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“I’m an Idiot’: NYT Editor’s Painful Confession Over Photo Blowup After Patriots’ White House Visit

The New York Times was fact-checked by the New England Patriots on Wednesday after it used deceptive photos to compare the team’s recent visit to the White House to their visit to see then-President Barack Obama in 2015.

The photo made it seem as if far fewer players showed up to see President Donald Trump for this year’s Super Bowl victory celebration – but that was not true. The Patriots weren’t afraid to call out the Times.

The Patriots later released a more accurate comparison:

Then, there was also this photo:

The New York Times editor responsible for the tweet took complete responsibility and called himself an “idiot” for his actions.

New York Times sports editor Jason Stallman released the following statement to the Washington Post:

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.

At least he took personal responsibility for his actions.