Most of the New England Patriots football team attended the traditional congratulatory White House ceremony marking their recent victory in Super Bowl 51, though, predictably, most of the mainstream media attention was focused on the relative few who didn’t attend due to their supposed opposition to the policies of Republican president Donald Trump.
The New York Times (i.e. “The Truth”) merrily tweeted out a pair of photos purporting to show the difference in attendance between the team’s 2015 visit to Barack Obama’s White House, and this year’s excursion to Trump’s Pale Casa. The pictures made it look like many more of the Patriots went to be feted at the 2015 gathering then deigned to attend this year’s honoring.
However, the Patriot organization itself corrected the Time’s attempted deceipt. The club stated that the photos “lack context.” The team tweeted, “Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.” The brace of photos both encompassed the same area. Those on the stairs could be seen, those on the South Lawn were not visible.
So much for “the truth.” The paper of record’s motto should be, “All the ruse that fits, we print.”
Trick or tweet?