NY Times editor releases rare apology, admits he was an ‘idiot’ for posting deceptive Trump, Patriots tweet

Well, we can give him this: At least he owns up to his mistakes.

New York Times sports editor Jason Stallman thought he was being cute when he published composite photos of the New England Patriots’ White House visits — one taken Wednesday placed underneath one taken in 2015.

Both visits were to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victories, and the intent was to illustrate that more team members showed up at the Obama White House than were there for the Donald Trump White House.

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The Patriots immediately smacked down the Times, letting the paper know that the comparison was unfair. The 2015 photo included Patriots staff members that Wednesday’s photo did not.

Stallman admitted he’d made a big mistake to Yahoo News.

“Bad tweet by me,” he told Yahoo. “I’m an idiot.” But he’s at least an honest one. Yahoo politics editor Colin Campbell reported:

Apologetic or not, most people weren’t satisfied and wondered why Stallman made the inaccurate comparison in the first place.

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Others observed that the Times hadn’t deleted the original photo comparison.

But still, in an age when the term “fake news” is bandied about every day, others on social media appreciated Stallman’s honesty.

During the Patriots visit Wednesday, things got laugh-out-loud funny when the White House press briefing was interrupted by team tight end Rob Gronkowski, who stuck his head into the door to ask Sean Spicer if he needed any assistance.

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One no-show for the visit was quarterback Tom Brady — a huge Trump fan. He said he had personal matters that needed attention that day, which prompted wild speculation on social media.

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