The New York Times was caught in a blatant act of bias after blasting forth a photo on its newspaper Twitter feed that suggested the turnout for the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl payoff of a White House visit with President Donald Trump was far less attended than in 2015, when the same team went to a meet and greet with Barack Obama.
The photo lacked context, critics said.
Here’s how the Conservative TreeHouse put it:
“The New York Times attempted to take a cheap ideological shot at President Donald Trump by comparing organization attendance by the New England Patriots football team between President Obama and President Trump.
“However, the cheap shot attempt backfired against the New York Times when the New England Patriots organization pointed out they were not comparing accurate attendance.
“In the 2015 picture the support staff were on the stairs, in the 2017 picture the staff were seated in the audience.”
But pictures — at least full context pictures — tell the story so much better.
This is what the New York Times blasted on Twitter:
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 19, 2017
And now, the Patriots’ clubhouse response:
And this is how the New England team captured the moment, while thanking Trump for his hospitality — and you can see, the crowd size is quite different from what the New York Times reported:
Trump thinks so.
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
In the aftermath of the heavy criticism, the New York Times editor, Jason Stallman, who was responsible for sending out the White House photographs wrote this in an email to 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. One 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.”