As Twitchy reported Wednesday, the New England Patriots called out the New York Times over a photo tweet comparing the turnout to meet President Trump to the much larger group that took up President Obama’s invitation in 2015.
Sure, many more people were packed into the photo with President Obama, but that photo also omitted a number of Patriots staffers who were seated on the lawn. In short, it was an apples-to-oranges comparison and a transparent and cheap shot to make Trump appear unpopular.
Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2017
On Thursday, Jason Stallman, the editor who published the tweet, admitted to Yahoo News that it was a mistake.
NYT Sports editor gave me a pretty effusive statement on that Trump/Patriots-crowd-size-comparison tweet: pic.twitter.com/yrvyuCPybp
— Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) April 20, 2017
It’s refreshing to see a member of the news media drop his defenses and own up to a bad decision, but it’s unsettling how reflexes can take over when there’s an opportunity to score points against the president.
— Ryan Faith (@Operation_Ryan) April 20, 2017
— Kimberly Stone (@kstonejones) April 20, 2017
— Martha Wilson (@CarpoolPolitics) April 20, 2017
— Mark Frees (@mfrees) April 20, 2017
@colincampbell At least he owns up to being a political hack… One down…
— Garrett Baldwin (@GarrettBaldwin) April 20, 2017
— (((David Parmly))) (@G8rRanger) April 20, 2017
— Jeff Cote (@ja_cote) April 20, 2017
— Josh Thomas (@Joshthomastn) April 20, 2017
— Robert Chambers (@WellsStKing) April 20, 2017
— William Keane (@largebill68) April 20, 2017
— J. P. Orréaga ♧ (@DrAlfredBellows) April 20, 2017
Here’s a good tweet to print out and tack up around the Times’ offices.
@colincampbell Don't be sorry, be careful.
— Alex Stewart (@AlexStewart50) April 20, 2017
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UPDATE: The NYT still hasn't deleted its FAKE NEWS Trump-Patriots tweet. Over 47,000 RTs and counting https://t.co/LOfjctMaCB
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 20, 2017