'I'm an Idiot': NY Times Editor Apologizes for Misleading Trump-Patriots Tweet

The New York Times was not the only outlet to make the false comparison.

The team responded Wednesday evening on Twitter, arguing that the images don't tell the whole story: "These photos lack context".

A Patriots spokesman, Stacey James, said more than 45 players attended the White House in 2015 under President Obama.

Taking their lead from the New York Times, which tweeted out a misleading photo of Wednesday's visit, detractors highlighted a tweet from Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Unfortunately, the three quarterbacks weren't able to get a photo together at the White House because Brady decided not to attend the Super Bowl celebration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue due to family obligations.

The Patriots, who are owned by Trump donor Robert Kraft, eventually tweeted their own "comparable" photo to combat theories that a sizable number of their players and staff had boycotted this week's event.

Meanwhile, Trump opted to maintain his love/hate relationship with his hometown newspaper - while he loves to describe The New York Times as "failing", he also gives them a steady stream of interviews and scoops.

"A great honour to host the @SuperBowl Champion New England @Patriots at the White House today".

In a statement provided by Tom Brady to CNN, he cited "family matters" as the reason why he was not able to join his Patriots teammates and staff in the White House. But several New England players did not attend Wednesday's ceremony, many of them expressing opposition to Trump on political grounds.

According to an update from the Times, the Patriots said, despite the fewer numbers of players, the team's total delegation was about the same size. "I just needed to own it".

Every year it's tradition for the Super Bowl champions (the National Football League winners) to spend a day at the White House, chilling with the President, taking selfies, getting a tour etc etc.

"Every time we've had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don't go", Kraft told the "Today" show.

  • Julie Sanders