You may be wondering what the Newseum is; besides a really stupid portmanteau with a suspicious resemblance to Nauseam. The Newseum is three things. It’s big. It’s ugly. And it’s in D.C.
With The New York Times–Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News, the Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery and the NBC News Interactive Newsroom… the Newseum exists to honor itself. It’s an example of the corporate media doing its own hagiography. It’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the teleprompter crowd.
Despite costing nearly half-a-billion dollars, most people, who weren’t stuck in D.C. for four hours with no air conditioning and nothing to do, were not aware of the Newseum’s existence. But now they just might be as the Newseum decided to honor two Hamas terrorists alongside Daniel Pearl.
The Newseum, a journalism museum located in Washington, D.C., defended on Friday its controversial inclusion of two purported journalists widely considered to be terrorists in a memorial for slain reporters.
The Newseum attracted criticism from pro-Israel advocates Thursday for announcing it would honor two members of Hamas as part of its Journalists Memorial. The memorial recognizes journalists killed in the line of duty such as Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and killed by al Qeada terrorists.
“Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were cameramen in a car clearly marked ‘TV,’” Newseum spokesman Scott Williams told the Free Beacon via email. “The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers all consider these men journalists killed in the line duty.”
Middle East experts disagree with this assessment, however.
A top website operated by Hamas identifies both purported journalists as a “martyr” and “jihadi fighter,” according to Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Salama is identified in one post on the Hamas forum as ”mujahid” or martyr, as well as a “jihadi fighter,” according to Schanzer.
Al-Kumi is identified in another posting in the forum as a “martyr.” Pictures of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh meeting with al-Kumi’s family are also posted in the forum.
The U.S. Treasury Department designated Al-Aqsa Television, the organization that the two militants worked for, as a terror organization in 2010.
Additionally, Palestinian media reported that Salama and Al-Kumi were members of Hamas.
One of the founding partners of the giant ugly 450 million dollar corporate media boondogle known as the Newseum was Robert H Smith. Smith donated quite a bit in the way of facilities to Israel. Unfortunately he also wasted money on the Ad Newseum.