NYT Writer Admits Misleading Readers about Patriots’ Visit to White House

'I'm an idiot,' he wrote.

Remember when the liberal media tried to make a big deal out of the number of people who showed up for Donald Trump's inauguration versus the number who showed up for Barack Obama's? Well, the most recent how-many-showed-up controversy related to the New England Patriots. Here's the tweet that started it all:

Suddenly, the internet was abuzz with the fact that the New England Patriots weren't as keen on visiting Donald Trump's White House as they were to visit Barack Obama's. However, the photo comparison was not a legitimate measure of enthusiasm, as the side-by-side comparison was comparing apples to oranges.

The Patriots, not wanting to get embroiled in some sort of political measuring contest, tweeted: “Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.”

Then, they added more context with a better side-by-side:


Innocent misunderstanding, right? Yes, except there is no such thing when it comes to today's radically polarized political climate. The head sportswriter for the New York Times admitted his error in the Washington Post

“Bad tweet by me. Terrible tweet. I wish I could say it’s complicated, but no, this one is pretty straightforward: I’m an idiot. It was my idea, it was my execution, it was my blunder. I made a decision in about four minutes that clearly warranted much more time. Once we learned more, we tried to fix everything as much as possible as swiftly as possible and as transparently as possible. Of course, at that point the damage was done. I just needed to own it.”

However, the President didn't seem to be in a gracious mood.  

"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." The actual numbers? 50 showed up to meet Obama while 34 showed up for Trump.

h/t The Blaze

Photo credit: Screen shot from above Tweet