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“Fake News” T-shirts pulled from Newseum gift shop for media complaints

“Make America Great Again” hats displayed in the Trump Tower in New York City, Aug. 20, 2016.

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Bow to the pressure of journalists, the over stocking trump complained of were in connection with a museum in Washington, DC, on Saturday said it would no longer sell T-shirts that say, “you Are Very Fake News”.

The Newseum says — it claims to celebrate, the role and the history of the press in America, it has removed the T-shirts to show your gift shop and online shop, and issued a public apology and support for the members of the media.

“We made a mistake and we apologize,” the organization said in a press release, the hill reported. “A free press is an essential part of our democracy, and journalists are not the enemy of the people.”

Newseum stops selling “Fake News” t-shirts after backlash https://t.co/tcvaZLtngf pic.twitter.com/TlNXeUglbO

— The hill (@thehill) 5. August 2018

The statement marks a reversal of a previous Newseum position, in which the museum said it was the “Fake News” T-shirts and other items out of respect for opposing bot points.

Newseum spokeswoman Sonya Gavankar defended was, to say the goods poynter.org the website of a media think-tank, the museum promotes an environment of freedom of expression.

“As a bipartisan organization, the people with different views feel comfortable visiting the Newseum,” she said, “and one of our greatest strengths is that we are masters not only of a free press, but also of free speech.”

But to not buy the members of the free press.

This is a very bad idea @Newseum — to investigate honor, to the media and to protect, not the bywords embrace, the other looking to undermine it. https://t.co/DBt3kfIPpA

— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) 3. August 2018

Sigh. It’s not about “free speech”. People can say, “fake news”, and the @Newseum, the shirt can sell if it wants to. The fact that it is in contrast to the Newseum’s mission is the question. The baseball Hall of Fame is not for sale “baseball sucks” T-shirts https://t.co/w7MQQayECs

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) 4. August 2018

It is a shame for @Newseum sell the Fake-News-t-shirts. https://t.co/SXA0Ktscia

— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) 3. August 2018

The T-shirt debacle was followed by a heated exchange earlier this week, where journalists asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to explain, that the media are not the “enemy of the people”, a position of President Trump, the also has the term “fake news helped to popularize”.

The mission of the Newseum, a non-profit company, is the “increasing public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment”, according to its website.

While the Newseum no longer sell the “fake news” T-shirts, told FOX5 DC that were still wearing Trump in connection, including the top-selling “Make America Great Again” hats.

Fox News’ Amy Held contributed to this report.

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