From the immortal ''You can't handle the truth!'' scene in A Few Good Men to the Big Block of Cheese Day episodes of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin manipulates real circumstances in ways that send trial lawyers and White House staffers mad over his inaccuracies.
Yet Sorkin's literal and metaphorical cheese usually delights audiences. He is writing drama, not biography. He's allowed to play with spin and dismiss facts.
Of course, Sorkin's drama has a unique, almost trademarkable quality. And because he gives us an ideal reality, based on real things, it can be tempting to demand it be accurate. Often because we prefer reality as he sees it: Martin Sheen's President Bartlet was the preferred candidate over George W. Bush and John Kerry in some US election polls in 2004.
So when Sorkin turned his killer keyboard to a TV newsroom in The Newsroom, it was the newsies who baulked.
The Huffington Post said it ranged from ''obvious and self-congratulatory'' to ''manipulative and shrieky''. The Miami Herald labelled it ''monstrously misconceived and incompetently executed, powered by a high-octane blend of arrogance and contempt''.
The New Yorker put it more succinctly: ''The Newsroom treats the audience as though we were extremely stupid.'' The Newsroom isn't Sorkin at his best, and he has tackled a dry subject; newsrooms deal with interesting stories but they aren't interesting themselves.
Sorkin is also writing the show for US cable network HBO, a niche channel, not a free-to air broadcaster that has to appeal to all viewers.
He isn't treating the audience as though they were stupid, but he is assuming you want to see the world the way he does. It is manipulative. It is arrogant. But it is far from contemptuous. It is TV by demand. This is Sorkin porn for Sorkin fans - and there's no shame in that.