First off you yourself said the following words: "ineptitude" "klutz" which is my point. Maggie is a one-dimensional incompetent cartoon at this point in other words a bad character. Even Sorken can't think of a logical reason why she is still employed "I dodge bullets" is not a display of competence.
"I'm not sure whom you're referring to in this. I think it's the Munn woman, but can't be sure."
Yes Mac very clearly says "they don't have your legs" to her character when asked why choose her for the job (they even put it on the previously on the Newsroom segment after words). When asked if she should strip to the answer is if that is what it takes, even jokingly, this proves my point. Again this is "The best form of the argument" Mac. "Hot legs" is not the best form of economics. Sorkin (and newsnight and its employees) is all about "the best form of the argument" when it suits his (or theirs) personal pet causes but are oblivious to anything else. Being above Casey Anthony is supposed to make them noble, even though you are under no obligation to cover it Nancy Gracy style and could spin it in to a critical discussion of several issues, yet pandering to horny males isn't above them at any time.
“Her reasoning was given in the show. Please pay attention to it.”
Her reasoning doesn't make it any less stupid, again this is the women that gave the sanctimonious "Best form of the argument" speech. You’re not the best form of the argument Mac, live up to your own speeches why don’t you!
"Scene also intended to show that man is a good guy, and plays into a later scene."
Showing that a man is a nice guy at the expensive of a women's competency is bad clichéd writing. Women= helpless, man= white knight, Sorkin= How romantic, Me= eyeroll.
"I can't use a Blackberry."
Are you an employee in place where competence in these types of things would be expected especially if you are "the best in the business"? Mac is. You wanted context? Context is what makes it bad and by comparing it to yourself you
are taking it out of context by framing it within your own experiences instead of what the show presented. Her job would require a high degree of tech savvy, it makes no sense for her character.
"And the main character didn't even know he had a blog, and arrogantly thinks he fixed the internet after taking steps to curtail hate-filled comments on said blog."
He didn't know they had someone writing a blog for him this is different from not knowing how to send an E-mail. To be equivalent we would have to have a scene of him being unable to post something online. But more importantly the show presents his crusade as a good thing
. Anonymous comments are seen as a bad, horrible thing and his idea is seen as an improvement to the site. Sorkin clearly agrees with Will his contempt for the internet is transparent throughout the show. If anything he is lionized as a persecuted martyr for his bold ideas.
"Also, scene tied into a later element of the episode."
You mean when she sends an E-mail about her private life to the entire company? That doesn’t make it good writing, indeed the Idiot Ball is consider to be a poor writing device only instead of being given the idiot ball, idiot is the closer to the default state.
"Because a good work environment depended on people being able to get along with Will."
Getting along professionally yes, but this was about seeing him as a good person personally, not creating a good working relationship. The show was all about building up the purely personal plot point of Mac having been the one to cheat on Will not solving inter-work relationships issues. Her going around telling people to like Will does not create a better work place indeed she is just being unprofessionally and string the pot even more. Also they rightful think Will is a jerk because he acts like a jerk to them; he should be encouraged to change his behavior by Mac not his victims. The show and you yourself called him a bully, he is the problem, Mac isn’t fixing a work place problem she is enabling a work place problem.
"Man screwed up. Looked to woman for what to do."
When!? Will screws up in the first episode, actively fights having Mac help and as you yourself point out is a bully to her in the workplace and when he becomes a bully goes to a male therapist. Meanwhile Sloan explicated ask if lying is what Will wants her to do says I need wisdom to Will, because Great White Man is just full of it. No man on the show has had comparable scenes with a women.
"Man was ridiculed for almost the entire show."
and still faces less professional consequences then the women that suggested the ipad story. The women is yelled at and throw out of the meeting, immediately. Man , even if being humored, is not and at the end Will says he will take a look at it which is a lot more respect than the woman got. In the real world, Will's response to the women would be an overreaction and Mr. Bigfoot would have been fried for his calling in the main staff on their off day for his nonsense.
And he is still being given more respect, when he suggest that White House announcement about getting Bin Laden might be about UFOs he is shoot down but moments later “Do you think it could be UFOs?” Does Maggie’s slightly less ridiculous the birthers are right idea get considered, no? Neither desires to be considered but why is it that the man’s ridiculous theories are continually met with more respect than women’s ideas? In addition, his idea about exposing internet trolls gets approved because “trolls” is high-minded news.
“That scene was shown to highlight how the main character is a bully, and feels a great deal of animosity towards the other character”
It makes Will look like a bully and Mac look stupid problem is we are supposed to see Will as bully (but not enough of one to tarnish his Great White male status), but see Mac as the “best in the business” not someone stupid we should pity.
“She thought it meant 'lots of love'. David Cameron did this”
David Cameron is in an age bracket that is less likely to understand internet culture. It is not a believable error for a character her age working in her field even if a klutz. Secondly, a typical text is a very different thing from a condolence letter. Texting practically requires the use of acronyms, using an internet acronyms in a condolence letter would be inappropriate even if it meant lots of love. “Sry about ur loss, lol”. Nope, doesn’t work no matter what the acronyms mean.
“Admittedly I don't remember this bit.”
Sloan. She says it in the first plane scene in the Bin Laden episode, Don announces it to the whole plane, and she admits it again. How on Earth does one accidently set fire to someone in an interview? Be a female on this show! Add to that the whole set up to the joke is designed to make Sloan look stupider then Don and his relationship drama, since we are making Don (male) look bad they had to have Sloan do something even more over the top unbelievable. That is the point when I gave up on this show actually it is absurd over the top, something you would except to see if Bugs Bunny where in the Newsroom therefore I’ll believe that Sorkin women are equal to men when I see Will take down a republican using the rabbit/duck season bit.