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Who wouldn’t want to wear mittens with ‘The New Fake Times’ plastered on them?
The Washington Free Beacon, a right-leaning website, is selling a “fake news collection” of shirts, hoodies, scarves and other attire that replaces the names of several more prominent news outlets with the word “fake” in them.
The clothing contains riffs on several major news outlets including: “The New Fake Times,” “Politifake,” “BuzzFake,” “The Washington Fake,” “Fake Street Journal” and other variations for other news outlets.
The Free Beacon—which initially hired Fusion GPS, the company that eventually produced the opposition research dossier against Donald Trump that contained information on the so-called “pee tape”–is selling “fake news” robes described as “super comfortable and loungy,” scarves, pants, headbands, hoodies, shorts, and hats.
There’s even a few options—neck warmers and mittens—that’ll keep you fashionable during the upcoming winter months.
Even better, for all the fiscal conservatives thinking of buying some items, the “fake news collection” will only cost you $45 for a hoodie, $49.99 for the robe and $15 for the neck warmer.
Aaron Harison, the president of the Free Beacon, said in an email to the Daily Dot that the clothing line was an “opportunity for us to have some fun with and capitalize on the most prominent brand in journalism over the past year: FAKE NEWS.”
“We designed a t-shirt a few months ago around the concept and it sold relatively well, so we decided to expand the line to bathrobes, scarves, and mittens for the winter months,” he said. “If the sales for these items are strong, we hope to add items like fake news toilet paper and eventually, fake news chainsaw attachments for AR-15s.”
President Trump co-opted the term “fake news” after it was discovered that a deluge of (actual) fake news flooded social media ahead of the 2016 election. Trump—and evidently the Free Beacon—seems to believe the term applies to news they don’t like.
Unfortunately, there are no riffs on the Daily Dot available to order.
Update 2:04pm CT, Nov. 9: Added comment from Harison.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).