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The Newseum was a grand tribute to the power of journalism. Here's how it failed.

The Newseum was a grand tribute to the power of journalism. Here's how it failed.

A bald eagle named Challenger shot into the sky on that day in April 2008 as the Newseum celebrated the unveiling of its sumptuous building with the soaring facade just steps from the U.S. Capitol. A Marine band played before an A-list audience that included the speaker of the House of Representatives, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and titans of the newspaper industry.

Al Neuharth, the brash USA Today founder whose grand vision was coming to fruition, enthused about "this glamorous glass house" that had sprouted on land bought at the highest price ever for a chunk of real estate in the city's history. The new museum's chief executive, Charles Overby, declared that...

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