Newseum to Open in New Home Friday
By Brett Zongker, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)—A mangled and twisted metal tower that once broadcast radio and television signals to New York City from the top of the World Trade Center has a new home at the Newseum, Washington's monument to press freedom and other protections of the First Amendment.
The tower is just one striking artifact inside the high-tech journalism museum, which also includes large sections of the Berlin Wall, archival video and newspapers dating back nearly 500 years, and thousands of other objects to wow news junkies.
The Newseum opens Friday in a $450 million ultramodern glass building on Pennsylvania Avenue—prominently seated on the last available site between the Capitol and the White House. The opening caps seven years of planning and construction after the original and much smaller Newseum closed in Arlington, Va., in 2002....
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Featured Comment by Charlie H: "A great friend of mine produced the Pulitzer series. He's the one asking the questions that you don't hear. It was a Herculean effort tracking down all the photographers and getting them to sit down for an interview, and it took several years to complete. In fact, one of the interviews was shot at my house. I was responsible for supplying lunch, shrimp poboys. I haven't been yet, but I will be going up soon to see it. I do not believe that any public funds were used to build the Newseum, so I don't know what anyone's gripe is. The tradition of a strong and independent press is one of this country's greatest assets and that we are recognizing it is a good thing in my book. I wonder what year China's newseum will open?"