During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, my parents, sister, and uncle came to the Newseum. (I was working that day and I had the pleasure of checking their coats.) They spent several hours at the Newseum and, as I had predicted, my mother wanted to read every single thing.
The Newseum has ten core messages it wishes to impart to visitors. I was curious what my family got out of their visit, and I asked my parents to finish sentences based on the core messages. (Regarding some of my father’s answers: this is where I get my quirkiness…)
|Newseum Core Messages||My Mother’s Response||My Father’s Response|
|The free press is a cornerstone of democracy.||The free press is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights.||The free press is a cornerstone of the Berlin Wall.|
|People have a need to know.||People have a need to know and understand what is happening in the world.||People have a need to Party.|
|Journalists have a right to tell.||Journalists have a right to get the information.||Journalists have a right to Write.|
|Finding the facts can be difficult.||Finding the facts can be dangerous.||Finding the facts can be Scary.|
|Reporting the story can be dangerous.||Reporting the story can be dangerous.||Reporting the story can be Dangerous.|
|Freedom includes the right to be outrageous.||Freedom includes the right to freedom of the press.||Freedom includes the right to wear Ties.|
|Responsibility includes the duty to be fair.||Responsibility includes the duty to report the news accurately and in an unbiased way.||Responsibility includes the duty to Text.|
|News is history in the making.||News is factual information about what is happening in the world.||News is What News Does.|
|Journalists provide the first rough draft of history.||Journalists provide hopefully, unbiased and factual information.||Journalists provide Coffee at the press fair.|
|A free press, at its best, reveals the truth.||A free press, at its best, makes the world better by increasing our understanding of the world around us.||A free press, at its best, inexpensive.