|Screenshot from video celebrating Overby's retirement.|
James Duff succeeded Charles "Peanut" Overby, 64, who retains the crucial chairmanship of the two trustee groups governing the foundation and its best-known project, the Newseum, a costly museum about news history in Washington.
That power shift last week was an occasion for the University of Mississippi's journalism school to organize a testimonial dinner that featured a breathtakingly hagiographic video, Charles Overby -- A Journey of Courage. (You've been warned.)
Where did Freedom Forum get that money in the first place?
That's also barely explained. In a roundabout way, it came from a $650 million fortune drained from dozens of GCI newspapers and TV stations over many decades. In a tragic irony, many are now so thinly staffed, they barely meet their First Amendment responsibilities. (The video dispatches all that in just seven seconds: "In 1989, Charles became president of the Gannett Foundation, which later became the Freedom Forum.")
But wait, there's more
And it's all right here.