Skip to comments.Newseum apologizes for selling ‘fake news’ T-shirts
Posted on 08/04/2018 11:43:23 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
The directors of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., have apologized and taken down shirts bearing the slogan "You Are Very Fake News" after facing widespread public backlash for the merchandise on Friday.
A Saturday statement on the Newseum's website noted that the shirt would be removed from the museum's gift shop and online store, and apologized for selling the shirt, which bears President Trump's popular derision aimed at members of the news media.
"The Newseum has removed the 'You Are Very Fake News' T-shirts from the gift shop and online. We made a mistake and we apologize," the statement reads. "A free press is an essential part of our democracy and journalists are not the enemy of the people," it continued, referencing another insult the president has lobbed at the press in order to discredit their reporting.
The Newseum, which also stocks Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hats, defended its decision to carry the hats and other political merchandise.
"As an organization that celebrates the rights of people from all political spectrums to express themselves freely, weve historically made all types of political merchandise available for our guests to purchase," the statement read.
"That has included former and current presidential slogans and imagery and merchandise from all political parties. We continue to do so in celebration of freedom of speech."
A Newseum spokesperson initially defended the decision to sell the shirts under the premise of celebrating different viewpoints, even ones the press finds offensive.
"As a nonpartisan organization people with differing viewpoints feel comfortable visiting the Newseum, and one of our greatest strengths is that were champions not only of a free press, but also of free speech, the Newseum told The Hill on Friday.
The president often attacks the media as fake news in tweets and during campaign rallies, inciting his supporters to follow suit. The frequent insults have resulted in reporters being booed and jeered at campaign rallies, particularly, of late, CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
> “The Newseum has removed the ‘You Are Very Fake News’ T-shirts from the gift shop and online. We made a mistake and we apologize” <
Your mistake was in removing the T-shirts and then apologizing. When oh when is somebody going to say: “Well, if you don’t like it, just don’t buy it. Go look at something else.”
“late, CNN reporter Jim Acosta.”
Don’t I wish.
I was going to buy one this week.
Apologies, apologies...but not by “them.”
LOL!! Apologies!! LOL!!! FAKE NEWS is the ONLY NEWS today on the alphabet stations!
The FOURTH ESTATE is The FIFTH COLUMN in this country!
I mean, one would expect news history, warts and all. I would expect an exhibit showing jingoistic "yellow journalism ".
Fake news is a part of News History. I guessed "Newseum" has sold whatever soul they might have ever had.
And a goodly portion of it has been since at least the '30s.
These days, if there's still 5% of 'em with any integrity it'd surprise hell outta me.
Leftists have no sense of humor.
Hey, at least they tried, and at least they still feature a Republican slogan for sale.
Of course, Im not quite sure why they have anything of current political sloganing, or FTM old political stuff. Its supposed to be about journalism, not political campaigns.
When they say “FREE” Press, they have no idea what FREE means.
LOL! Talk about FAKE NEWS!
"Widespread public backlash" = a couple of basement dwellers on Twitter.
They could have just been honest and said "after receiving some complaints". Miraculously this truth morphed into "widespread public backlash".
99.99% of the USA never even heard of the "Newseum" let alone "widespread" backlash.
“and one of our greatest strengths is that were champions not only of a free press, but also of free speech,
And to prove that point, we will ban free speech!
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
"Widespread public backlash" = one email complaint from CA, one from NY and one from FL.
Alternative fact was Kelly Ann Conway’s turn of phrase, yes?
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