Newseum Stops Selling ‘Fake News’ T-Shirts: ‘We Made a Mistake and We Apologize’

The Newseum is no longer selling t-shirts that say “fake news” on them. A Poynter article yesterday revealed that shirts with the slogan “You Are Very Fake News,” a reference to one of President Donald Trump‘s favorite lines of attack against the media, are being sold at the Newseum. The irony of this particular institution selling merch with a media-denigrating message was not lost on a lot of people, and initially the Newseum had responded by saying, “As a nonpartisan organization, people with differing viewpoints feel comfortable visiting the Newseum, and one of our greatest strengths is that we’re champions not only of a free press but also of free speech.” Now they have announced they’re pulling that particular item. Per a press release:
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Newseum Starts Selling MAGA Hats, ‘Fake News’ Merch, Drawing Outrage: ‘Disturbing’

In an arguably-counterintuitive business decision, the Newseum has apparently reacted to President Donald Trump‘s attacks on the media by incorporating them into their gift shop merchandise. The Newseum is one of the most well-known non-profit museums in Washington D.C., with exhibits focused on the historic evolution of the media and the importance of free speech. The museum incorporates its pro-First Amendment statements into most of their wares, though they’ve also been selling Make America Great Again hats and similar paraphernalia for some time, as a reflection of Donald Trump‘s rise to the presidency. As it were, if you go onto the Newseum’s online store, you might notice that they’re selling “You Are Very Fake News” shirts. As most political observers know, Trump frequently uses the term “fake news” to demean and delegitimize critical reporting on his administration. Poynter’s Daniel Funke reached out to the Newseum with
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Jen Palmieri Admits Media’s Leftward Slant; Claims They’re Harder on Democrats?

Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 presidential campaign, came clean on Wednesday that the media slants left. However, she went on to claim that this often leads to tougher coverage of Democrats. Panel moderator Mike Allen of Axios asked Palmieri, “Why is the press so focused on palace intrigue?” In an exchange flagged earlier today by the Washington Free Beacon, the former Clinton flack replied, in part, by admitting, “I think most journalists are probably leaning more to the left than the right.” Palmieri continued by pointing out, “Think about the kind of person that’s drawn to do this as a career. You know, they believe in government. They think politics matters. They like it. They find it interesting. They don’t make a lot of money. That doesn’t seem to concern them.” She continued, however, by emphasizing that “what I’ve found is Continue reading "Jen Palmieri Admits Media’s Leftward Slant; Claims They’re Harder on Democrats?"

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 9 Edition

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NOVEMBER 2015

2015 ICFJ Awards
Nov. 10, 2015
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.
The International Center for Journalists we will honor the achievements of four colleagues whose outstanding coverage has made a huge impact: Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, photojournalist Lynsey Addario, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, and Indian investigative journalist Priyanka Dubey.
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