cable tv subscription, and as much as I like HBO shows, would never pay that much for them.

      They have a ready-made reasonable legal alternative in their online service that is available to people with a HBO cable package. All they need to do is open it up to non-subscribers like a netflix of amazon prime, though I would imagine it would be more expensive than either of those services. It seems like they are really limiting their own markets for a perceived exclusivity. I can't figure out how adding an online only subscription service would do anything but expand their viewership and make them more money.

      not to mention cutting down on piracy. Piracy always declines drastically when a reasonable legal alternative is introduced. some people will always pirate, but most people will pay for a product if given a reasonable way to do so.

      "Ruin comes when the trader, whose heart is lifted up by wealth, becomes ruler" - Plato, Republic

      by sixeight120bpm on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 03:43:27 PM PDT

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      •  Completely agree (1+ / 0-)
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        sixeight120bpm

        I don't have cable, I don't watch tv.  I watch shows on the internet occasionally, but not often.  I would even subscribe to HBO if I could do so online only, but there is no way I would pay to subscribe to cable tv service I don't need, let alone "premium" cable tv service I don't need.  I would be happy to buy the shows online individually or via subscription from HBO as well.  I want the shows' writers, directors, actors, and crew to be paid for their efforts and to encourage them to continue writing excellent television.

        A number of internet-only folks feel the same way and have resorted to "borrowing" the shows via torrent.  When the web-comic "The Oatmeal" mentioned the same dilemma, some people began to use "Oatmeal" as a verb for downloading an HBO show without paying, with the intent of buying the DVDs when they are issued.  I did so for Game of Thrones, as did a lot of other GRRM fans who otherwise don't watch much TV.

        Here's The Oatmeal strip that so well summarizes HBO's shortsightedness on this issue:

        I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened.

        So, just saying, that if you happened to type the name of the show you want to watch followed by the term "torrent" and check out a few links, well, you may very well be able to catch up on this series long before the DVDs come out (which you will, of course, buy or at least rent).

        In capitalist America, bank robs you!

        by madhaus on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 11:03:47 AM PDT

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  •  Great Show and Series (5+ / 0-)

    Don't want to wait until next Summer for Season II.

    I've been a fan since episode one.

    Thanks to Tevo I've watched just about every episode multiple times

    Mojo?!?! What mojo?

    by xopher on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 09:22:18 AM PDT

  •  Thought they misfired on romantic plotlines (3+ / 0-)

    Obviously Sorkin intends to draw out the whole Maggie-Jim thing a la Jim-Pam from seasons 1-3 of the Office.  Been there, done that.

    The Don-Sloan angle seems completely contrived and thrown in at the last minute.  Though I have been impressed with how Olivia Munn has developed her character.  Not always been a fan of hers, but if this is a preview of her as a full-time actress I can't wait for more.

    All in all though I think this show is steadily growing into its own.  The episodes centered around Fukushima, Bin Laden, and 'tragedy porn' were all fantastic pieces of television.

    And here's hoping that Terry Crews becomes a permanent addition to the show as the finale seemed to hint.  He seems born to deliver Sorkin's brand of fast-paced dialog.

    Follow Me on Twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/ZeddRebel

    by TarantinoDork on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 09:31:49 AM PDT

    •  sorkin is his own (1+ / 0-)
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      Senor Unoball

      worst enemy sometimes.

      he's at his best when he has someone reigning him in, but not stifling him.

      he's also best at grand moments, not at the little things that keep people watching dramas. For example, sports night was hilarious to me (because i love sports, and worked in TV), but it didn't have the personality to keep people watching long term.

      newsroom will get another season or two, but it needs to be more than a lecture to the media with a hint of humanity to be a hit.

      •  I'm not sure what the intention is (1+ / 0-)
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        Senor Unoball

        I think The Newsroom is a response to our current environment.  If that environment changes, the show will be unnecessary.  

        In the meantime, it's the most important show on TV.

        •  no it's not (2+ / 0-)
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          letsgetreal, Senor Unoball

          right now the show is just an hour of Sorkin telling the media how he wouldhave done things if he were in charge. He doesn't look at big Jounalism topics, or work toward the future, he simply takes an event, and lectures.

          media people watch it because it's based around their profession. just like i'm sure people in the gold mining business watch that show about gold mining in alaska. But after one season, there has been no moment that I think will make any journalist stand up and say, i need to be better.

      •  I see it as mainly a workplace romcom show (2+ / 0-)
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        BayAreaKen, Senor Unoball

        A mix of West Wing, the Office, and a bit of 30 Rock.  With an underlying message of 'here's what the media's priorities should be.'

        And I think it for the most part works in that regard.  I really do enjoy the eclectic cast, and when he gets behind the news desk Jeff Daniels is a 100% believable newsman.

        The first few episodes fell victim to precisely the above problems you've addressed, but I could say the same of 'West Wing.'  The show has improved as it saw main characters have their brash idealism put in check, 'reined in.'  The Fukushima episode "Bullies" is where I think it found its groove.

        I got good hopes for Season 2.

        Follow Me on Twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/ZeddRebel

        by TarantinoDork on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:40:40 AM PDT

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  •  Aaron Sorkin (4+ / 0-)

    always does a great job writing speeches for characters that don't exist in the real world.

    The speeches always have just the right amount of drama, which is aided by the fact that he gets to also create the entire world around those speeches.

    If only we could get Aaron Sorkin to write this year's election for us.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 09:32:29 AM PDT

  •  Excellent timing too (4+ / 0-)

    airing right before the Republican Convention. My 14 year old couldn't believe they were using the real news clips in all of their remarkably hateful, ignorant glory.
    Thanks for this - I wonder if they will post the video online?

  •  Watched it last night (3+ / 0-)
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    BayAreaKen, Senor Unoball, imfunnytoo

    and thought "Can we just run pierces of that and forget about all the other commercials?"

    (I loved the Jane Fonda part, btw.)

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:54:08 AM PDT

  •  Another fan here (2+ / 0-)
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    BayAreaKen, imfunnytoo

    As a former news reporter, I'm liking the behind-the-scenes processes to investigate and plan out stories. This rings quite true.

    I do think there's a bit too much soap-opera romancing going on, however.

    I about choked when they used the phrase "American Taliban" last night.

    Anybody know when season 2 will start? All I can find in writing is that it will begin next year.

    I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was. -- Mitt the Twit

    by Senor Unoball on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 01:02:24 PM PDT

  •  Newsroom / real News (3+ / 0-)
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    BayAreaKen, imfunnytoo, Puddytat
    They can call themselves the Tea Party.  They can call themselves Conservatives.   And they can even call themselves Republicans.  Though Republican’s certainly shouldn’t.  But we should call them what they are:  The American Taliban.  And the American Taliban cannot survive if Dorothy Cooper is allowed to vote.  
    Substitute Viviette Applewhite for Dorothy Cooper and it becomes real news, instead of TV show news.  

    I wish more people could see this show.  I watch every episode at least twice.  I hope HBO re-broadcasts all the episodes every week until the election and releases DVDs and puts it on You Tube so more people can see it.  

    I know it's biased, because even though Will is a Republican, he's more like a 1950's Republican, who were actually more like modern day Democrats.  But buried in the office drama and crazy personal relationships are real clips of what's been happening in real life the last couple of years.  People need to see that, to be reminded of the kind of people they elected so they can make a better choice this time and vote out the Tea Party Taliban.  

    I miss Keith Olbermann.

    I miss real Congressional reps who care about the people they represent, who are willing to reach across the aisle and work together for the good of the country.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 04:05:41 AM PDT

  •  Watched it all... (0+ / 0-)

    And yes the relaaattioonnshiipp stuff got in the way...

    But particularly, the last two epis...

    packed a lot of real life issue discussion in amongst the drama.

    I was initally skeptical about Jeff Daniels...but after this he should be able to write his own ticket, project wise.

    And the character is at least somewhat based on KO, or I'll start drinkin' the TalibanTea

    and started and stopped paying for HBO exactly in line with the Newsroom season.  And will do the same next season.

    Dear budget cutting GOP'ers: Public transit is my “car.” And frankly, I’d like it back.

    by imfunnytoo on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 11:36:19 AM PDT

  •  Thank you so much, Ken. (0+ / 0-)

    Love Sorkin's work and can't wait to see this one.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 11:08:22 AM PDT

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