A shirt reading “fake news” that was being sold in Bloomingdale’s stores has angered journalists, causing the retailer to pull it from their stores and issue an apology.
— Allison Kaden (@akadennews) February 10, 2019
Bloomingdale’s responded to the reporter’s tweet, with one of their own, saying, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize for any offense we may have caused. 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.”
Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize for any offense we may have caused. 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.
— Bloomingdale's (@Bloomingdales) February 11, 2019
That didn’t really sit well with other members of the media, who accused the store of damaging democracy.
Hi, @bloomingdales. Apologizing "for any offense we may have caused" is not a sincere apology. 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.
— Pamela Wood☀️ (@pwoodreporter) February 11, 2019
— Jessica Chasmar (@JessicaChasmar) February 12, 2019
Not everyone thought the shirt should be pulled.
Bloomgdale’s is removing a “fake news” shirt because one reporter on the Internet complained. This is exactly why people hate journalists and revel in the phrase fake news: journalists wield an insane amount of power to ruin peoples lives and destroy businesses… https://t.co/MtsY90Vu6X
— Ashley Rae Goldenberg (@Communism_Kills) February 12, 2019
you seriously got triggered by a shirt? are you 13 years old or something? grow up and quit pushing your insecurities on everyone. if it's not fake news then prove it with high quality work. when you react like this, it makes the rest of us think you guys got something to hide
— Masked.Conservative.Official (@MaskedConserva2) February 12, 2019
— Lynn Shaw (@LynnShawProd) February 12, 2019
Hi @Bloomingdales, I’m willing to take all these #FakeNews shirts off your hands for free. I will even pay for the shipping. I’m not sure why you would cave to people with no sense of humor but I’m betting I can turn it into a hefty profit. DM me. I’m following you. https://t.co/Z3O5trxrjk
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) February 12, 2019