Anything Aaron Sorkin touches seems to me to turn into a bunch of liberal propoganda. And the thing is - the power of the guy who gets to write the scripts, the dialogue, set the direction of the show, etc., is the power to propogandize.
It occured to me, watching this show, how easy it is to implant your views on the viewer. You have control of the dialogue, so you can create a character who advocates your views that’s well spoken, with seemingly good arguments - and let him speak them unchallenged. And you can create the opposition’s viewpoint (which you’re also writing) to make them sound like bumbling idiots.
Of course, if they made them sound like blatant bumbling idiots, people would see it. It’d be so obvious… “Oh, he’s just making conservatives look dumb.”
And so he writes the conservatives so they have somewhat plausible, but weak arguments, and they’re always lame compared to The Enlightened Liberal Character’s arguments, and over time, it would influence a person’s views towards those of the writer, in the same way that more simplistic propoganda works. Only, since it’s sleek, and well written, no one picks it up as propoganda.
As an example off the top of my head: The president and the vice president were discussing concealled carry laws. The president was carrying on about blood baths, and people packing heat, and then poses the question: If the point is to deter criminals, why would they want concealed weapons? Wouldn’t they want them in the open?
Of course, to this question, I could give 5 very valid answers. But the character advocating the conservative view? Well, “Uh… I really don’t know sir, I guess that doesn’t make sense.” [paraphasing, it’s been months].
Anyway, I’m ranting. Does this piss anyone else off?