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(CBS Baltimore)   The people operating the Newseum in Washington, D.C. are having funding problems. If only they had some way to alert the media about this   (baltimore.cbslocal.com) divider line 51
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2013-07-08 02:08:47 PM  
That's a shame. I farking LOVE that place. It's so expensive though.
 
2013-07-08 02:29:07 PM  
Was operating perfectly well in Arlington, Va., where Neuharth set it up. But the foundation decided it was better to spend $450 million for a palace in the district. Dumb shiats.
 
2013-07-08 02:37:16 PM  
$20 a head to get in and see 3 floors of Kennedy and 2 floors of Obama.

I can't see what the problem is.
 
2013-07-08 02:41:26 PM  

The Muthaship: $20 a head to get in and see 3 floors of Kennedy and 2 floors of Obama.

I can't see what the problem is.


Um. I think you missed some stuff. My mother and I did both of our two day tickets and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just the bloopers in the bathrooms took like half of the first day. And the exhibit honoring murdered journalists was so moving I actually wept.
 
2013-07-08 02:51:16 PM  
maybe they should offer TOTALNEWSEUM for $5 month.
 
2013-07-08 03:06:13 PM  

ginandbacon: Um. I think you missed some stuff


There was a lot of cool stuff.  But it came off pretty ham-handedly partisan.
 
2013-07-08 03:33:50 PM  

The Muthaship: ginandbacon: Um. I think you missed some stuff

There was a lot of cool stuff.  But it came off pretty ham-handedly partisan.


Really? I mean the Obama stuff is there because he's in office. We sort of skipped the Kennedy stuff because Mam lived it and I went to the Museum in Dallas so I felt like I didn't need more of it. But I loved seeing Russert's office and all of the history was amazing. And I really loved the kids getting to play at being anchors. I loved the whole kids' section actually. I also loved the sports section and seeing all of the strange things like  Kaczynski's cabin and the DC snipers' car. And the cut out of Capone. Who knew he was so short!!!????

Maybe you can go back some time and really enjoy it.

CSS: the guy working the information booth was hilarious and regaled us with stories. His favorite was the day that Frank Gehry came to see it. He was quite well lubricated and when he got out of the cab, he realized he didn't have any money so the staff had to pay his fare.
 
2013-07-08 03:35:50 PM  

ginandbacon: But I loved seeing Russert's office and all of the history was amazing. And I really loved the kids getting to play at being anchors. I loved the whole kids' section actually. I also loved the sports section and seeing all of the strange things like  Kaczynski's cabin and the DC snipers' car. And the cut out of Capone. Who knew he was so short!!!????


I loved every one of those things, too.  My kids loved them as well.
 
2013-07-08 03:47:34 PM  

The Muthaship: ginandbacon: But I loved seeing Russert's office and all of the history was amazing. And I really loved the kids getting to play at being anchors. I loved the whole kids' section actually. I also loved the sports section and seeing all of the strange things like  Kaczynski's cabin and the DC snipers' car. And the cut out of Capone. Who knew he was so short!!!????

I loved every one of those things, too.  My kids loved them as well.


Oh they must have had so much fun! I thought the museum was really well planned for families.
 
2013-07-08 03:49:18 PM  
I might see it someday...if they move to a better town.
I refuse to give D.C any more than they already steal from me.
 
2013-07-08 05:24:32 PM  
This is no surprise.
 
2013-07-08 05:25:55 PM  

ginandbacon: The Muthaship: ginandbacon: Um. I think you missed some stuff

There was a lot of cool stuff.  But it came off pretty ham-handedly partisan.

Really? I mean the Obama stuff is there because he's in office. We sort of skipped the Kennedy stuff because Mam lived it and I went to the Museum in Dallas so I felt like I didn't need more of it. But I loved seeing Russert's office and all of the history was amazing. And I really loved the kids getting to play at being anchors. I loved the whole kids' section actually. I also loved the sports section and seeing all of the strange things like  Kaczynski's cabin and the DC snipers' car. And the cut out of Capone. Who knew he was so short!!!????

Maybe you can go back some time and really enjoy it.

CSS: the guy working the information booth was hilarious and regaled us with stories. His favorite was the day that Frank Gehry came to see it. He was quite well lubricated and when he got out of the cab, he realized he didn't have any money so the staff had to pay his fare.


The problem is that it operated perfectly fine in Rosslyn.  They spent a fortune moving it downtown and while visitors are up, they aren't up that much.

Also, it was free admission in Rosslyn because they didn't spend $450 million on a building dedicated to the history of journalism.  I'm not sure what they thought their long term plan was spending that much money on a building since they had only operated on endowment funds with the old one.  The new building necessitated theme park pricing just to get in.
 
2013-07-08 05:26:46 PM  

Speaker2Animals: Was operating perfectly well in Arlington, Va., where Neuharth set it up. But the foundation decided it was better to spend $450 million for a palace in the district. Dumb shiats.


THIS

The old location was off the beaten path instead of located in the Most Prestigious Real Estate in DC, but admission was very inexpensive, if not free.
 
2013-07-08 05:34:13 PM  
Though I've not visited, the place sounds cool and worth twenty bucks.  We'll give it a try next time we're there.
 
2013-07-08 05:34:30 PM  
Why pay one penny to go in there when all the Smithsonian museums are free? $22 per ticket? Fark you.
 
2013-07-08 05:37:19 PM  

Walker: Why pay one penny to go in there when all the Smithsonian museums are free? $22 per ticket? Fark you.


Because it's not the same content in the Smithsonian museums? They frequently have Groupon-type deals on admission, or Free Teacher Day, and the like. Yeah, it's expensive to take a family of five there. I get it. But it's not a bad way for a couple to spend the afternoon. You can really spend 5-6 hours wandering around in there if you're actually reading the exhibits and have an interest.
 
2013-07-08 05:39:29 PM  

ginandbacon: The Muthaship: $20 a head to get in and see 3 floors of Kennedy and 2 floors of Obama.

I can't see what the problem is.

Um. I think you missed some stuff. My mother and I did both of our two day tickets and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just the bloopers in the bathrooms took like half of the first day. And the exhibit honoring murdered journalists was so moving I actually wept.


Good choice on 2 day tickets. Wish I'd done that. There is just so much to see. Can't be done in 1. I really enjoyed what I saw though.
 
2013-07-08 05:40:30 PM  

SlothB77: This is no surprise.


and neither was your post.
 
2013-07-08 05:48:01 PM  
Personally, I liked all the newspapers outside showing what different parts of the world and various states are focused on. It can be kind of funny some days.
 
2013-07-08 05:48:44 PM  
I'd love to see this as well as the spy museum, but the problem is that there's more free stuff to do in DC than you'll ever be able to see, how can I justify paying to see an attraction there?
 
2013-07-08 05:51:34 PM  
I'd like to go but I think my whore of an ex works there. And I want to go the rest of my life without seeing her if I can. IIRC not to long ago they laid off like 70% of the staff there anyways.
 
2013-07-08 05:52:57 PM  

BlousyBrown: Good choice on 2 day tickets. Wish I'd done that. There is just so much to see. Can't be done in 1. I really enjoyed what I saw though.


I'm pretty sure all the tickets are good for two days. I've been there once, and I did enjoy it despite its price. I think they'd do much better business if they gave discounts to DC residents. I live here and there is no way I will ever pay $20 again to go in there. At least it's not the aquarium in Baltimore, which I just found out is charging $35 per adult visitor.
 
2013-07-08 05:57:08 PM  
Out of control CEO pay strikes again.  $1.6 M?  How many of his buddies are on the Foundation board?  Are they paying themselves as well?
 
2013-07-08 06:15:48 PM  
With all of the free museums in DC why in the world would you pay Disneyland prices to see the news media pat itself on the back? I'm sure it has some nice exhibits but I'm sure you won't see Paparazzi celebrated nor will you see those lovely moments when a reporter asks the victims of a horrific crime or natural disaster the immortal question "How do you feel?" I guarantee you that media dumbasses, which are legion, are IGNORED.

While any one can quote Thomas Jefferson do they also cover how slanderous the press was to him when he was running against John Adams? If I am going to spend my money for a museum about the news industry i want a warts and all approach which this place sure as hell DOES NOT give!
 
2013-07-08 06:37:50 PM  
The Newseum's website has the day's front pages from all over the place. I'd be willing to pay to view it, but the last time I stuck 75 cents in the slot on the side of my computer, the damn thing broke.
 
2013-07-08 06:53:59 PM  
How about D-cup-wearing Latinas (wo)manning the entrance desk?  Works for the weather report.
 
2013-07-08 07:05:40 PM  
Maybe they could have an interactive ride in Don Bolles' car.

www.azcentral.com

Friends of Senator Barry Goldwater did this to that poor reporter. He lived for days afterwards.

Sticks of dynamite shot flooring and seat through his crotch and up into his torso.

Thanks, Barry.
 
2013-07-08 07:25:24 PM  

spman: I'd love to see this as well as the spy museum, but the problem is that there's more free stuff to do in DC than you'll ever be able to see, how can I justify paying to see an attraction there?


I've been to the spy museum for free and I wouldn't pay a dime to go in if I were you. It's not that great. Some things are kinda cool, but overall it's not worth it.
 
2013-07-08 07:34:25 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Maybe they could have an interactive ride in Don Bolles' car.

[www.azcentral.com image 258x388]

Friends of Senator Barry Goldwater did this to that poor reporter. He lived for days afterwards.

Sticks of dynamite shot flooring and seat through his crotch and up into his torso.

Thanks, Barry.


Feel free to provide citations.
 
2013-07-08 07:37:26 PM  
Might I suggest adding a Creationist wing? That guy's getting $$$$ from Creatards, might just boost your bottom line.
 
2013-07-08 07:37:59 PM  

jigger: spman: I'd love to see this as well as the spy museum, but the problem is that there's more free stuff to do in DC than you'll ever be able to see, how can I justify paying to see an attraction there?

I've been to the spy museum for free and I wouldn't pay a dime to go in if I were you. It's not that great. Some things are kinda cool, but overall it's not worth it.


If you've got time to drive out of town, there's the National Cryptologic Museum in Maryland.  Real Enigma machines, docents who did signals-intelligence back in the day, etc.
 
2013-07-08 08:18:52 PM  
I love the Newseum. I still remember seeing the melted camera of a journalist covering 9/11.

The Newseum for the most part represents what good journalism should be.
 
2013-07-08 08:23:17 PM  

BlousyBrown: Good choice on 2 day tickets. Wish I'd done that. There is just so much to see. Can't be done in 1.


All tickets are valid for 2 days. Might be different on a free ticket but all the paid tickets are definitely good for two days.

jigger: I've been to the spy museum for free and I wouldn't pay a dime to go in if I were you. It's not that great. Some things are kinda cool, but overall it's not worth it.


Yeah, I'd agree. Maybe consider it if you find a good deal, but this museum just isn't that great. Same goes for the Crime museum nearby. They're not horrible, but not worth it if you're on a short vacation.

Delawheredad: With all of the free museums in DC why in the world would you pay Disneyland prices to see the news media pat itself on the back?


Been to Disneyland lately? A 1-day Park Hopper ticket is $137. The Newseum is $22 and all summer you can get four kids in for free with one paid adult ticket. It's less than you'll pay for two movie tickets, or a single baseball ticket, but far more educational.
 
2013-07-08 08:31:10 PM  
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2013-07-08 08:36:50 PM  
I would like to see that museum. If they have a section just for murdered journalists it must be pretty full considering the accelerated pace at which they've been killed.
 
2013-07-08 08:55:13 PM  
I enjoyed it and didn't consider the admission to be terribly expensive.

As a good right wing zealot, I enjoyed seeing Rush Limbaugh's gold plated microphone.
 
2013-07-08 09:00:19 PM  
Dukebkue219

Let's see, I can go for free to places like all the Smitsonian museums or the National Portrait gallery and spend weeks in each one and STILL not see everything and I will  see the best and worst of American history or I could spend the equivalent of a half a tank of gas to enter a museum dedicated to showing only ONE side of  journalism. I know going it that it will not cover  in depth the dark side of journalism. Not present will be check book journalism. Not present will be "The fake but accurate" Bush memos. Not present will be a celebration of paparazzi  whom the media condemn yet they trip all over themselves to publish the pictures they produce. I have a feeling it will ignore guys like Larry Flint who did as much for the first amendment, arguably, as  Woodward and Bernstein. Hell his using  a submarine and frog men to get pictures of Jackie O sunbathing nude is the kind of daring journalism almost no one engages in these days. Will it have an exhibit  celebrating "great moments in journalism" like  Klan newspapers or the daring of the publishers of the "the Palmetto Flag" a newspaper published in Philadelphia in the middle of the Civil War which argued for the SOUTHERN cause? (It lasted six issues before an enraged mob marched on the publisher's office and destroyed the printing press.)
OF COURSE NOT. The place is designed to try and raise public respect for journalists and the "right" kind of journalism.

  The fact that the place is so one sided makes it little better than the Creation Museum. It is OVERPRICED AT ANY PRICE!
 
2013-07-08 09:11:22 PM  
A monument to journalism is struggling financially with uncertain prospects for the future? Sounds fitting.
 
2013-07-08 09:24:39 PM  
Their website sucks as well. All those corporate tie in are so charming. With Comcast as a sponsor don't expect the Newseum to argue for net neutrality!
It is a pat on the back to an economic model that no longer exists. It is sugar coating journalism NOT presenting it objectively. Are they in flavour of ALL journalists and ALL journalism or only the kind they like. No exhibit on the importance of pornographers to the current existence of a free press. NO coverage of guys like Jason Blair or Janet Cook? Since it will NOT present the seamier side of journalism along with their Mary Poppins version it is failing in its mission. THEREFORE IT DESERVES TO DIE!
 
2013-07-08 09:26:05 PM  

Delawheredad: The fact that the place is so one sided makes it little better than the Creation Museum. It is OVERPRICED AT ANY PRICE!


Ok, we get it. You have a bone to pick with journalism. It's not like it's the News Media Hall of Fame glorifying journalists. Most of the exhibits just cover important events in history that were captured by journalists, as well as the technology they use. You could spend an hour just looking at the Pulitzer prize winning pictures. But whatever, sounds like it's not the place for you. And you're absolutely correct that you could spend weeks at the free museums at not get through them all, which you should totally feel free to do.

But many other people feel that $22 is not an entirely unreasonable price for an entertaining and informative afternoon, whether it's at a movie, a ballgame, a concert, or a museum.  Who are you to judge that the whole place is a ripoff?
 
2013-07-08 09:27:10 PM  
In addition to his regular pay, the director/CEO got $1.4 million in deferred compensation for retirement. Meanwhile they had layoffs and cut retirement benefits for the employees.
 
2013-07-08 09:39:39 PM  
I heard the Newseum nominated two Palestinian journalists for an award, then later rescinded it and deleted their names from all award publications after being pressured by Israeli lobbyist groups.

I saw fark 'em.
 
2013-07-08 09:47:06 PM  
dukeblue219

 Actually I have nothing against honest journalists and honest journalism but if you are going to erect a museum to journalism it should actually cover objectively its topic. The Newsmuseum is NOT objective because of what it omits. Look if I pay 22 bucks to see a baseball game I will at the very least see BOTH teams take the field. The game may turn out to be a crashing bore or a pitchers duel. I have no way of knowing but I figure it is worth the risk. In DC nearly all of the other museums strive for objectivity. Hell even the national portrait galley has rejected presidential portraits displayed very close to the official versions.  The Newseum is NOT that kind of museum. I'm sure it has some wonderful exhibits but I am also sure that it celebrates only one kind of journalism. It wants to show the profession in as positive a light as possible. Melted 911 cameras murdered journalists ans so on.. but it deliberately hides the seamier side of the profession from public eyes. By that standard it qualifies as neither  a library NOR as a museum  in that sense it IS no better than the Creation Museum.
 
2013-07-08 09:54:45 PM  

Need_MindBleach: I heard the Newseum nominated two Palestinian journalists for an award, then later rescinded it and deleted their names from all award publications after being pressured by Israeli lobbyist groups.

I saw fark 'em.


*say, of course.
 
2013-07-08 10:23:57 PM  
Very unfortunate, I only had an hour or so to spend there (time to kill before a wedding, free ticket), but I absolutely loved it. The FBI and terrorism section was amazing. Very surreal to see items up close (unabomber cabin, Dillinger's murder clothes, etc) that most have only read about.

Admission is a little steep, but it's very much worth it if you have time to really look at all of the exhibits.
 
2013-07-09 12:46:55 AM  

dukeblue219: But many other people feel that $22 is not an entirely unreasonable price for an entertaining and informative afternoon, whether it's at a movie, a ballgame, a concert, or a museum. Who are you to judge that the whole place is a ripoff?


We in DC have a somewhat warped sense of what's a reasonable cost when it comes to museums. We have a wide selection of museums, many of which are the worlds best in their category, or close to it, with completely free admission.

Seriously, there was a big outcry when the Air and Space Annex out at Dulles opened- they charged $15 for parking. Admission still free, but $15? To see a space shuttle, Concorde, the original 707, SR-71, and other revolutionary aircraft worth billions of dollars? Goddamn it, it was an outrage! Even though it wasn't even the Smithsonian's call- Dulles required it so that people wouldn't park there while picking people up from the airport, or use the lot for commuting.

The Smithsonian is really a national treasure, but it does tend to warp ones sense of what a museum is worth.
 
2013-07-09 01:10:49 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Friends of Senator Barry Goldwater did this to that poor reporter.


Is that the new revisionist history?  Even the Newseum managed to get his antagonists correct.
 
2013-07-09 01:18:17 AM  

cptjeff: Seriously, there was a big outcry when the Air and Space Annex out at Dulles opened- they charged $15 for parking. Admission still free, but $15? To see a space shuttle, Concorde, the original 707, SR-71, and other revolutionary aircraft worth billions of dollars? Goddamn it, it was an outrage! Even though it wasn't even the Smithsonian's call- Dulles required it so that people wouldn't park there while picking people up from the airport, or use the lot for commuting.


Dulles didn't require it, Loudon did because they had shared space with Dulles airport.  It was an agreement with Loudon county.  Dulles airport can't require shiat, but the highly corrupt transportation board based in Loundon county can waste money like nobody's business, and they took the opportunity to rape a federal museum for parking fees like an axis soldier in nanking.
 
2013-07-09 01:37:13 AM  

Delawheredad: dukeblue219

 Actually I have nothing against honest journalists and honest journalism but if you are going to erect a museum to journalism it should actually cover objectively its topic. The Newsmuseum is NOT objective because of what it omits. Look if I pay 22 bucks to see a baseball game I will at the very least see BOTH teams take the field. The game may turn out to be a crashing bore or a pitchers duel. I have no way of knowing but I figure it is worth the risk. In DC nearly all of the other museums strive for objectivity. Hell even the national portrait galley has rejected presidential portraits displayed very close to the official versions.  The Newseum is NOT that kind of museum. I'm sure it has some wonderful exhibits but I am also sure that it celebrates only one kind of journalism. It wants to show the profession in as positive a light as possible. Melted 911 cameras murdered journalists ans so on.. but it deliberately hides the seamier side of the profession from public eyes. By that standard it qualifies as neither  a library NOR as a museum  in that sense it IS no better than the Creation Museum.


I am surprised to find myself agreeing with you, for I tend toward seeing the "ideal" and "progressive" in journalism. But you are correct, if seamier or lowbrow elements of American society have produced what they consider journalism, it should be displayed, in the context in which it occurred.
 
2013-07-09 10:39:24 AM  

Lsherm: TheShavingofOccam123: Friends of Senator Barry Goldwater did this to that poor reporter.

Is that the new revisionist history?  Even the Newseum managed to get his antagonists correct.


Nah.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1916&dat=19770103&id=s1cpAAAAI BA J&sjid=Em4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2972,136400

And you can ask the current Senator John McCain what he knows about Mafia ties to Goldwater and the murder of Don Bolles.

After all, John McCain married the daughter (and kept all his finances separate from hers, of course) of a Mafia-connected felon who illegally held a huge liquor distributorship. James Hensley did time for crimes tied to a greyhound track in New Mexico. Kemper Marley rewarded him for doing his time for him.

Additionally, Barry Goldwater phoned Neal Roberts, the lawyer that oversaw the plan to murder Bolles, six times the day Bolles was murdered.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1993-12-08/news/what-does-neal-robert s- know/

Emprise was Kemper Marley. The same Kemper Marley that John McCain's felon father in law worked for.

Two US senators. Not bad for a dead reporter.
 
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