DC’s Newseum removes controversial ‘Fake News’ T-shirts

Construction continues inside the "Great Hall of News" at the Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot museum of news, in Washington on Wednesday Feb. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)(ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The Newseum has removed the controversial “You are very fake news” T-shirts from their gift shop Saturday after people claimed the shirts went against the museum’s mission statement.

The Newseum is an interactive museum in Northwest D.C. that aims to “increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment,” according to its website.

Journalists claimed the shirt supported the concept of “fake news,” a term President Donald Trump popularized, that they say “undermines” media and free press.

Museum officials released a statement apologizing for the shirts, saying they made a mistake.

The statement also claims that “as an organization that celebrates the rights of people from all political spectrums to express themselves freely, we’ve historically made all types of political merchandise from all political parties. This has included former and current presidential slogans and imagery.”

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