“In the twenty-first century, trying to dispel misinformation and celebrity rumors feels a lot like trying to beat back the Atlantic Ocean with a butterfly net,” writes Edwards. But “respect for Mister Rogers — and the fundamental concepts of accuracy and reality” leads Edwards to argue well, in the logical sense, that stories ascribing terrible things to Fred Rogers are not true (italics by Edwards).
Edwards wrote, “But although Fred Rogers presented the best version of himself on camera, the public persona of Mister Rogers comported closely to his private self. His wife, Joanne, often said, ‘With Fred, what you see is what you get.’ ”
Edwards quotes Rogers on why his “Neighborhood” stayed on television so long: ” ‘People love honesty. … They like to be in touch with those who are honest and real. Don’t you like to be with real people?’ ”
In 1999, Rogers described “the greatest gift you can give anybody: the gift of your honest self.”
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