The Newseum
The Newseum

Newseum apologises for selling 'Fake News' t-shirts

ANI | Updated: Aug 05, 2018 02:20 IST

Washington, DC [United States], August 5 (ANI): The Newseum, an unusual museum which aims to increase the visitors' understanding of the significance of a free press and United States First Amendment, has removed the shirts with 'Fake News' phrase on it from its gift shop.
After facing sharp criticism for putting the shirts up for sale, the museum also issued an apology saying, it was a "mistake", reported the CNN.
"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," the statement read.
On Friday, the Newseum's online portal displayed long-sleeved shirts having President Trump's much-loved description about the media, that is, "You Are Very Fake News" for 24.99 dollars. The organisation is also selling clothes printed with images of an American flag and the locution "great again" underneath.
The move faced immense criticism from country's renowned personalities for echoing with Trump's contention of media.
Responding to the criticism, the museum's spokesperson, Sonya Gavanka earlier said, "Fake news is a word that is in our popular culture now and this is intended to be a 'satirical rebuke' and appears in our store with T-shirts that include a variety of other 'tongue-in-cheek' sayings."
"The mission of the Newseum is to champion freedom of the press along with all the freedoms of the First Amendment, so being a place where people of different viewpoints feel welcome is very important. All the merchandise in our store goes through a vetting process. Of course, we're well aware of the political temperature in the country, but we will continue to be a nonpartisan organization that champions the rights of all to free speech," Gavanka added.
The 643,000-square-foot Newseum has as many as fifteen theaters and fifteen galleries. In one of its galleries, the organisation displays daily front pages of eighty printed publication of foreign countries. Other remaining galleries give thorough information about the topics such as First Amendment, world press freedom, news history, the September 11 attacks, and the history of the Internet, TV, and radio.
The Newseum was first opened in Rosslyn, Virginia, on April 18, 1997, before being later shifted to the current location on April 11, 2008. (ANI)