The bad reviews for Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show, The Newsroom — of which there have been plenty — have not all been undeserved. Last night’s pilot tread on shakier ground than any of HBO’s recent freshman offerings, partly because of its ambition and because of Sorkin’s blind spot toward that fine line between moral righteousness and pedantry. But writing for Gawker, of all places, veteran newscaster Dan Rather affirmed his support for the show in a thoughtful column. “There is a newsroom authenticity to what’s presented and much that gets to the heart of modern American journalism’s problems,” he says. “There is a battle for the soul of the craft that goes on daily now in virtually every newsroom in the country. It’s a fight that matters, not just for journalists but for the country.” There’s a lot more to chew on, even for those of you who didn’t graduate with full honors from Journalism Dork Academy, but it’s interesting to read the perspective of a senior journalist more concerned about the fate for his profession opposed to a television critic judging whether or not the dialogue is realistic. (It isn’t, even by Sorkin standards.) Plus: Dan Rather writing for Gawker! It’s like Bruce Springsteen doing guest vocals on a Skrillex track. Let’s hope it’s a recurring feature, even if Rather is otherwise busy in his sixth — sixth! — decade of journalism.