Amid the ballyhoo over some New England Patriots players skipping the traditional White House visit to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory because of issues with Republican President Donald Trump, the New York Times decided to take it a step further.
The Times tweeted a pair of photos, one showing the Patriots gathered at the White House in 2015 when Barack Obama was president — and the other showing the Patriots at Trump's White House on Wednesday.
Patriots' turnout for President Obama in 2015 vs. Patriots' turnout for President Trump today:… https://t.co/Qr9QYtxY20— NYT Sports (@NYT Sports)1492633540.0
Seems pretty clear which president the squad admires and respects more, right?
Not so fast.
None other than the Patriots organization itself called out the Times for showing photos that "lack context."
"Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs," the Patriots tweeted. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn."
These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on… https://t.co/iCzXZIHFBy— New England Patriots (@New England Patriots)1492649103.0
The Patriots had already tweeted a more representative photo of the entire entourage posing with Trump.
Thanks @realDonaldTrump & @WhiteHouse for the gracious hospitality today honoring the Super Bowl Champion New Engla… https://t.co/0uOq7sFVlj— New England Patriots (@New England Patriots)1492647227.0
Presumably to further help out the Times, the Patriots posted their own version of "comparable photos."
"The last time the #Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years, 36 players visited the White House," the team added in the tweet. "Today, we had 34."
Comparable photos: The last time the #Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years, 36 players visited the White Hou… https://t.co/ge1ZvHNZzp— New England Patriots (@New England Patriots)1492651852.0
The Times posted an update on Twitter in light of the Patriots' correction:
UPDATE: Patriots say # of players was smaller this year than 2015 (34 vs. 50) but total delegation was roughly the… https://t.co/ZQj3RQUAEH— NYT Sports (@NYT Sports)1492650976.0
(H/T: Young Conservatives)