'Fake news' shirts selling in Newseum's gift shop
(KUTV) -- A museum known for its dedication to journalism and the first amendment has its gift shop offering something opposite to its own values.
The Newseum in Washington, D.C., has its gift shop selling tee shirts that read "You are very fake news" on its gift shop's website Friday, reported first by Poynter. The interactive news museum also sells "Make America Great Again" hats and other President Trump paraphenalia - as it has with Obama items when he was in office - but the "fake news" tee-shirt is what drew in reporters, according to CNN.
As news spread about the "fake news" shirts, the public had shared their opinions about the Newseum's decision to sell these shirts:
A Newseum spokesperson said that the shirts are intended to be a "satirical rebuke," and said the mission of the Newseum is "champion freedom of the press along with all the freedoms of the First Amendment," which was released via Twitter on CNN reporter Hadas Gold's account.
According to the Washington Post, the museum is in debt and considering selling its building, though Newseum's spokesperson said the gift shop only a small portion of its budget.
For whatever the reason the Newseum decided to sell these shirts, some believe it's not the right place to sell the product.