It goes downhill from there.
The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan and The Daily Beast's Jace Lacob delve into "The Newsroom" and its problematic female characters in a long, funny discussion that's well worth a read. Ryan makes a particularly noteworthy point here:
The twin foundations of the series are that men commit acts of brave journalism and women help them do that, and that any number of attractive women find the pompous Will attractive enough to date (or in MacKenzie's case, obsess over). It kind of makes my blood boil that Sorkin refers to Preston Sturges and classic film comedies when talking to the press about this show, but Rosalind Russell's character in "His Girl Friday" is one of the best parts of that great, great movie. She's got her own agenda, she's flawed but powerful, she's funny, she's independent and she's nobody's fool. I think Sorkin thinks he's recreating that kind of dynamic in various aspects of "The Newsroom" -- in the dialogue, in the relationships between the men and the women -- but the alarming gap between what he believes he's doing and what I actually see on the screen grows wider with each episode.
Sorkin is unquestionably better at writing for men. He's created some memorable and complex female characters in the past -- Allison Janney's White House Press Secretary (and eventual Chief of Staff) C.J. Cregg is a personal favorite of mine -- but he's drawn to stories of men, gifted men, struggling to work within (and sometimes struggling against) systems that don't always appreciate them. It's a twist on this tendency that made "The Social Network" such an amazingly sad, stinging story of loaded success. The film's version of Mark Zuckerberg lives in an almost entirely male world in large part because that's where he's most comfortable -- his rise to power and the very product he creates are portrayed as a means of having control in social situations. Facebook allows you to have something like a connection to another individual without the exposure of having to actually interact with that person; being rich and important also means that people will always come to you, though not necessarily the people you really want. "The Social Network" is the tale of men who are great at engineering a product that mediates relationships but are hopeless at actual relationships -- in the film, women are terrifying, objectified or both because that's how the characters see them.