Aaron Sorkin's misguided assault on the media

The famed screenwriter is unhappy that news outlets are publishing emails leaked by hackers. But that's what the media do.

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The hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer network has certainly entertained the national media over the past few days, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. Combine the insatiable appetite for celebrity news with the opportunity to look behind the corporate wall to find out how entertainment executives talk among one another, and you have a click-bait powerhouse. Toss in an example of racism toward President Obama by two powerful liberals, and it turns into the event of the season. What’s not to love?

Plenty, according to Aaron Sorkin. The television and film producer and writer suffered serious damage to his image in the release of the hacked internal communications. Sorkin accused the media of "giving material aid to criminals" in an essay for The New York Times. "[E]very news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace," Sorkin wrote in reference to the hacker group that took responsibility for the theft of the data, "is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable."

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.