President Donald Trump early Friday retweeted an item from Fox News' "Fox & Friends First" detailing an apology made from an unnamed New York Times sports editor about a two pictures purporting to compare the number of team members who met with Trump compared to how many had met with his predecessor.
Trump did not comment on his retweet from Fox News, which discussed an apology that was made to Yahoo News Politics Editor Colin Campbell on Thursday concerning the flap:
In the apology, the unnamed editor wrote that he wished he could say the photo comparison was complicated but "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."
The Fox News item was headlined "NYT editor apologizes for misleading tweet about New England Patriots' visit to the White House:"
On Thursday, both Trump and the Patriots complained about the initial photo comparison, posted through the account of The New York Times' sports department, saying that it was inaccurate.
The Patriots organization explained that in the photo taken in 2015 with President Barack Obama, several team staff members stood for the photo, while in this year's picture, the staff members were on the lawn and out of the picture, but still attended the White House visit.
Trump on Thursday lambasted The Times for the fumble, saying the newspaper was caught in a "big lie."
Meanwhile, The Times has revised its initial story online as well, saying that while an earlier version of the article included both photos "comparing the size of the Patriots' gathering at the White House in 2015 and the gathering on Wednesday. The photo from Wednesday only showed players and coaches; the 2015 photo showed players, coaches and support staff and has been removed."
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