Patriots call out New York Times over White House visit comparisons

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 21, 2017

The Patriots last visited the White House in 2015 after winning Super Bowl XLIX, and the New York Times tweeted photos that made it seem that there were far fewer people at the White House this time around.

The contrast in photos was quickly explained by the Patriots to the New York Times when they noted that the 2015 photo included support staff making it appear like a much larger contingent.

The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel.

A variety of Boston-area media outlets reported that 34 players showed up Wednesday for the ceremony with Trump, compared to "around 50" players for the ceremony with Obama.

In the 2015 photo, two staircases are filled with men, whereas the photo with Trump shows empty staircases. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn".

It is traditional for USA championship sports teams in any sport to meet and greet the president (whoever that might be at the time) at the White House.

Trump claimed he saw a crowd that "looked like a million and a half people" and White House spokesman Sean Spicer claimed the "dishonest" media framed the photos to make the president's crowd look smaller.

Notable by his absence was Tom Brady, the Super Bowl MVP and President Trump's longtime pal who released a last-minute statement that he was unable to attend because of unspecified family reasons.

On Wednesday, the Patriots were missing several faces for several reasons.

Of course, Trump himself also blasted the New York Times.

The New York Times obtained a reaction from a Patriots' rep about the matter of size.

The delegation was made up of Patriots players as well as the organization's personnel.

A short time later the Times issued an update, saying the Patriots told them fewer players attended this year but that the total delegation was roughly the same. Both those visits were when George W. Bush was president.

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