Reporters have had it with the phrase “fake news” and so it’s not surprising that WPIX reporter Allison Kaden went the extra mile when she saw a mannequin wearing a shirt with those words on it.
Kaden snapped a photo of the shirt and tweeted her complaint directly to Bloomingdale’s Twitter account.
She wrote: “This isn’t funny or fashionable. It further delegitimizes hard-working journalists who bring REAL news to their communities.”
Bloomingdale’s responded eventually with a statement announcing it had removed the shirts. It also apologized to the offended parties.
“Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize for any offense we may have caused,” the store said on social media. “We take this feedback very seriously and are working quickly to remove this t-shirt. Again, thank you for taking the time to alert us.”
Not good enough said the Baltimore Sun’s Pamela Wood.
“Hi, [Bloomingdales]. Apologizing ‘for any offense we may have caused’ is not a sincere apology,” she tweeted. “This is not about journalists’ hurt feelings. This is about damage done to our democracy when your brand joins in perpetuating and celebrating the idea of ‘fake news.’ Please try again.”
The company removed the supposedly offensive item and said it was sorry. What does she want? Blood?
The best thing about this entirely ridiculous episode is that it also features reporters sharing an erroneous tweet, claiming distressed members of the news media were not the ones who targeted the stupid T-shirt. It isn’t so; members of the news media were most absolutely the ones who took issue with a Bloomingdale’s T-shirt. Journalists spreading false information about a story involving reporters taking offense at a “Fake News” T-shirt puts us at a level of irony I don’t think even O. Henry could comprehend.
Meanwhile, Fox News wants the shirt to go back on sale. According to the pundits on The Five on Fox News, Bloomingdales should not have to remove a shirt about fake news just because journalists don’t like it.
The pundit referred to himself as a “dummy” just like the mannequin and claimed that the t-shirts with slogans that he wears do not influence any person’s beliefs. In reference, the Fox News host spoke about how he has a shirt celebrating “anarchy” but has yet to topple a government, although there is still time.
This Bloomingdale’s nonsense is as ridiculous as the last time journalists screamed at a shop because it sold “Fake News” paraphernalia. You’ll recall reporters spent an entire weekend last year shouting at the Newseum’s gift shop after they discovered it sold a “You are very fake news” T-shirt. The Newseum, which sold its building this year to Johns Hopkins University, removed the allegedly offensive shirts and issued a groveling apology.
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