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.

On Thursday, Jason Stallman, the editor who published the tweet, admitted to Yahoo News that it was a mistake.

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.

Here’s a good tweet to print out and tack up around the Times’ offices.

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