Newseum: Stop banning reporters from covering events with Presidential candidates
  • Petitioned Peter S. Prichard

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman, Newseum
Peter S. Prichard
Vice Chairman, Newseum
Shelby Coffey
Vice President of Exhibits, Programs and Media Relations, Newseum
Cathy Trost
Manager of Media, Newseum
Jonathan Thompson

Newseum: Stop banning reporters from covering events with Presidential candidates

    1. David Shuster
    2. Petition by

      David Shuster

      Washington, DC

The Newseum is supposed to honor freedom of the press. But twice over the past year, the Newseum has banned reporters from covering Presidential candidates. The first incident happened when President Obama spoke at the Newseum in March 2012. The second incident came in June 2012 when Governor Romney appeared at the site.

In both cases, the Newseum had rented space to an organization known as the Business Roundtable, a group that demanded the Q&A session of their event be inaccessible to reporters. The Newseum complied, forcing reporters from the room. Newseum officials say that private rentals get to control access to their events. That would certainly be the case if the Business Roundtable hosted an event on their own property. But this is the Newseum. The Newseum gets to set its own rental policies. And the Newseum, of all places, should be promoting press access instead of limiting it.

This petition demands the Newseum change its policies/contracts/agreements so that any group renting space and hosting a Presidential candidate or President of the United States must allow press access at the event, from start to finish.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Charisse Savier ALLIANCE, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      It is difficult to get a balanced, factual report from many of the big news agents. We need as many reporters covering it as possible so the public has a shot at getting real reporting, like in the old days before corporate influence.

    • James Oldham DETROIT, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Transparency is needed by government officials and those who want to be.

    • Debra Ryerson MATTOON, IL
      • about 2 years ago


    • George W. Freeman LEXINGTON, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      I like ms. miles reason the best. Yes air all events but be clear on how we veteran are going to survive the exposure to chemical testing that many of us have been and still are being exposed to. As the men run for office they need to stop avoiding the millions who are speaking out about non-consensual testing and exposure to these new contractors and their weapons and chemicals, they need to address Congress and stop the testing in our air and water. Add this to your events and see what changes occur.

    • Darlene Miles COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      This petition is important because it is also time for our candidates to state what the platform is regarding the increase in testing and evaluating weapons for war on 'unwitting U.S. persons and our military personnel and their families'. These were decade old practices that have drastically increased Post 9/11 with the increase in a number of government contractors who are developing such technology as 'kill drones', satellite weapons, and testing (EMF) with the number of cell tower now placed around our neighborhoods across this country. Please, yes air the speeches and candidates of all offices, please inform the innocent military families, and citizens of these United States what you plan to do to stop these actions by the 1% of those who are not earning trillions in funding per The Washington Post article 'A Top Secret America'.

      Please consider signing the following petition to send a message to those now responsible for the funding of these actions. Thank you, Darlene Miles

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