BREAKING: In an Op-Ed for The New York Times entitled “The Sony Hack And The Yellow Press, The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin lambastes those media outlets that have been feasting on the most salacious secrets contained in stolen Sony Pictures Entertainment e-mails, dispersed by hackers because Sony is releasing The Interview. Acknowledging he has shown up in numerous emails that have been turned into dishy stories by blogs, Sorkin urged those media outlets to consider what they are doing, arguing that “every news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.”
These are hard words, and it is likely that some of the outlets that have been aggressively transcribing these documents will focus on the troubles experienced by Sorkin, one of the most gifted writers in movies, plays and TV. They will say he’s got skin in the game here; he works regularly with Rudin, and has worked at Sony on The Social Network, Moneyball and wrote the Steve Jobs movie for the studio before the picture moved to Universal. It will be most interesting to see how long Sorkin stands alone here. There have been some important elements that rise to the level of newsworthiness, but the vast majority of it has been tawdry, at least so far.