HBO's "The Newsroom" turned to another Central Florida crime story in its latest episode.

This week it was George Zimmerman. Last year it was Casey Anthony.

The Aaron Sorkin drama, about a cable news program, gives new meaning to the term "ripped from the headlines." "Law & Order" used to do that with regularity. But "Law & Order" would take those original stories and go off on fascinating, fictional tangents.

"The Newsroom" explores journalistic issues, and Sorkin has the luxury of time to reflect on things that were unfolding in real time. He can weigh in on the issues in a style that can turn preachy.

In recent years, the main issue for most journalists has been keeping their jobs. But maybe "The Newsroom" doesn't see much drama in that headline.

In the Zimmerman episode, Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill) acknowledged editing a Zimmerman call to police for time constraints.

The series borrowed from the real-life story of Miami's NBC station editing the Zimmerman call and deleting an operator's question about the race of Trayvon Martin. In the real-life incident, two employees lost their jobs.

On "The Newsroom," anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) prepared to read a correction as the episode ended. What happens next? The next episode airs at 10 p.m. Sunday on HBO.

Zimmerman has sued NBCUniversal Media, complaining that the "yellow journalism" in the editing made Zimmerman seem to be racist. Zimmerman placed the call shortly before fatally shooting Trayvon. NBCUniversal has acknowledged a mistake in production but said it never meant to portray Zimmerman unfairly. The suit also cites reporting on NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News."

Last year, the staff on "The Newsroom" didn't want to touch the Anthony story. Anthony was described as "this psychotic cocktail waitress."

Top news executive Charlie (Sam Waterston) demanded that the Orlando story be covered after learning HLN's Nancy Grace was scoring big ratings and beating the fictional cable show.

What was the Anthony story's value? "It's news," Will said.

"It's entertainment, and it's just, just this side of a snuff film," producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) countered. 

Actually, it was a story the public was interested in -- and it kept many journalists employed. And it gave Aaron Sorkin material to skewer on "The Newsroom."