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Trump Blasted The New York Times For This Tweet About The Patriots


Last updated on April 20, 2017, at 11:03 a.m. ET

Posted on April 20, 2017, at 10:59 a.m. ET

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House for the traditional Super Bowl victors celebration.

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Dozens of players showed up for the event, but at least six others opted to skip it because of their opposition to Trump.

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Quarterback Tom Brady, a personal friend of the president, also didn't attend, but said he had unspecified "family matters" to attend to.

Perhaps knowing the president can be a little sensitive about crowd sizes (*cough* INAUGURATION *cough cough*), the New York Times on Thursday shared this comparison of the last time the Pats visited the White House following their 2015 win.

The Times tweet went insanely viral, spurring a bunch of jokes inspired by how the White House responded to the last crowd size controversy.

That old Sean Spicer lying meme even made a reappearance.

But then...the Patriots pooped on the Times' parade, noting that the comparison photos lacked context because, unlike the 2015 picture, Wednesday's photo did not feature the football team's full staff.

These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on…

The team also shared another photo showing the staff standing around the players on Wednesday.

Thanks @realDonaldTrump & @WhiteHouse for the gracious hospitality today honoring the Super Bowl Champion New Engla…

The Times then replied to their own tweet with this update:

The newspaper also added this correction to their article on the Patriots' White House trip, noting the photo comparison had been removed from the story:

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.

However, the original controversial tweet has not been deleted.

45k RT's for the false New York Times tweet. 470 RT's for the correction.

Late Wednesday, right-wing conspiracy blogger Mike Cernovich began promoting what he called #PhotoGate to his 250,000 Twitter followers.

#PhotoGate can include today's hoax from NY Times (owned by a Mexican immigration activist) and *all* other hoaxes from the fake news media.

#PhotoGate is proof you can't even trust pictures posted by the fake news media. This is a startling development!

The whole Twitter controversy eventually caught the attention of the nation's tweeter-in-chief, who railed against the "failing" New York Times for their "big lie" on Thursday morning.

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.

Asked for comment, a New York Times spokesperson provided BuzzFeed News with a quote from sports editor Jason Stallman:

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.

What a time to be alive.

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