Having apparently solved all the other problems in the country, Twitter leftists decided on Friday that a museum gift shop was the next supplier of terrorist propaganda that needed to be stopped. Now that gift shop has stopped selling the item that caused such an uproar.
On that day, it was discovered that the Newseum (a museum dedicated to journalism) had been selling a T-Shirt with the slogan “You Are Fake News” imprinted on it. This wasn’t a new item the Newseum was promoting; they had been for sale for some time. Once discovered, however, Twitter leftists began complaining about the merchandise, which they were in no way forced to purchase.
Sopan Deb, culture reporter for The New York Times, sniped that the shirt was being sold “at an institution that is [sic] literally exists to “increase public understanding of the importance of free press and the First Amendment.”
The Newseum claimed the shirt itself was part of free speech.
“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,” the museum said in response to an inquiry from CBS reporter Kathryn Watson.
Journalism professor Jeff Jarvis did not accept the Newseum’s explanation for selling the shirts, and asked why the museum didn’t also sell “QAnon shirts, Infowars hats, and KKK hoods?” As if those are all equal to a shirt with a silly phrase on it.
Now the museum has decided to pull the shirts from its gift shop. Watson tweeted a comment from the Newseum’s director of public relations apologizing for the T-shirt and saying they were removed from the stores.
“The Newseum has removed the ‘You Are Very Fake News’ t-shirts from the gift shop and online,” the spokesperson said. “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 spokesperson went on to discuss free speech.
“As an organization that celebrates the rights of people from all political spectrums to express themselves freely, we’ve historically mad [sic] all types of political merchandise available for our guests to purchase,” the spokesperson said. “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.”