April 20, 2017

New York Times Politicizes Patriots’ WH Super Bowl Champs’ Visit With Bogus 2017 vs. 2015 Photo Comparison

At this point it seems that there is nothing the New York Times won’t fabricate in the their nonstop attempt to discredit anything and everything associated with President Donald Trump. Yesterday the @NYTSports Twitter account tweeted photos supposedly comparing this year’s turnout of Super Bowl champion New England Patriots players and personnel at the White House to the analogous event in 2015. The Times clearly wants those who see the tweet to believe that scores of Patriots players and front office personnel stayed away this year rather than be seen at the mean, evil Trump White House.

The Patriots had to go on Twitter to correct the record.

Here’s the Times’s Wednesday afternoon tweet (HTs to several center-right blogs):

NYT2017v2015PatriotsTweet041917

Oh my. The 2017 photo has nobody on the steps. The Times clearly wants those who see the two photos to believe that many people associated with the Patriots didn’t want to be seen anywhere near Donald Trump and his White House.

As seen in the number of retweets, lots of people took the bait. One of them was alleged comedian Stephen Colbert, who tweeted: “Doesn’t look like a lot of Patriots visited the White House. Maybe some players got confused and went to Mar-a-Lago instead?”

The Patriots were not pleased, and told the world they were not pleased:

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Readers will note that the 2017 photo shows people on chairs in front of the team, and the 2015 photo does not.

To add insult to injury, there really is a separate 2017 photo with other Patriots personnel on the White House steps. We know it’s from this year because it shows all five Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies the Pats have won, while the 2015 photo above naturally only has four:

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The Times has issued a correction at its article on the Patriots’ White House visit (HT Twitchy):

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 the Wednesday afternoon tweet with the bogus photo comparison and over 44,000 retweets was still posted as of 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time Thursday morning.

separate Wednesday evening tweet at the @NYTSports account containing only its 2017 photo had only been retweeted a grand total of 20 times this morning.

The Times clearly wants its misleading tweet to continue to be spread far and wide while exhibiting phony contrition at its website.

Meanwhile, the lectures from the Times and others in the establishment press about “fake news” and “real journalism” continue, delivered by the same people whose entire existence seems to revolve around generating the former in all matters relating to Donald Trump.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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