Why liberals love 'The Newsroom'

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," June 26, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: So, Aaron Sorkin's lefty gas cloud known as "The Newsroom" belched forth on HBO Sunday. And you know who loved it? Dan Rather. Yes, him, the guy who did the news -- meaning delivering liberal pap under the guise of journalism.

He reviewed the show for some blog. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Once the king, he's now writing for shut-ins.

Anyway, Dan liked the show because it's what news should be, i.e., liberal.

Meanwhile, to help promote this mess, British actress Emily Mortimer -- seen here -- laments how dangerous uninformed we Yankees are. Yet in the same Salon blog, she says that George Bush was president for 10 years and describes a Tea Party who elected dozens of politician as the lunatic fringe.

This is from a self-described anarchist, hailing from England, where the media is as balanced as their teeth.

How much you want to bet she sees "Occupy Wall Street" as fine, to adult like her protesting against bureaucracy peacefully is scarier than planning to blow up bridges.

"The Newsroom" is a losers' lament from the marginalize mindset, harkening back to a time when the left ran everything.

No wonder they hate Fox News, which really means they hate you non-coastal types who don't own Priuses held together by bumper stickers.

Yes, Emily Mortimer hates you. Aaron Sorkin hates you. And HBO hates you.

But you should accept the hate proudly. You've earned it, because you're right and their show sucks.

That's all I have to say about that. What do you want to talk about?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: So you really liked it.


Andrea watched it. How would you describe it? It was like a time machine that went back to fight old battles they lost, or something.

TANTAROS: With "Days of Our Lives" sprinkled on top. The drama, I mean, if you have ever seen a newsroom in action, no one is stopping to give these bold speeches, these self-important bloviating, "Guys, we should stop and think about whether or not we have courage to run a story like this."

No one does that in the newsroom. They look at each other and go, "Run the tape, do the story, move, move, move!"

I just thought it was very very predictable. You know, they had, of course, the liberal feminist, at the beginning of it on the stage. And she is railing about how the National Endowment of the Arts is so great. And of course they pick a white guy to be the Republican. Never have a woman like Dana and I play the conservative.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: If they did, we would be crazy.

TANTAROS: Exactly. And then the middle anchorman, actually takes shot at one girl. She gets up to ask a question about why America is so great, the greatest country. He starts going off and says, "Listen, you sorority" -- basically calling her a bimbo.


TANTAROS: And I thought is that Aaron Sorkin hatred of women coming out? Or what is that? That's very rude.

GUTFELD: This is no Mary Tyler Moore show.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: This is how you guys watch TV? I mean, I actually liked it. I watched the first maybe 14, 15 minutes of it.

GUTFELD: Maybe that's why you liked it.

BOLLING: It was more like going to the zoo or watching a sporting event. You just kind of watch it. I love the news, I love politics. It was kind goofy.

When you start to pick out those things you are like look what he is doing there. He's making fun of the conservatives there. Look what he is doing, he's putting the liberals on a pedestal. That's OK. "The West Wing" did the same thing.

TANTAROS: You were groaning? You weren't groaning the whole time?

BOLLING: Not really.

PERINO: The "West Wing" was a little more subtle.


GUTFELD: Yes. There's no subtlety here.

Bob, what did you make of it? I bet you didn't watch a single minute of it. You actually have a life and you go out and do things.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: I hate you.


GUTFELD: Why do you hate me?

BECKEL: I hate you.

It's a good thing you are short and everything. I won't beat you up. I'll forget about it.

I don't really care. I mean, 2.1 million people. We had more people watching us yesterday than that.

I mean, you know, you know, it's -- who cares? I mean, I just don't, a newsroom, the only one that was good was the network movie. Remember that movie, sweat and all that stuff?


BECKEL: I thought that was pretty good. And then they had -- who was the woman who got killed -- I went out with her once, actually. Woman that got killed, the newswoman, the anchor woman who got killed --

GUTFELD: Jessica Savage?

BECKEL: Yes, Jessica Savage. That lasted one date.

PERINO: Gee, I can't imagine why.


TANTAROS: It's interesting that they made the lead character, too, made him a Republican. And so, one blogger wrote you know that is interesting they would have the Republican railing against Republicans. He goes on to say, why we're not the greatest country and France is great and Spain is great. You know, all of those countries wouldn't be free if it wasn't for the United States.

PERINO: It would be cool if Hollywood had guts to put together a movie or a storyline based on how citizen journalists and bloggers are actually the ones taking down the traditional newsrooms and breaking things apart and exposing things like the selective edit we saw last week.

TANTAROS: Or Dan Rather.

PERINO: Or Dan Rather, exactly. Zing!

GUTFELD: Yes, I love her name. MacKenzie McHale.


PERINO: You should never trust a guy with two first names. But what do you do with a British actress on a show with two last names?

TANTAROS: Ignore her.

BOLLING: But the difference between this -- this is entertainment. It's not "Game Change" --


GUTFELD: It's ideological.

BECKEL: Can you get out of your segment so I can have a little bit mine?

BOLLING: It's not "Game Change" where they're actually taking shots at real people.

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