By Dave Andrusko
To be honest I was too busy Wednesday being amused by the surprise visit of Rob Gronkowski, the all-pro tight end for the New England Patriots, to the daily White House press briefing to follow the ebb and flow of the latest fake news story from the New York Times. For those who may have forgotten, the Times, never overly modest to begin with, has taken to reminding us of how “The truth is more important now than ever”– except, of course, when covering pro-life President Donald Trump.
This is so embarrassing that if it was capable of being embarrassed, even the Times would be blushing. Here’s how Tom Blumer of Newsbusters described what happened:
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.
Only….the comparison was bogus from beginning to end. However, the Times would likely have stonewalled had not the Patriots tweeted out the truth:
And then the Patriots furnished a 2017 photo that was comparable to 2015’s, one that included players, staff, and President Trump.
To be clear there evidently were a few less players in 2017. But as many observers pointed out, most of that can be explained not by opposition to Trump but by the fact that many Patriot players had already been to the White House following a Super Bowl victory. Further, as the Patriots tweeted
Comparable photos: The last time the #Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years [during the presidency of George W. Bush], 36 players visited the White House. Today, we had 34.
To his credit, here’s what the New York Times sports editor said when a fellow Times staffer asked him about the controversy:
Actually, “as swiftly as possible” is a bit of stretch. According to Blumer, while the Times did apologize it took their sweet time in taking the misleading tweet down.
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.
A 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.