NE PATRIOTS FACT-CHECK NY TIMES OVER PHOTO OF TEAM’S WEDNESDAY WHITE HOUSE VISIT

[4/21/17]  The New England Patriots are calling out The New York Times for misleading the public about the team’s Wednesday visit with President Trump to honor their Super Bowl LI victory.

NYT Sports posted pictures to Twitter of the team posing for pictures on the front steps of the White House in 2015 and 2017, with the first depicting players lining the stairway that were not in the Times picture on Wednesday.

The implication, of course, is the team had a much larger presence when Obama was president, but the Patriots were quick to set the record straight.

“These photos lack context,” the Patriots tweeted in response to the NYT Sports post. “Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.”

The team also tweeted images of Patriot players visiting with President Bush and President Trump, highlighting more comparable photos that showed nearly the same turnout.