The truth behind the New York Times’ Patriots photo that went viral on social media – For The Win
Remember all the pictures floating Inauguration Day? The ones comparing the crowd sizes between Donald Trump’s Inauguration and Barack Obama’s? Well, a similar situation cropped up on Wednesday during New England’s trip to the White House.
It started when the New York Times shared this picture comparing the apparent crowd sizes of the Patriots visit in 2015 vs 2017.
As you can see, that tweet went viral to the tune of more than 42,000 retweets at the time of writing, but it’s a misleading one, according to the New England Patriots. The picture above didn’t include any of the coaching staff, who were seated on the South Lawn.
They also shared a photo including all those within the Pats organization who attended.
The team went on to note that while there were fewer players in attendance this year than in 2015 (34 players compared to just over 45), the total turnout was about the same, and that the number of players who attended was almost identical to those who came while President George Bush was in office. The New York Times acknowledged this removed the photo from its website.
The President took to Twitter on Thursday to comment on the tweet as well.
And here’s the NYT’s response: