It’s one of the classic TV shows – seven straight series of solid leftie wish fulfilment.A debate around liberal credentials has emerged this week, after emails from its writer and creator Aaron Sorkin were leaked, in which he makes some rather sexist comments about female actors not being as good as their male counterparts. “Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys, but there just aren’t that many tour-de-force roles out there for women.”As The Independent's Rosie Millard wrote in response: "Well, if that is the case, whose fault is that? " And it's true - if is anything to go by, Sorkin has been failing his female characters for a while now.
Mainly, however, it’s that series auteur Aaron Sorkin has never quite stopped being a big fat sexist, albeit one with a spectacular barber.
He has considerable form; since solved liberal democracy for all time round about 2004, he’s been involved with various other projects, all of which contain what could most kindly be described as certain "unfavourable" tropes.
Take the international megahit Facebook movie, , which is most notable for an extended sequence - broadcast last week - in which an important news man tells a weeping teenage rape victim that she needs to worry a lot more about false accusations affecting young men’s future careers than justice for survivors.
Despite all this, the West Wing remains somehow unimpeachable television.
In a lot of ways, it is great work; there’re many compelling characters – not all men – scything and at times soaring dialogue, and great stories.