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from j.f.k.'s assassination to nine eleven the famous the infamous the faster the navy will go inside his three events to change than shaped america through the autism blues i'll take you on the mic schools to tour inside the nation's newseum in washington d.c. all next on politics with larry. welcome to politicking with larry king one a special show we have you today we have a tour of the incredible newseum in washington d.c. kavita rose will be my partner on this tour she is the vice president of exhibits here at the newseum and you're going to see an incredible story the history of news
where we tell the story of five centuries of news history when foreign stories is that scandal stories of always been with a celebrity stories have been here since the beginning of reporting people think it's some new invention and one of the things that's really intriguing here is this suit that o.j. simpson more in court on the day he was acquitted in one thousand nine hundred five this of course was the story of the decade how did you get that suv we were able to work with i think one of the attorneys who had it and it's a gift from them and this was a custom tailored two thousand dollars suit that was chosen carefully by jury consultants on his side to make the best impression in court orders brought me to los angeles and i was in that office would do. gee you go right by invitation so we cover the bad in the good you do and that's important for folks to know here that there's extraordinary things that happen because of journalism and there's also a few mistakes that have been made along the way.
look at these kind of weird when you've interviewed people. since going back to one nine hundred fifty seven. so this is fifty six years so as i walk through this is the door of watergate right yes in the building it is hard to get this story is the only broken right yeah this is the door this is one of the most historic doors in journalism in political history this was the door that the burglars shot before the break in at the d.n.c. back in the seventy's that lead ultimately to the downfall of president nixon this is part of the great history of the washington post and the story that they won the pulitzer prize for and we got it because after the investigation was over the janitor of watergate took it home and put it in his basement and so we were able to work with him to acquire this for the museum and this picture i know everyone in this picture that's katharine graham spent many hours at her house. is woodward and
bernstein howard simons who is ben bradley chief assistant bradley at the washington post you know that was the dream team they were the key players in that incredible story that really changed history story of watergate it's all here and mark records the presses as watchdogs on all of us. i got my job through the washington post gerald ford has succeeded make some. credible plays folks you're listening to the larry king show live from the nation's capital to give my existence refused. one of the things i do to fix the wrong thing to ensure my guest is frank zappa this thursday frank will testify with others it to what is a sold out hearing in t.v. he's going to telecast it live while folks on the museum. you bet among the most notable journalists in the newseum is a broadcast legend named larry king and you can see here. we give some information
about your really. incredible career let's just see that have been filled with a year that is built on that's true what is this whole section this is the history of news through three hundred fifty newspapers and magazines people going from here and push back to find people yes you can find other journalists but you can also find front pages of history you can call them up there's somebody you might have interviewed and you can see the actual front pages they appeared on the day and we've got a collection of more than thirty thousand of these names. and this is a history the right is a history since the invention of the printing press forward so to to modern day so it's really an incredible trip through time through the exhibits come and go because this is a problem this is a burden exhibit you know and a very important one because it really establishes the flow of history of journalism why journalism is important but also questions people have about it like is there bias do journalists make mistakes so they actually you know we meet those
questions head on on urge you you come to washington bring the children come to. it it's a incredible place. next we go. to a shake. i want ninety three straight days after nine eleven you know forget the sorry to tell me about this incredible exhibit well this exhibit really tells the story of the reporters who were first responders who you like firemen and cops ran toward danger when others were running away that day that's why. i reporters do that's what you do and this is the story as told through hundreds of newspapers
around the gallery the story that they told on nine twelve and through artifacts like this which is the top part of the broadcast ten ten that stood on the top of the world trade center and which toppled when the towers fell there were broadcast engineers working in this area and they of course perished with thousands of others on that day but it really is i think the most dramatic piece that we have in the newseum it's it just tells the story right there it's sort of angled you sort of feel like it's falling with the towers and it was the tower that was responsible for all the communication in new york and so everything went down at that point and logistically it was a it was a really hard story to cover. and all of newspaper headlines yeah so we've got nearly two hundred newspapers up here that were printed on nine twelve there were nearly two hundred extra editions printed that day that was still in the era when we printed extras when we were in on the internet twenty four seven and the hunger for news was so large the new york times sold four hundred thousand extra copies
the next day of its paper alone and i think that tells a really in maysan global story. bastards so well yeah that was a famous headline in the san francisco examiner we also have over here the objects that were found with the only journalist who died on nine eleven a photojournalist named bill bigger it ran toward danger that morning when he saw the smoke plummeting from downtown they found his body four days later under one of the towers where he had died i think when you see these things that were left behind his cameras his badly burned cameras and cases his cell phone his reporter's notebook his reporter's i.d. cards they really tell the story of somebody who risked his life and paid the price for this story or you know reporters have a role to play in coverage like this of communicating to frighten and terrified nation as you know from the your reporting that day how chaotic it was and how hard
it was to report. any any person who comes to washington must come here. you know i think it's a really you know we tell the biggest stories of our lives here at the newseum as reported by the journalists who are on the front lines of history. tearing down. this is rather. this is the berlin wall. it is the side that faced freedom these are real pieces of the berlin wall and behind it guard tower that stood there checkpoint charlie the guards had to pull themselves up by ladders they didn't have it to for security reasons so there is a system of ladders that they would use to get up to the top so this whole thing was filled with. trenches and razor wire and you know this wall was the only wall
ever built to keep people in not to keep people out and this is right on the side of the because it faced the west but if you see the other side completely blank because it faced depression and the story of this gallery is that news still was able to to get through the wall and help topple tyranny we've got it right over here gorbachev's pen that he used to scientists signal the end of the soviet era. so there are fifteen permanent exhibits area and then there's three visiting the site temporary exhibits were always changing up exhibits and adding new things to the mix this whole building is so incredible we're. touching history careful one can know this is the. next we go to the civil rights exhibit the chase house do leaders made their voices heard. kept the world and we're in our new permanent exhibit on the civil rights
movement it's called make some noise it's about students in the civil rights movement and it's kind of a little known story a lot of kids don't remember it today but back in the sixty's this country much of the country was still segregated in the south lots allows kept african-americans from voting black people couldn't sit next to white people on interstate buses even lunch counters like this famous ones from greensboro north carolina were reserved for white people only and so in the sixty's a new generation rose up in protest and they staged direct action protests like sit ins at this lunch counter which create grew into a huge student movement and really helped change the face of segregation. yeah philo but i interviewed stokely carmichael a young marion barry and louis new orleans people yeah these are the student leaders from the time they were part of a group called the student nonviolent coordinating committee and they've gone on to have amazing careers and public service john lewis of course the u.s.
congressman absolute courageous and brave robert moses julian bond all of them many of them still very active. well put together as was it done and didn't all just all but one sweep the whole place we opened on in april of two thousand and eight and one sweep but then we've continued to add new. exhibits every year so you're looking for new things on which we are and we might want to ask you for a few new things. you think you want our right you even have the internet right she featured somewhere along the way do we're across from our new media gallery which really tells the story of these incredible changes that are occurring in this revolution that's going on in the news business right now and you have tapes running to run yeah we have a wonderful department that does their own in-house video and this is a video about that era in the civil rights movement.
commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate the truth. that was funny but it's closer to the truth than the might think. it's because when full attention and the mainstream media works side by side the joke is actually on the new. people coming back. at our teen years we have a different approach to the good because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not. ok i've. got to stick to the jokes will handle the things that i've got to.
the breaking news. alexander's family cry tears of joy and great things out there that have the added regard in a court of law found alive is a story made for a movie is playing out in real life. first up this here in all ends is a genius this famous religion boiled the pigs this side of the battle of the woods jima and we were raise that famous flag and those four soldiers all of the latest crew of the united states raising money for the war and there's the prospect gosh i
still live in that building when i was seven. different days for our one of the most famous corners that washington funder of wisconsin and then in the historic georgetown georgetown university is two blocks down president john kennedy live three blocks up the road this is the famous shopping going to a lot of restaurants lot of bars and on our we. move on the street see all young people in washington dressed in the weirdest costumes congregating here. now i believe the stars yet now memorial and the brilliancy. is that all the names of those who died are are on this wall and when you walk by you see yourself in the wall as if to say who are we to blame you can read anything you want into this i always read it as kind of a blame many people readers kind of attribute and i have
a special memory of this because when they broke ground for this they do a special on p.b.s. and i host their best special and i remember when they put the put the action to the ground and shovels one of the ground to build a small moro i had no idea it would come out looking like this on the side of the road this is. a very hard sell. very warm very human very sad very important money vietnam memorial. many palms in america i dined at the common l.a. the palms and often met for a while in miami but this is off the promenade watching ready at least the. inside on exactly my way to the end or a. kid from brooklyn. i haven't changed in thirty five years ago that i couldn't
sing. out of the car don't get me off i've got a nice bradys in new york and it was very morning prepared you know nine hundred eighty nine o'clock to come in your phone and get a good picture of every president's pictures and there was still the an. amazing thing there forty years of my fortieth anniversary. in my book is going to be nobody knows it travels i. think. fifty years this is james gazes. so this is the. day. this goes without saying. well we're in the fiftieth anniversary year of president kennedy's death one of the most tumultuous things that ever happened to america and we wanted to mark that here in the newseum this year and these artifacts are part
of our exhibit called three shots were fired which of course was the first part of the u.p.i. bulletin the moved on his death these artifacts include suspected assassin lee harvey oswald shirt jacket and wallet they're all being publicly displayed here for the very first time they're alone from the national archives and they really tell an extraordinary story of his apprehension in the texas theater. poorest of them feeling old and then his wallet is extraordinary i think because think about your own wallet and what it tells about you well this tells a big story about lee harvey oswald as well and this is old ball can be when you this is above but yeah this is how reporters covered those four days that really shook the world from the assassination as you remember the capture of oz well the shooting of officer tippit the capture of oz well and then the first live broadcast murder on national television when ruby shot oswald that sunday so this is all
through the lens of the reporters who covered it it's really extraordinary to spend one of the most popular exhibits this year and here the famous roberta story right this is abraham zapruder film the assassination of president kennedy with this home movie camera this that's the camera that is the camera that he used to film was probably the most famous twenty six seconds of film in the history of our country he was the only witness to capture the entire sasa nation on film including the moment that the fatal bullet struck. incredible you have all those and i saw first thing i saw all my life want to be in a movie to. lose machine yeah to use the bells used to ring the ticker teletype machines like this one spread the news of kennedy's assassination in the way they did it was like you said a bell inside the machine alerted newsrooms that there was a big story so a news bulletin from u.p.i. would ring five bells but a flash which was the highest and most compelling story was ten bells and that's
what it rang that day and we had a copy of the u.p.i. flash right in that teletype machine that reports his death but also when you look at this case look at the way reporters reported back in the day it was bulky it was cumbersome you carried your typewriter with each carry microphones and big tape recorders big cameras were a moment of photographers of course had film that they had to expose and then they had runners along the route that they the reporters know reporters no pads i think those are still in use that. don't them around and they'll still have to be human people doing this robots cannot use those. yet you have to. do it inside look at least humorous insults was up next. we're with kathy trosa of the fabulous newseum in washington i remember when this was just a dream about a new hoss which started in rosslyn. you are the vice president of exhibits here
were you in broadcasting or not i was in print i was in stand gretsch the wall street journal and a couple other papers and your job here is i over see a great team that puts these exhibits together and tell me where we are now we're in the gallery that's devoted to the memory of tim russert who was really one of the most respected journalists of our time he changed the face of sunday morning public affairs programming longest running moderator of meet the press of a. analyst at the absolute top of his game when he died so in such an untimely way and old a new friend we did major programs when we first met him at the governor's mansion in albany when he was an assistant to mario cuomo that's right and watched him come to washington worked at n.b.c. the head of the bureau here yes and tell me about this well we recreated the office in just exactly the way he left it that day and i think it's a marvelous look at a journalist who's really a working newsman so you can see this was the middle of primary season he was
preparing some. binders there on the upcoming primaries you can see some of the things that really inspired him around the sophos not just the work that he did which are so important but his family pictures of luke and maureen behind us his faith the big catholic so that you actually move the desk in here yes this is all the real material is that is it was the things on the desk this is a real exact replica of the way he worked on a great idea and the things on the wall here yeah well this is a i cannae white board that he used during the two thousand election to predict accurately that the key state was going to be florida to turn things around in that election you can see florida florida florida and you know the point about him was that he was low tech he didn't need all the fancy high tech stuff he threw that whiteboard up there and he made a big impact that night these are memorials that people left for him in white board fashion at n.b.c. after he died he was
a regular guy and honestly i think it was the connection he was blue collar he constantly talked about his dad who'd been a sanitation worker and he really made a connection with the viewer especially the great exhibit here at this fabulous place thank you for it keeps changing and the word amazing progress they made here and then where started well we're i mean we're two hundred fifty thousand square feet we're fifteen permanent exhibits fifteen theaters two state of the art t.v. studios anything you want we have on we go. this is our look back at the top news stories of the f.b.i.'s first century worked really closely with the f.b.i. on this which was a real treat and we tell the good stuff in the bad stuff you know we talk about cointelpro we talk about who are they also tell about some of the great times when
the media and the law enforcement work together well we're in our f.b.i. exhibit and behind you is the actual cabin that ted kaczynski otherwise known as the unabomber lived in montana in the rural wilds of montana for nearly twenty years this was the cabin where he made his deadly bombs he injured many people he killed three he was sort of a mad genius and the f.b.i. pursued him for nineteen years before they finally caught him and when they raided the cabin they found a live bomb ready to go in the cabin and the story we like to tell there oh is that there was cooperation between law enforcement and reporters because. yes the post in the times to print his thirty five thousand word manifesto and he'd stop bombing and they did and it led to his arrest credible story those are engines from there and from one of the flights that hit the trade towers in new york that is part of
the nine eleven investigation those are the shoe bomber shoes over there it's really really tough stuff. thank you for joining me on this inside look at history at the newseum in washington i hope everyone has a chance to visit here for my viewers out there i want to hear from you so there's a conversation on my facebook page and share your thoughts on twitter by t v had kings the eggs and using the politicking hash tag that's all for this week's politicking.
what's up people i'm not even in this is breaking the set while veterans day came and went last week day full of empty gestures and baseless rhetoric of course the main unaddressed concern during all the pageantry was the dire state of american veterans today and see just days after the holiday a shocking new report revealed that almost one million servicemen and women have been injured in iraq and afghanistan that's right one million women soldiers have visited v.a. hospitals and the start of these wars compare that to the vietnam war despite the draft the number of wounded warriors totaled just over three hundred thousand and one million might sound extreme what's more disturbing is that it may even be more busy as of march the department of veterans affairs actually stopped publishing.