Accuracy in Media


The Newseum, an interactive museum of news and journalism located in Washington, D.C., announced last week that they will add more than a dozen items collected from journalists and protesters in Ferguson, Mo. as part of their “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” display starting December 19.

Some of the items that will be displayed include a press pass and two rubber pellet balls donated by St. Louis Public Radio producer Stephanie Lecci, reporters’ notebooks and the clothes St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson wore on the night when demonstrators shoved him to the ground.

The items were collected by Newseum online managing editor Sharon Shahid who traveled to St. Louis to bring them back to Washington.

“One of our roles at the Newseum is to help people understand and appreciate First Amendment freedoms,” Peter Prichard, chairman and CEO of the Newseum, said in a statement. “The continuing debate about Ferguson gives us an opportunity to show why two of those freedoms—the rights to assemble peaceably and to petition the government for a redress of grievances—are so important, even though we often take them for granted.”

I don’t know what news Prichard was watching, but what I saw on television was anything but peacefu—with stores being looted and burned throughout downtown Ferguson.

Will the Newseum display photos or video of that? No, because it doesn’t fit with their politically-correct narrative that Michael Brown, Jr. was an innocent victim of police brutality, despite evidence to the contrary.

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