THE NEWSEUM: EDWARD R. MURROW SLEPT HERE

A NEW MUSEUM DEDICATED TO JOURNALISM IS NOTHING BUT A CRY FOR HELP

The Newseum--an interactive museum dedicated to the history of journalism and (evidently) the propagation of stupid puns--just opened in Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from Washington. There was a lot of fanfare, as there always is when journalists gather to celebrate themselves. The Freedom Forum sank $50 million into the Newseum, and it shows. You can't turn around without bumping into some shiny chunk of high-tech hardware: touch-screen computers, Cinerama-style theaters and a video wall so large--126 ft. long, 10 1/2 ft. high--that it could theoretically accommodate 300 couch potatoes at the same time. Reporters love the Newseum, of course, but...

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