Newseum Pulls “Fake News” Shirts After Backlash From Journalists
Museum dedicated to free press made money off industry insult.
It’s not “Fake News,” a museum dedicated to the free press actually sold shirts with that phrase for profit. And predictably journalists were outraged at the disconnect at a time when many feel the profession is under siege, particularly by supporters of President Trump
Jeff Jarvis, a professor at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, told NBC News that the shirts represented, “an outright attack on journalism.”.
But on Saturday, a day after news of the merchandise was broken by the industry advocacy group, Poynter, Newseum pulled the offending shirts from their online store.
“The Newseum has removed the ‘You Are Very Fake News’ t-shirts from the gift shop and online,” Newseum spokeswoman Sonya Gavankar said in a statement on Saturday. “We made a mistake and we apologize. A free press is an essential part of our democracy and journalists are not the enemy of the people.”
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