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That Time a Professional Football Team Fact-Checked The New York Times

An attempt to re-open the stupidest narrative of 2017 backfires spectacularly. When will the media learn to stop creating fake controversies?

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It says something about the state of the media today—and something about how certain elements of the media are determined to stir up controversies around President Donald Trump, even where none exist—that a major newspaper found itself on the receiving end of a fact check from a professional football team this week.

Here's how it happened. Players and staff of the The New England Patriots were visiting the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their victory over the Atlanta Falcons in February's Super Bowl, as is traditional for professional teams (and college teams, and Little League teams, and so on) to do in the aftermath of winning a national championship. This whole "tradition" is not so much about celebrating a championship as it is about allowing the sitting president to glom onto a bit of the local goodwill generated by championship-winning teams.

(I did a bit of googling in an attempt to determine which president is the responsible for the creation of this vapid bit of White House pomp, but was unsuccessful. If anyone knows, please leave a comment so in the future we will know which POTUS deserves our scorn. Update: A few of you emailed and commented to point out that, fittingly, President Ronald "The Gipper" Reagan is responsible for starting this tradition, though some championship teams had been invited to the White House for various reasons since at least the 1960s.)

At best, it's a waste of everyone's time, the kind of event that—except perhaps on the sports pages in city where the winning team plays—deserves nothing more than a passing mention in the media.

So, naturally, the national media covers it like a major event.

That's why The New York Times had its sports editor, Jason Stallman, at the White House on Wednesday. After the handshakes and congratulations were finished, Stallman tweeted the following photo and commentary from the @NYTSports account:

This is, of course, an attempt to reopen the stupidest controversy of 2017: The one that erupted in the days after Trump's inauguration when aerial photos of the event were shown side-by-side with photos of the crowds at President Barack Obama's inaugurations in 2008 and 2012. Thanks to Trump's thin-skinned reaction (not helped by a silly gaffe by the White House photo staff), and the media's desire to make mountains out of any unimportant molehill that can somehow be connected to Trump, it became a week-long "scandal."

This time, thankfully, we didn't have to go through that because the New England Patriots stepped in to correct the record.

Stallman later apologized and took responsibility for the whole thing, telling 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."

But not before the president took the opportunity to comment:

Here's the thing. Trump is right. The Times was wrong. And the public's trust of the media takes another little hit that might make it slightly less likely for someone to believe the Times the next time they are right and Trump is wrong.

All of that happens because of a foolish attempt to create a controversy where there isn't one.

Which is not to say that Trump does not deserved to be criticized. He does. Immeasurably so. He's a man who ran for office promising to stop doing things like bombing the Middle East and waited less than 90 days before going back on that promise. His personal finances and the ways in which he might be using the office of presidency to enrich himself, his family, his company, and his friends should be at the center of attention as often as possible.

The creation of silly, pointless, and false controversies only detract from the seriousness of the real ones. Sure, it was The New York Times that messed up this time, but they're hardly the only ones to blame for this sort of thing. The fact that Stallman was wrong is actually helpful here, because if he had been right, we would have been subjected to days of cable news debates over why fewer Patriots were at the White House this year, and why it matters, and what it says about the president.

Who cares how big Trump's inaugural crowd was? Who cares how many members of a professional football team visited the White House this week? Who cares about the size of the president's hands? How many times will we have to go down this road?

My guess is that this won't be the last time, and the media will continue losing credibility each time it happens.

The only way to get to the bottom of this is to demand an investigation into the ties between Donald Trump, Russian agents, and the owners of the New England Patriots—oh, wait, that's already happened.

NEXT: When should voters march to the beat of scientists?

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  1. A dishonest organization losing credibility is a good thing, not a bad thing.

    1. the Patriots or the media?

  2. He’s a man who ran for office promising to stop doing things like bombing the Middle East and waited less than 90 days before going back on that promise.

    He also promised to Make America Grating Again. Let’s see how well he keeps that promise!

    1. He’s enforced border laws, issued EO’s to overturn Obama’s EO’s, and nominated Gorsuch to SCOTUS. All ready, he’s made great strides in Making America Great Again.

      1. He’s gonna COMPLETELY pay off the debt in eight years! ….. AND have YUGE tax cuts …. AND provide health insurance to EVERYONE ..,…. AND have Mexico pay for a wall …. AND repeal Obamacare on Day One … AND deport 480,000 illegals every month …. See George — that crazy socialist!

        Anything else?

    1. It’s ALL a vast liberal conspiracy … against Truth,Justice and the American Way!

      1. Bully

    2. It is a bit of a trick question and has a pair of opposing stock answers.

      (I did a bit of googling in an attempt to determine which president is the responsible for the creation of this vapid bit of White House pomp, but was unsuccessful. If anyone knows, please leave a comment so in the future we will know which POTUS deserves our scorn.)

      The correct scorn answer from history here is Andy Jackson. Unless it is about the national bank, then he gets praise, all sins washed away until a new historical topic comes along..

      1. Yeah … how fucking shameful to celebrate champions. 🙂

  3. Who cares how big Trump’s inaugural crowd was? Who cares about the size of the president’s hands?

    Trump cares. Which says all we need to know about your own credibility.
    The psycho-level bullshit began with him … not with the hated MSM, Mr, Limbaugh.

    1. “The psycho-level bullshit began with him … not with the hated MSM”

      You could be the dumbest motherfucker on the planet.

      It’s no wonder all anyone does is laugh and make fun of you.

      As an aside, I look forward to your upcoming death, being as old as you are. You’re on my “take a shit on his grave” list.

      1. Says the hate-spewing aggressor

        1. A taste of your own medicine is quite bitter, I imagine.

          1. (lol) Fantasize much, aggressor?

            1. (lol) lol much, loller?

              1. Only aggressors … like you who celebrates feeding humans into wood chippers.
                Are your parents proud of what you’ve become?
                Your high school teachers?

                1. Michael Hihn: the face of autism in America.

                  1. More childish aggresion

                    1. More childish bold face. Or is that boorish?

                    2. It highlights self-righteous bullies and aggressors like yourself

                    3. Am I still on your list, Mike?

                    4. Only bulles and thugs keep hit lists. I assume that’s why you inttiated another totally unprovoked aggression here:
                      https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6826303

                      I only defend and respond. No hit list at all. In self-defense.

                    5. Michael Hihn: Make Autism Great Again

                      (pirouettes away cackling)

                    6. Red Rocks (etc), Did your parents raise you to believe that any of the following is acceptable behavior for mature adults?
                      1) Unprovoked aggression?
                      2) BRAGGING that you bait and incite people intentionally?

                      Is your mother proud of how you turned out?
                      Your school teachers?
                      ANYONE (except other intentional bullies)?

                    7. Bolding your words doesn’t make them any less whiny, Mike. Stop whining and be a man.

      2. Dude. Seriously. Do not take a punch at Hihn, no matter the temptation. You’re basically just trying to fight the tar baby. This is not a fight you’re going to win. Whether you’re right or not matters less than nothing, you’re just going to end up trapped in nastiness.

        1. THIS IS IN DEFENSE OF UNPROVOKED AGGRESSION

          Wizard4169 is PROVEN as a liar an aggressor before he attacks!!!!!!
          Directly above his thuggish bullying!!! (Michael Hihn|4.22.17 @ 11:44PM|#)
          ALL BOLD … BUT HE STILL CAN’T SEE IT! (omg)

          you’re just going to end up trapped in nastiness.

          Everywhere on earth, for all of human history …. the “authoritarian mind” has been the sign of lying psychos.

          ON UNMODERATED WEBSITES, THEY TRAVEL IN A PACK … LIKE A TRIBE OF WILD DOGS …. DRIVEN BY THE SAME SELF-RIGHTEOUS ZEAL AS ALL “TRUE BELIEVERS.”

          This is not a fight you’re going to win

          (walks away laughing at the hatred-spewing thug)
          Who will now be stalking me for months … as punishment … for defending myself. (vomit)

          1. Do you moonlight for the KCNA by any chance?

            1. Do you moonlight for the KCNA by any chance?

              Because I don’t submit to unprovoked aggression … on a libertarian website … by thugs and bullies?
              Why do you ask?

              Do you moonlight for Ron Paul?

    2. Trump knew you guys’d go for it SQUIRREL!! … because of your SQUIRREL!! … what was I saying?

      1. what was I saying?

        Nothing of substance 🙂

  4. His personal finances and the ways in which he might be using the office of presidency to enrich himself, his family, his company, and his friends should be at the center of attention as often as possible.”

    The fuck is this shit?

    1. Like his scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation?

      1. What the fuck are you jabbering about idiot.

        1. FOUND! A brainwashed Trump puppet TOTALLY ignorant of common news stories!!!

          What the fuck are you jabbering about idiot.

          (laughing) He was supporting your (ignorant) position.

          1) Trump campaigned on a 60% tax cut for HIMSELF, taking his HIGHEST rate down to 15% — as a billionaire. Do you have ANY clue about income tax rates and brackets?

          2) He’s already spending money for his 2020 RE-election … of which roughly $500,000 was paid to HIMSELF! (the properties he refuses to sell)

          3) He’s spent MILLIONS on his golf weekends — also at HIS property (not Camp David). FAR more golf than Obama ever did. Ooops.

          4) He REFUSES to release income tax returns — breaking the MANY promises he made to the suckers who voted for him … DOUBLES his lie by saying he can’t release returns because he’s under audit.

          5) He JUST opened his own hotel in DC. Many foreign visitors freely admit they stay there to “curry favor with President Trump.”

          That’s just a few. Go to Google. Search for “conflict of interest” (in quotes) Educate yourself so you don’t look so fucking stupid in public.

          No, Sparky, you are free to believe whatever you want. But you’ve publicly humiliated yourself by revealing your TOTAL ignorance of well-known news facts/opinions/issues/debates. Expand beyond Fox and Breitbart — if only to learn what’s going on in the known universe.

          1. Goddammit. You just had to create a situation where Hinh is more in the right.

            1. Not everyone is a vengeful thug like you.

            2. Not everyone is a vengeful thug like you.

          2. “Trump campaigned on a 60% tax cut for HIMSELF, taking his HIGHEST rate down to 15% — as a billionaire.”

            Anyone who believes in liberty clearly understands the evil of the 16th amendment and knows the correct income tax rate is 0% for all levels. Only those ruled by jealousy and envy who give into their covetous greed want to enact punitive taxes on those who successfully earn money.

            “He’s already spending money for his 2020 RE-election … of which roughly $500,000 was paid to HIMSELF!”

            The absolute horror of spending your own money on self-promotion!

            “He’s spent MILLIONS on his golf weekends — also at HIS property (not Camp David). FAR more golf than Obama ever did.”

            Protection is expensive for a person receiving a record number of death threats from TDS sufferers.

            “He REFUSES to release income tax returns”

            Can you imagine people believing in liberty? It’s obvious using the 16th amendment to rationalize spying on Americans for political purposes forms is just and moral, amarite?

            “He JUST opened his own hotel in DC.”

            The nerve some people have for building a business offering services people find valuable and willingly pay for! Who is this guy for making people’s lives better?!?!

            1. “Trump campaigned on a 60% tax cut for HIMSELF, taking his HIGHEST rate down to 15% — as a billionaire.”

              Anyone who believes in liberty clearly understands the evil of the 16th amendment and knows the correct income tax rate is 0% for all levels.

              (smirk) While sucking the teats of his most loyal voters who pay higher rates.

              “He’s already spending money for his 2020 RE-election … of which roughly $500,000 was paid to HIMSELF!”

              He absolute horror of spending your own money on self-promotion!

              (lol) Read it again You missed TWO points,

              “He’s spent MILLIONS on his golf weekends — also at HIS property (not Camp David). FAR more golf than Obama ever did.”

              Protection is expensive for a person receiving a record number of death threats from TDS sufferers.

              YOU EVEN BELIEVE A GOLF COURSE IS MORE SECURE THAN CAMP DAVID!!!

              ” He JUST opened his own hotel in DC. Many foreign visitors freely admit they stay there to “curry favor with President Trump.”

              The nerve some people have for building a business offering services people find valuable and willingly pay for! Who is this guy for making people’s lives better?!?!

              Sorry, I only now see your satire and ridicule of Trump’s cult, who’d even defend him of open murder. HYSTERICAL!

  5. No need to fact check the New York Times. Just don’t read it.

    1. Yes, snowflake, that’s right response.

      1. If we were snowflakes we’d be reading it and angrily rioting outside its offices every time they probably not something we don’t like.

        1. Like your “rioting” against me, precious. snowflake, for what I wrote? Did I violate your safe zone? Trigger you? Poor baby.
          https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6826303

          1. No. By the left’s definition, if we rioted you’d be seeking medical attention. I’m pretty sure mean words directed to someone the rebuke their stupidity doesn’t rise to the same level. Unfortunately, Libertarians even believe you have a right to speak, but you do make us rethink that occasionally.

            1. No. By the left’s definition,

              (Also a partisan goober)

              Shoulda checked the link I provided … to avoid making ANOTHER fuckup as you stalk me down the page.

              (Posted in defense of serial aggressions by a stalker)

          2. Do I need to define the word ‘rioting’ for you?

            If I flicked a booger at you you’d probably call it domestic terrorism. Grow up Mike.

            1. Do I need to define the word ‘rioting’ for you?

              Only if you’re too fucking stupid to know why words are put in quotes like I did. (snort)

              f I flicked a booger at you you’d probably call it domestic terrorism.

              Not if you put it in quotes. (walks away laughing at the thug)

              1. Mark Lastname … a truly pathetic fucking liar.

                MarkLastname
                If I flicked a booger at you you’d probably call it domestic terrorism.

                THIS is what I linked to you pathetic piece of shit.

                MarkLastname|4.22.17 @ 7:46PM|#

                Michael Hihn: the face of autism in America.
                https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6826303

                Fucking bully. And psychotic liar. STALKING ME DOWN THE PAGE
                Again.

                1. Cry more.

                  1. Cry more.

                    (smirk) I slapped down an aggressor … one of your ilk, thug, … with documented proof, loser

                2. No one cares about your self-referential links that prove nothing.

                  1. No one cares about your self-referential links that prove nothing.

                    Now my psycho stalker — SHAMELESSLY DENIES documented proof

                    I encourage readers to click the link and THINK FOR THEMSELVES. Did the thug say I have autism? Dumbfuck Red Rocks even REPEATED the autism insult! MORE PROOF OF A BULLY!!!
                    https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6827241

                    Why does Reason allow these assualts — as the ONLY major politicla site that is BOTH unmoderated and allows NO complaints about abuse? Is that why the thugs wind up here, when they’ve been thrown off everywhere else?

                    Is this why the libertarian label is rejected by 91% of LIBERTARIANS?

                    “In our Zogby survey we found that only 9 percent of voters with libertarian views identify themselves that way.” -David Boaz and David Kirby, Cato Institute

                    100% – 9% = 91% rejection
                    Left minus right STILL equals zero

                    Bullying and aggresion on a libertarian website. Who’d a guessed?

                    1. “Words equals violence!!” whines SJW Mikey.

          3. Like your “rioting” against me, precious. snowflake, for what I wrote?

            SJW Hihnsanity considers words to be violence.

            1. SJW Hihnsanity considers words to be violence.

              Dumbass cannot read. (sneer)

              1. Senile fool is senile. (Snicker)

                1. Dumbass cannot read. (sneer)

                  Senile fool is senile. (Snicker)

                  Bullies commit serial aggression

                  1. Wimps whine about mean words.

                    1. Those with a functioning mind understand the use of “quotes.”
                      As I already corrected to a previous dumbass stalker here:
                      https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6826400

                      And this is the comment which confused the dumbfuck stalker

                      https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6826312
                      (Or anotherr one, which would make him even more stupid.

                      They travel in a pack, like wild dogs, as proven here.

                    2. Whiny Mikey whines again.

                    3. Still self-defense. (sneer)

  6. “Here’s the thing. Trump is right. The Times was wrong.”

    No, HERE’S the thing: Trump is the first chance since – POSSIBLY – Reagan (who failed) of forcing changes to both parties by saying the hell with the status quo and moving in a more conservative direction, and yet he has time to meet and tweet about absolute bullshit like this issue. His pliability in making 180 degree turns on major foreign policy positions and the embarrassing failure of repealing Obamacare is evidence that he has a hell of a lot of work to do and has more reason to fear the GOP establishment’s roadblocks than he does the Democrats.

    1. Trump did say he could shoot somebody in a large crowd, with many witnesses, and not lose a single cult follower.

      that he has a hell of a lot of work to do and has more reason to fear the GOP establishment’s roadblocks than he does the Democrats.

      Yeah, let’s celebrate his fuckups … and IGNORE that virtually every campaign promise has already been broken …. BY HIM …. not by your conspirators.

      He’s gonna COMPLETELY pay off the debt in eight years! ….. AND have YUGE tax cuts …. AND provide health insurance to EVERYONE ..,…. AND have Mexico pay for a wall …. AND repeal Obamacare on Day One … AND deport 480,000 illegals every month ….See George Will today — that crazy socialist!

      1. ” . . .he has time to meet and tweet about absolute bullshit like this issue. His pliability in making 180 degree turns on major foreign policy positions and the embarrassing failure of repealing Obamacare . . .”

        Yes, plainly I am a huge Trump fan.

        1. Trump is the first chance since – POSSIBLY – Reagan (who failed) of forcing changes to both parties by saying the hell with the status quo and moving in a more conservative direction,… he has a hell of a lot of work to do and has more reason to fear the GOP establishment’s roadblocks than he does the Democrats.

          Yes, plainly I am a huge Trump fan

          CONTEXT.

      2. WHY are you PiSSING in My DRINk?

        1. Because it’s sterile and you like the taste?

        2. Because it’s sterile and you like the taste?

  7. Who cares how big Drumpf’s inaugural crowd was? Who cares how many members of a professional football team visited the White House this week? Who cares about the size of the president’s hands? How many times will we have to go down this road?

    reason.com Republicans pretending to be libertarians. That’s who.

    Oh, and Drumpf cares. He really, really, does. He cared that his inaugural crowd was smaller, so much so that he wished somebody would call the Parks’ dept. and correct it (via Photoshop?) and the size of his fingers.

    Sent a note to the dude who called him a shot fingered vulgarian. For YEARS.

    And of course, Eric. Eric cares.

    1. There’s another possibility. Trump simply likes keeping his name active. No such thing as bad publicity. Keep your opponents guessing, keep them off-balance.

      Trump isn’t stupid. That ought to be obvious: no one gets all that money, or loses and regets it, while being stupid or an heir. To write his actions off as being actually important to him, in themselves, is to write him off as being incredibly stupid.

      The fact that he grew his inheritance, that he has a zillion irons in a zillion fires, and finally, that he actually became President, ought to be proof enough that he is not stupid. It is far more plausible that he simply likes trolling people than that he actually cares about inaugural crowd sizes as anything other than a means to keep his bran active and to troll the press into helping him.

      He is NOT stupid.

      1. I agree. And the left bitching about his tax returns while ignoring the Clinton Foundation and the Obama scandals…

        1. I agree. And the left bitching about his tax returns while ignoring the Clinton Foundation and the Obama scandals…

          So that’s your (lame) excuse to be equally irresponsible?
          “He did it first, Mommy!”
          His is FAR worse. And what were Obama’s?

          1. No. That’s what you read into it.

          2. I see you skipped the Clinton Foundation aspect. Couldn’t even make a half-hearted attempt at lying around that cowpie.

            1. Behold TWO illiterate dumbfucks

              I see you skipped the Clinton Foundation aspect.

              That’s what I referenced, cowpie. (snicker)

              1. I’m surprised you don’t bold your handle.

                What do you reserve italics for?

                You probably used the “invisible” tag for your snickers reference.

                What a fopping umble breg.

                1. Scarecrow had earlier been TOTALLY humiliated here …
                  https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6826416

                  So he runs around punishing me. That’s how these sick-fuck-aggressors operate,
                  with the total self-righteousness of all “True Believers.”
                  Sad

      2. Trump isn’t stupid. That ought to be obvious: no one gets all that money,

        He has ZERO executive experience. And you may not realize how little it takes to run a FAMILY business.

        ought to be proof enough that he is not stupid.

        I just explained why that’s totally irrelevant. And he REALLY fucked people who trusted him, in all those bankruptcies.
        His business is a “pass-through corporation” which means a PERSONAL business. Not much different than a plumber. Google “Trump Organization LLC” (with quotes) Then think how many VERY small businesses you’ve seen with that LLC. It’s essentially a corporate loophole expanded by Republicans (originally to avoid the double taxation of corporate profits for VERY small corporations, who are/were taxed like partnerships but with the limited liability of a corporation. Sweet?) At the time, it was a ruse to get around the ban on corporate political contributions.

        1. So who did Obama fuck in a big nationally known bankruptcy? C’mon, gues, I know you can do it, that’s all you’ve been doing so far.

          I suppose Trump’s executive experience can’t hold a candle to Obama’s, or any Bush’s, or any Clinton’s. Even for you, calling Trump’s many businesses a family business is stretching the lies.

          1. I LOVE crushing ignorant dumbfucks like Scarecrow Repair & Chippering!

            Even for you, calling Trump’s many businesses a family business is stretching the lies.

            (gloating) Here’s Eric Trump … asshole … in that leftwing rag, FORBES (lol)

            “Where we’re a little bit different is that we’re not a public company,” he continued. “We’re not expected by some little board sitting somewhere to generate X return. ? We operate on a different set of principles. If we like something, we’re proud of it, if it’s iconic, then we keep it forever. So many of the guys that horse trade, it’s because, well, they have to meet their quarterly returns. So they need to put some bucks in the bank. And they need to create liquidity for a new venture that they’re doing. I mean, it’s just a different premise when you’re a family business.”

            Do you just kiss his ass … or do you suck his dick, too? (sneer)

            (Tone and boldface in defense of aggression by a serial stalker and dumbass bully)

        2. “He has ZERO executive experience. And you may not realize how little it takes to run a FAMILY business.”

          A family business Donald Trump himself started, i.e., all he has in his business is executive experience.

          “Then think how many VERY small businesses you’ve seen with that LLC.”

          So LLC is an indication of … what? Only small businesses? Or it’s somehow suspicious when an LLC becomes wildly successful? Why do you hate small businesses and successful businessmen?

          1. “He has ZERO executive experience. And you may not realize how little it takes to run a FAMILY business.”

            A family business Donald Trump himself started, i.e., all he has in his business is executive experience.

            You need to learn what excecutive experience means.

            “Then think how many VERY small businesses you’ve seen with that LLC.”

            So LLC is an indication of … what? Only small businesses?

            Then learn how to read.

            Why do you hate small businesses and successful businessmen?

            I’ve coached and consulted entrepreneurs for over 35 years, chump, which is why I’m laughing so hard.
            And I LOVE watching Trump’s cult make public asses of themselves.
            Will I see you do it a fourth time on this page?

    2. “Drumpf”

      It’s this type of cleverness and display of intellect that has libertarians gaining political support hovering around the 3% range.

      1. KNOWING THE ORIGINAL TRUMP SURNAME????
        REALLY????????

        Would you defend him for intentional murder, as he claims you would?

  8. Happy Earth Day. Here’s some perspective on past hysteria on the end of the world as we know it.

    http://www.aei.org/publication…..ekly042216

    1. WOW! I expected a link to the website for Trump’s 2016 campaign. A lot more timely and relevant hysteria..
      (Not to dismiss that other hysteria)

  9. “Which is not to say that Trump does not deserved to be criticized.”

    Eric Boehm channeling his inner Robby Soave!

    1. And a large majority of Americans.

      1. You obviously don’t know what that mean.

        1. (lol) Here’s why I do know
          1) Nearly 10 million voted against him.
          2) Another estimated 10-15 million were voting against Hillary, not for him.
          3) His approval rating (mid-30s) is the WORST for any President at this point for the 72 years Gallup has been polling for it.

          Anything else?

          1. Enjoy the next 4 to 8 years.
            Did Hillary cheat too much, or not enough?

            1. Philadelphia Collims, humiliated by facts … SCREAMS, “But she did it first, Mommy.”

              Trump said he could commmit a publkic murder and his cult would still defend him.

          2. Yes. Your answers shows you definitely don’t know what I meant by my statement.

            1. Yes. Your answers shows you definitely don’t know what I meant by my statement.

              (snicker) Out a fool … see a fool.

            2. Yes. Your answers shows you definitely don’t know what I meant by my statement.

              LAME I jammed it up your ass!

              ME: And a large majority of Americans

              YOU: You obviously don’t know what that mean.

              ME: (lol) Here’s why I do know
              1) Nearly 10 million voted against him.
              2) Another estimated 10-15 million were voting against Hillary, not for him.
              3) His approval rating (mid-30s) is the WORST for any President at this point for the 72 years Gallup has been polling for it.

              So …. Sparky … was I agreeing with you … or DISagreeing with you? (smirk)

              Trump did say he could murder someone openly and not lose a single follower of his cult … who didn’t even mind being so massively insulted in public. Sad.

  10. Which is not to say that Trump does not deserved to be criticized. He does. Immeasurably so…

    Every article that finds itself having to agree with Trump on the facts of an issue must have Two Minutes Trump Hate to compensate.

    Progressitarians

    1. (lol) FINISH THAT PARAGRAPH.

      He’s gonna COMPLETELY pay off the debt in eight years! ….. AND have YUGE tax cuts …. AND provide health insurance to EVERYONE ..,…. AND have Mexico pay for a wall …. AND repeal Obamacare on Day One … AND deport 480,000 illegals every month …. See George Will today — that crazy socialist!

      Anything else?

    2. It’s this new thing called *thinking*. It’s an amazing concept. When people *think*, they are able to see and express nuance, e.g. Seeing the grey shades of reality instead of black and white, while following principle instead of Glorious Leader. Progressives and Trumpies seem to be offended when people think.

      1. So let people think. For themselves. This story is about the NYT making itself look foolish.

        1. So let people think. For themselves.

          *I* will defend your right to screw up … even to evade the issue. (Read what launched the thread you’re in, while you’re … letting people think … For themselves, Trumpster)

  11. http://www.espn.com/college-fo…..-tradition

    Apparently Andrew Johnson started it, but Reagan made it a regular occurence.

  12. “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.”

    Twitter, showing us exactly how stupidly impulsive most professional reporters are since 2006.

    We understand you have been sent out to report on a fluffy event that matters not in the world of politics or sports 5 minutes after its done and it is waste of your time (though likely not a waste of your level of talent). We understand you do not like this President, but just stop making thoughtless “gotcha” stories already. Try being a professional for once.

    1. Try being a professional for once.

      You go first, Sparky.
      Like why did most of them decline to stand with the President … for the first time ever …. and why did several refuse to attend at all?

  13. “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.”

    Twitter, showing us how stupidly impulsive professional reporters are since 2006.

    We understand that this a nothing event that is not newsworthy in the long in either politics or sports and you may see it as a waste of your talents (though that is dubious). We understand that you do not like Trump, but just stop with the “gotcha” reporting. Be professional.

    1. Be professional.

      The sumbicth didn’t ap0logize deeply enough for you? (smirk)

  14. “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.”

    Twitter, showing us how stupidly impulsive professional reporters are since 2006.

    We understand that this a nothing event that is not newsworthy in the long in either politics or sports and you may see it as a waste of your talents (though that is dubious). We understand that you do not like Trump, but just stop with the “gotcha” reporting. Be professional.

  15. I assume it was meant as a joke.

  16. Unsurprising, considering that the New York Times’ front page for the last 3 months would have you believe we’re in late Weimar Germany.

    1. As crazy as you just were?

      1. Hihn knows crazy because he sees it all the time. It’s called a mirror.

        1. Stalking me down the page. Unprovoked aggression

          Hihn knows crazy because he sees it all the time. It’s called a mirror.

          https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6827560

          https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6827592

          Even his mother is ashamed of him.

          1. Stalking me down the page. Unprovoked aggression
            ::autistically responds to every comment::

            1. STILL Stalking me down the page. Unprovoked aggression Goobers be hateful.

              1. STILL whining about stalking while responding to every comment. Hyper-consistent in his lack of self-awareness.

                1. responding to every comment.

                  As he responds. (lol)
                  It’s called defense of aggression. As launched by the thug here:

                  https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6827560

                  And here.
                  https://reason.com/blog/2017/04…..nt_6827592

                  Anyone else confused on “self defense”?

                  1. “WORDS EQUALS VIOLENCE!!” whines SJW Mikey.

                    1. “WORDS EQUALS VIOLENCE!!”

                      Where, psycho? (sneer)

  17. . Ulysses S. Grant played host to the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, in 1869. The first World Series championship team feted at the White House is believed to be the 1924 Washington Senators, who visited Calvin Coolidge at the executive residence the following year.

    John F. Kennedy was the first president to welcome the NBA champions, when the Boston Celtics visited in January 1963, and the Indiana University men’s basketball team is believed to be the first NCAA champion to visit the White House when it was hosted by Gerald Ford in April 1976.

    The first Super Bowl champion to visit was the Pittsburgh Steelers, who joined the World Series-winning Pittsburgh Pirates in a dual ceremony with Jimmy Carter in February 1980.

    It was Ronald Reagan, however, who made the practice of honoring championship teams at the White House a regular occurrence. Reagan had a cooler full of popcorn dumped on him by New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson, evoking the team’s famous Gatorade celebration, in February 1987. The following year, Reagan threw a pass to Washington wide receiver Ricky Sanders.

  18. “His personal finances and the ways in which he might be using the office of presidency to enrich himself, his family, his company, and his friends should be at the center of attention as often as possible.”

    Unlike Democrat pols who feed at the public trough for decades and magically end up millionaires, Trump will most likely leave office poorer than when he entered.

    1. Trump will most likely leave office poorer than when he entered.

      From looting the federal treasury with both hands? From ALREADY spending a half-million dollars on a 2020 re-eleection AT PROPERTIES HE OWNS AND REFUSES TO SELL? From campaigning on a 60% tax cut for HIMSELF?

      He’s golfing at twice the rate of Obama … has ALREADY spent more taxpayer dollars on travel than Obama did in 8 years … mostly at his own resort. He did brag that he could openly murder somebody, in a crowd of witnesses, and not lose a single cult follower. They even put up with such a massive insult of them.

      Unlike Democrats…

      So, you’re in the shrinking minority of Americans who are still manipulated by EITHER corrupt side …. as libertarians have known for nearly a half century? (Left and right are obsolete. Left minus right equals zero.)

  19. Two things:
    1. “He’s a man who ran for office promising to stop doing things like bombing the Middle East and waited less than 90 days before going back on that promise.” – So Trump’s enforcement of Obama’s “Red Line in the Sand” constitutes the breaking of a promise. I’m sorry but I see that more as the consequences of a called-out action by Syria. Trump merely followed through on actions where Obama whiffed.

    2. “His personal finances and the ways in which he might be using the office of presidency to enrich himself, his family, his company, and his friends should be at the center of attention as often as possible.” Trump and his family were already rich coming into office. You should be more concerned about politicians becoming rich while IN office. I submit to you there’s a HELL of a lot more to be worried about there than by anything Trump Inc. could POSSIBLY do.

    1. Trump did say his cult would support him even if he shot somebody to death in plain sight. That sounded like an outrageous insult. But now we know that, if they insulate themselves in a Fox/Breitbart cave, they’d never even know it happened. And never read about the mounting corruption,

      The precious snowflakes don’t even know that he campaigned on a 60% tax cut for HIMSELF — for a top rate below much of the middle class he claims to defend.

      It SEEMED strange that he’d already be raising BIG BUNKS for a 2020 campaign … until we see that he’s already spent nearly $500,000 on properties owned by himself.

      And don’t forget his repeated promises to release his tax returns. His cult swallows the bullshit that he can’t do that while under audit … so just repeat the same lie for the goobers.

      He even GOLFS more than Obama did!

  20. During the primaries, the NYT ran a front page story on Marco Rubio and his wife having a bunch of traffic tickets. She got like one or two a year and Rubio only had like 4 in 10 years. They paid them off, took the stupid state classes to get their points down, and hired one of those cheesy TV lawyers to fight a few.

    The article was undeniably written as a hit piece, and was provided directly by a Democrat operative. Even Jon fuckin Stewart mocked them for it.

    There is a reason people go to Fox News and Breitbart. I don’t consider them any worse than the NYT or any other major news outlet.

  21. This will expose your bullshit about the Rubios,

    There is a reason people go to Fox News and Breitbart.

    Tribal caves for insulated goobers. Just as bad as the Times Editorial Page, which you admit!

    I don’t consider them any worse than the NYT or any other major news outlet.

    Proves my point. They’re BOTH written for the shrinking minority of Americans with blind loyalty to both corrupt tribes? in their Safe Zones.
    Let us know when Fox News reports the anti-Trump protester who put down her sign to save the life of a Trump protester who had collapsed, banging his head on the sidewalk. She’s a nurse.
    Fox is actually worse than the Times, which DOES report hard news. Like middle-class wages are shrinking because the best jobs are disappearing. The subprime crisis was caused by CLINTON. The Bush adminsitration kept warning about, and investigating, Fannie and Freddie. And they don’t bury the hard news like Fox buries Shep Smith.
    So, who brainwashed you with that shameless hysteria about the Rubios? Your “facts” are lies, plus it was not on Page One. Readers can click my link and THINK FOR THEMSELVES if those truly astonishing driving records were newsworthy for a Presidential candidate. Okay?

  22. At best, it’s a waste of everyone’s time,

    What? The more vapid pomp the President engages in, the better of we all are. It means less time for him to mess things up or start new wars.

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