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March 30, 2008



Actually, the WashPost did finally kick in -- it's paying for a "scholarship" fund that will finance visits by schools that can't afford the $20-a-head fee.

Incidentally, the cost doesn't end with the $20 admission fee. Some of the exhibits inside are also charging hefty fees.


That the Newseum (a truly stupid name, by the way, reminds one of nauseum), has the effrontery to charge an admission fee of 20 bucks smacks of the storied arrogance of the news business. My goodness, they say, we're so important we deign to give you the opportunity to pay for the privilege of entering our hallowed halls and nevermind that our infrastucture is crumbling as we speak.


Freedom Forum is no longer a Gannett affiliate. Formerly the Gannett Foundation, it was whisked away from Gannett by Al Neuharth upon his retirement. This is what it says in it's "Who we are" web page.
When the Freedom Forum announcd the purchase of the land for Newseum, the price raised more than a few eyebrows. But this was pure Neuharth. Al never let a few hundred million get in the way of his oppulent lifestyle and image.
There is a new Gannett Foundation started by the company when John Curley was running the show.


Maybe they could just offer an invasive user survey with 20 questions (that I can lie about) which in the end don't target better than anonymous ad network cookies?

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