NFL Patriots reality slap NY Times for misleading tweet that ‘compares’ Obama WH visit to Trump’s

Looks like President Trump has inspired the New England Patriots to be on the lookout for “fake news.”

The team’s official Twitter page called out the New York Times on Wednesday for posting photos of their White House visit that “lack context.”

The Times posted a side-by-side photo comparison of the Patriots with President Obama in 2015 and the visit with President Trump in 2017.

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A few hours later, the Super Bowl champions responded, schooling the New York Times about what the real “facts” were.

The 40 members of the team’s staff who were on the stairs for the 2015 photo ended up seated on the South Lawn for the visit with Trump.

While Obama hosted 50 players back in 2015, Trump welcomed 34, though the total number of attendees, including staff and coaches, remained roughly the same.

Neither president hosted quarterback Tom Brady who skipped the trip both times, citing “personal family matters” for preventing his Wednesday visit with Trump, who has been a friend for years.

Trump did get to fist-bump Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the Oval Office, something Obama could not boast about.

Gronkowski appeared to enjoy his visit, and even dropped in on White House press secretary Sean Spicer during a press briefing.

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The Times tweet, and subsequent clarification from the Patriots, did not go unnoticed on social media.

Comedian and television talk show host, Stephen Colbert, offered up his idea of humor on the tweet.

Senior Reporter for Gizmodo Media Group, Ashley Feinberg, set off another thread of comments with her take on the Patriots’ tweet.

In the end, Twitter users noted that having the New York Times fact-checked by the Patriots was not going to help the publication with its “fake news” image.


The New York Times did issue a correction and remove the picture from its story:

Correction: April 19, 2017

An earlier version of this article included photos comparing the size of the Patriots’ gathering at the White House in 2015 and the gathering on Wednesday. The photo from Wednesday only showed players and coaches; the 2015 photo showed players, coaches and support staff and has been removed.

But, as noted by Twitchy, the offending tweet is still up, “earning clicks”  for the Times despite their error.

With the original post nearing 45,000 retweets, Twitchy may be right with it remark, “Hey, fake news sells.”

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(H/T: Twitchy)


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