According to Jessica Stuart, who spent 15 years working in the TV industry including at various network and cable news outlets, "5/1" nailed a couple key details about covering big stories.
"The drills are real," Stuart said of Neal's explanation that the staff practices breaking news procedures on a monthly basis. "Everyone gets into place. Everyone makes the phone calls. They were really intense," she explained. The tension between Washington and New York bureaus is also very common, she said. "It goes back to that anchor competition that is always there."
"It had a neat message about reporting the news and what that really means," she said, discussing the episode. Stuart was not still working in the industry to cover the bin Laden raid, but was working for NBC during the 9/11 terrorist attack, when she was stuck at an airport, not unlike Don, Elliot, and Sloan. In The Newsroom, Don reports to the captain and the rest of the plane that Osama bin Laden was dead. Stuart too recounted comforting airline staff members seeking information on that tragic September day. "You had this moment of, we are the only link to any information whatsoever, and it was a pretty emotional moment."
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