The fiction: The West Wing, season one, episode twenty-one, “Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics”. First broadcast May 10, 2000. Directed by Don Scardino, written by Aaron Sorkin.
The newspaper: Daily Mirror
It must be a charmed life, being an Aaron Sorkin character. You’ll be hyper-competent at your job, intelligent and always prepared to drop a handful of witty bons mots into conversation. But your idealism still won’t be enough to tackle the world’s premier cynical force: the British tabloid press.