Aaron Sorkin, one of the most vocal parties in the ongoing Sony hack attack, has weighed in after Sony announced it has scrapped a Christmas theatrical run for The Interview after theater chains rejected the movie over threats of possible violence in theaters. Sorkin echoes the sentiments of many in Hollywood, that this is a sad day for America. But he lays the blame at the feet of media outlets that helped empower the cyber-terrorists.

Said Sorkin: “Today the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists who threatened to kill moviegoers in order to stop the release of a movie. The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public–a story that was developing right in front of their eyes. My deepest sympathies go out to Sony Pictures, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and everyone who worked on The Interview.”