Ashby Dodd

The Newsroom: ‘America Is Not Greatest Country’ [Favorite Scenes]

The Newsroom: ‘America Is Not Greatest Country’ [Favorite Scenes]

Aaron Sorkin and Jeff Daniels combine their talents to deliver one of the most polarizing opening scenes on television – watchThe Newsroom!

Whether or not you agree with Aaron Sorkin’s monologue, there is no denying that the opening scene of The Newsroom is television gold. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you’ll want to watch (or revisit, for those of you who have) as Jeff Daniels delivers the infamous “America is not the greatest country” speech.

2012’s The Newsroom ran for two seasons on HBO and had a laundry list of top-tier talent: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston among many, many others.

The show centered around specific characters in the newsroom of the fictitious network, ACN. Aside from chronicling how the network responds to real, historical events, the series followed the personal lives of the staff and their relationships with one another.

Say what you will about how the series unfolded after the series premiere, but I still haven’t found an opening scene that pulled me in faster than The Newsroom. In the scene below, Will McAvoy (Daniels) is asked “what makes America the greatest country in the world?” and, when pushed, he answers “it’s not the greatest country in the world.” What follows is a very dynamic (and polarizing) speech that makes this one of my favorite scenes. Check it out: