The other characters are in this place where they get to do this idealistic, uncompromised show, but he is not. He actually has to deal with a lot of the consequences and compromises that come with making television news.
Right. Don doesn’t have a Charlie [the news division president played by Sam Waterston], who is willing to go to the mat for him to keep his job the way MacKenzie [Emily Mortimer] does and Will does. Don is in this hole straight out that if he doesn’t bring viewers, if he doesn’t get ratings at ten o’clock, then he doesn’t have a job. He is in a place where he’s handcuffed. A lot of journalists that I’ve spoken to relate to that, that feeling of, “Shit, I wish I could do this. I wish I could say X-Y-Z. I wish I could haul off and do A-B-C but I can’t because I’m beholden to corporate ownership, I’m beholden to ratings.”
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