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Aaron Sorkin calls out media for 'aiding and abetting terrorism' after Sony hack

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It’s almost been a year since a massive hack compromised Sony email accounts, and Aaron Sorkin is still angry as hell about how the media and other movie studios handled the attack. In a recent roundtable interview tied to his new film Steve Jobs — a Sony project that was mentioned many times in the hacked emails — Sorkin said that the press outlets that dug through the leaked information “absolutely aided and abetted terrorism.”

“The worst part was seeing the American press as a willing accomplice, an eager accomplice to terrorism,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know how these reporters who printed the stuff can look at themselves in the morning.”

Explaining himself further, Sorkin said that what the American media did pick up was mostly unworthy, salacious items. “You cannot tell me that an argument about Angelina Jolie is newsworthy or what Cameron Crowe’s troubles are in post-production on Aloha is newsworthy or any of the Steve Jobs stuff was newsworthy,” he said.

Sorkin has been a vocal critic of journalists scouring the hacked emails for stories since the beginning. He previously wrote about the issue in a New York Times op-ed and found himself the subject of several such stories when his leaked email claiming that actors have a higher “degree of difficulty” than actresses at the Academy Awards were made public.

The Oscar-winning writer also took the other movie studios to task for not standing by Sony’s side in support. “They should have stood up, arm in arm with Sony, saying ‘We make the movies that you want, you attack one of us, you attack all of us,’” he said. “It was a sad moment for Hollywood, it really was, a terrible, terrible moment.”

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