The New York Times made a mistake, and the editor in question quickly owned up to it.
The Times’ sports section tweeted out a photo comparing how many members of the New England Patriots showed up for the White House ceremony in 2015, when Barack Obama was in office, to Wednesday, under Donald Trump’s administration.
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 19, 2017
These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn. https://t.co/iIYtV0hR6Y
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2017
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
Here’s the apology by the Times’ sports editor, presumably Jason Stallman.
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
Thumbnail photo via Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Images