Aaron Sorkin, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, spirited orator, and creator of walking and talking television programs like The West Wing and Sports Night told — ahem, explained — to a crowd at the Tribeca Film Festival last night that he's (sort of) sorry that people have had less than stellar reactions to The Newsroom, his show about Jeff Daniels being a (beloved!) blowhard anchorman.

“I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind," he told former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau. "I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over.”

One of the greater criticisms leveraged against Sorkin's Newsroom so far (beyond the way he writes female characters) is that the show's finger-wagging, revisionist approach to major news events (the BP oil spill, Obamacare, the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street) is condescending — of course The Newsroom would know how to cover a news story "better" after it already happened. This is not what he meant to do with the show:

I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding. I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done. That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind. I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news. It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in… Also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do… So, I wasn’t trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn’t my intent and it’s never my intent to teach you a lesson or try to persuade you or anything.

Whether he intended to mansplain how the news should be covered and whether he actually did, though, is a different point of contention...that he dodged! He doesn't know anything about anything, you see.

“I haven’t become an expert in anything. I’m not sophisticated when it comes to politics, when it comes to journalism. I’m not as smart as the characters are or, as you can see, as articulate,” he said last night. “I want to make it clear: I don’t know nothin’,” he eventually added.

Also, making TV is hard.

The problem is with television, the schedule’s so ferocious. It’s so fast… We have airdates. We’re working backwards. There are airdates that have to be hit and you have to write when you’re not writing well and then you have to point a camera at it.

But his other defense of The Newsroom is that he's still figuring out how to make it. Which is fair. Some shows take time to take shape and become the show they actually want to be. You see it a lot in comedies. “I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it,” he said.

The Newsroom returns this fall for its final season on HBO.