USA Today warps Brady’s words on White House visit (updated)

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Earlier this month, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen explained the reluctance of NFL players to talk politics. Among other things, he expressed a concern that political comments would “be misinterpreted and then have your thoughts misconstrued for a catchy headline.”

And so, of course, comments from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Tuesday’s PFT Live were misconstrued for a catchy headline at USA Today.

“Everybody has their own choice,” Brady said regarding whether players should go to the White House. “There’s certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule — we didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I’d been planning for months and couldn’t get there. . . . It really is a great experience. Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”

Enter USA Today, which has as its headline, its tweet, and the first line of the story the notion that Tom Brady believes his teammates should be “putting politics aside.”

He used those three words, his message definitely wasn’t that his teammates should be “putting politics aside.” The end result is a classic case of misconstruing thoughts for a catchy headline, and it’s a prime example of why it’s so hard to persuade athletes to talk about politics. Or, in some cases, to talk at all, about anything.

Brady wasn’t even addressing politics. He said “putting politics aside” in order to explain why he has chosen in the past to go or not to go to the White House. He neither said nor implied that any of his teammates should “put politics aside” when deciding whether they should or shouldn’t go.

Of course, that won’t matter. The headline has been crafted and the tweet has flown. Many will believe that Brady has publicly urged his teammates who may decided not to participate in the White House visit for political reasons that they should be “putting politics aside,” even though he. Never. Said. That.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. ET: USA Today has revised its story. Which is admirable. But not nearly as admirable as not misconstruing his words would have been.

146 responses to “USA Today warps Brady’s words on White House visit (updated)

  1. And they wonder why pretty much NOBODY trusts anything coming from the mainstream media these days. Even more shocking still, these are the same clowns telling us to beware of “fake news” despite the fact the mainstream media have been the very worst purveyors of fake news.

  2. Kudos Florio, for rising above the media’s lowest common denominator. Just goes to show it’s never too late!

  3. Hey all you Trumpkins, while manipulation of headlines is a problem, it is not concerning an invented story and therefore not “fake news”. Fake news is what Trump and his pro-Russian traitors try to peddle through DELIBERATE falsehoods and lies.

  4. purpleguy says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:21 PM
    It’s easy — attend because you respect the office of President regardless of the placeholder.
    —————————————————
    Why should you just flatly respect the office?

  5. The News Media in 2017….

    If you don’t watch. read or listen to the news you are considered uninformed….

    If you watch. read or listen to the news you are considered misinformed….

    Go Figure……

  6. Brady is a sharp guy who knows how to say all the right things. In all likelihood his decision not to go to the White House was motivated by politics but he was smart enough to not say so and therefore he didn’t have to deal with the inevitable fallout.
    I have to say that I really like the Patriots as a team. They conduct themselves the right way and they almost universally seem like likable guys. What i really don’t like is their fans. They’re the most classless, graceless, petty people on the planet. That’s what most of you don’t understand: We don’t hate your team because were jealous or because we’re “haters” or because they’re good it’s because of the way YOU act. I mean you just won the Super Bowl and you can’t even drop your petty hatred of Roger Goodell for a few minutes to celebrate. Please just try to remember that pride comes before the fall and you’re not always going to be in the situation you are right now. If you can’t find it within yourselves to be good winners please expect to be treated very harshly when the tables turn.

  7. The saddest thing is the media today doesn’t even try to be truthful.

    For example there was an article in Bleacher Report about rooting for the Falcons because they Patriots supported the Muslim Ban.

    There was no “Muslim” Ban. No editorial integrity whatsoever.

    Honestly, I could care less if guys go or not. Too busy enjoying the 5th Lombardi Trophy to get caught up in that.

  8. It’s the mainstream media, aka fake news.

    Their lies have cost millions of people their lives, tens of millions their jobs, and many trillions of dollars…. just this century.

    6 corporations control over 90 percent of the ‘media’ here in America. From tv, movies, web, to print.

    When they people that make the bombs, make the newspapers, it’s no surprise the media harps about enemies everywhere. It’s good business.

    But not good for Americans. Russia this. Iraq that.

    Bush=Obama, and Trump might deserve an equal as well at some point… but not yet. However according to the media Obama was a saint, and anything Trump does (including anything Obama also did) is the worst thing EVA.

    You must take mainstream media as lying first, if you don’t, you’re a fool.

    So, a headline like Brady’s words be twisted… of course, it’s par for the course.

  9. The people who purposely do things that should get canned. It’s flat-out wrong to do, and worse, dangerous in terms of its consequences.

    Just like the person (or persons) who knowingly and surreptitiously leaked the false “11 of 12 balls measured a full 2 PSI under normal” in order to cement public opinion, creating the Deflategate sham, and wrongly alter Brady’s public image forever.

  10. It’s the difference between people who are used to being given participation trophies and actually winning. Participation trophy peoples heads are imploding and they have no idea how to handle losing.

  11. USA Today has little if any value. Tom Brady could write something on a bar napkin and it would be held in higher regard than anything USA Today has ever written or will ever write.

  12. This is exactly what the liberal media does regularly in attempts to de-legitimize their opposition’s point of view. It’s disgusting. They in-turn will go kiss the butt of the person or people they share the same political beliefs.

  13. USA Today – The leading national publisher of newspeak fake news.

    But they are not alone. Most of the mainstream media outlets (TV, radio, newspapers, online) have no real morals anymore. They will gladly sell off their journalistic integrity for a few more clicks, or more copies sold, intentionally and knowingly twist facts and misquote someone to imply something that was never intended.

    Regardless of what you think of him, the president is absolutely right about one thing: the mainstream media in this country is is very dishonest and manipulative. And the naive American public gobbles it all up as factual and forms their opinions based on these lies.

  14. MSM just pumpin’ out more of the anti-Trump propaganda. How desperate. And tiring.

    Anyone with half a brain has figured out main stream media news is mostly fake or twisted to fit it’s own agenda. Especially the likes of CNN, MS_ _ _, Washington Post, New York Times, etc.

  15. You no longer respect the Office of President means you don’t respect the people who put him in the Office, you don’t respect our electoral process, and, by extension, you don’t respect our government structure. Hey man, maybe you need a new country? Mexico is available.

  16. The Correction/Clarification isn’t much better, and they’re sticking with the misleading tweet/headline. It’s just thoroughly depressing to read the replies. Neither “side” cares what’s true anymore.

  17. This is why many people do not like or trust any media outlets. Almost all of them do this, including the author of this piece. Today’s journalists believe it is their job to sway opinion. It isn’t. Their job is to provide objective facts and hold the powers that be accountable–when accountability is appropriate. Sadly, a great majority of journalists in every field of specialty start each day, each interview and each story with a preconceived agenda driving the train. Most of us are sick of it but nothing can be done. The media rely on the stupid among us to believe what they say. They shape opinions and foment anger and fear in order to achieve a passionate response because of clicks, views, sales and the almighty dollar. There is no journalism anymore. There are simply a bunch of opinionated dolts who use their positions to recruit more dolts.

  18. “… misconstruing his words…” is a cop-out like the term popular in legal circles, “disingenuous.”

    Why not just say it the way people understand it: … flat-out, maliciously lying…?

  19. “Exactly why the media and their left wing political agenda is as dangerous and corrupt as any enemy this country has ever faced.”

    Since all the media corps are owned by bigger ones, the threat is actually the corporate influence peddlers, not the new corps they use to put out whatever message they want.

    Our politicians have spent the last 40 years passing laws to allow corrupt influence peddling the like of which the constitution was written to prevent happening. Both parties are utterly and totally corrupt at this point. Dems, GOP, doesn’t matter, they all engage in treason on a daily basis.

  20. So awesome seeing the GOAT mentioned so much today. 🙂

    Well deserved. Say it with me Patriot Hater!

    ALL HAIL THE KING.

    ALL HAIL THE KING.

    ALL HAIL THE KING.

    ALL HAIL THE KING.

    ALL HAIL THE KING.

  21. The media does this all the time, mostly because their articles are drafted by inexperienced 20-somethings. If you are an expert on something and read an article about it in any major paper you will immediately start seeing inaccuracies or outright mistakes. Yet we assume they must be right about things we know less about. It is scary because few people have time to check the source material or get up to speed on everything. Plus papers have blurred the line between fact reporting and slanted editorials. I trust few papers anymore.

  22. Nice to see all the well informed comments, its actually a breath of fresh air. It’s ironic how NONE of today’s media outlets/journalists follow the creed set in 1914 by Walter Williams.

    The Journalist’s Creed

    I believe in the profession of journalism.

    I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.

    I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

    I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

    I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

    I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

    I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

    I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

  23. Tom Brady couldn’t reschedule “shopping for an iphone” to visit the White House? Because that’s what he was doing that day.

  24. I find it very interesting that a number of comments here are only pointing out the liberal media as ‘fake news’ outlets. while true, apparently they haven’t noticed the conservative ones that are exactly the same way.

    I suppose that people on both sides tend to believe ‘news’ that matches their beliefs and not believe the ‘fake news’ that doesn’t.

  25. Not surprised. Wen will news organizations be held accountable for inaccuracy in reporting? I heard the interview and the headline totally misrepresents what Brady said. ESPN, USA Today, the NY Times, NBC, CNN, etc., all forward their agenda with fake news, hiding under the auspices of portraying themselves as real, hard news. Ridiculous.

  26. harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 1:09 PM

    Our politicians have spent the last 40 years passing laws to allow corrupt influence peddling the like of which the constitution was written to prevent happening. Both parties are utterly and totally corrupt at this point. Dems, GOP, doesn’t matter, they all engage in treason on a daily basis.

    ———

    and to top it all off, we have campaign financing run amok. big-money entities set the parties’ agendas, and if incumbent politicians don’t follow the agenda, then they’ll face a new candidate in the primary that gets all the big-money funding.

    this is our ‘democracy’ today.

  27. As a diehard Pats fan of 35 years, Brady did this to himself. The millisecond he put that hat in his locker, I knew it was a lot of trouble.

    He’s so stupid at times, not aware of his status in society.

    What did he think would happen? Is he aware he’s married to Giselle and once had a moat being built outside his mansion in LA?

    I mean, good grief.

    Not the best way to endear yourself to the region and community.

    Will he offer up free “p-grabs” at his Best Buddies charity event this June with the Kennedys standing by?

  28. Fake news. Just like when they claim all these protests are a “grass roots” movement, when most are hired professional protesters.

  29. @harrisonhits2: You know how I feel about the patsies.

    But, I always concur with your thoughts on our current state of affair as Americans.

    Always well said and to the point and I couldnt agree more.

    Carry on.

    Go ‘Merica

  30. People who see everything in terms of left vs. right are a huge part of the problem. Keep in mind that Boston is a very liberal city that loves Tom Brady, who is the friend of a fairly right-wing President.

    Sports reporters aren’t part of some giant conspiracy. They’re just acting on their presumptions. And a lot of them have bought into the nonsense that the NFL sells, and have come to resent Brady’s success. (That the NFL tears down its biggest star instead of promoting him shows just how misplaced Goodell’s priorities are.)

    Sports writers just love the opportunity to stir up trouble with the Patriots. That’s why they’re trying so hard to create a controversy here. They really want to divide the Patriots’ locker room, and go as far to mislead the public about what Brady said. It’s a cheap and easy way to be a reporter. It’s much easier to make up a story as opposed to do actual reporting.

  31. 345snarkavenue says:
    Feb 14, 2017 1:16 PM
    I find it very interesting that a number of comments here are only pointing out the liberal media as ‘fake news’ outlets. while true, apparently they haven’t noticed the conservative ones that are exactly the same way.

    I suppose that people on both sides tend to believe ‘news’ that matches their beliefs and not believe the ‘fake news’ that doesn’t.

    Unfortunately, I think you’re right…but the fact is, FOX is just as guilty as the rest…they just sway to the other side.

    After the last six months or so, I don’t read anything without my “what agenda does this guy have” lens on. Hard to believe much of anything these days, which is a travesty…but I really don’t know what can be done about it.

  32. It used to be that the news “media” would present the news in neutral format. In other words they would let the readers/listeners/watchers for their own educated ideas and beliefs and not try to influence their decisions.

  33. Imagine that, twisting someone’s words to craft a headline or drive an agenda. That could be alarming if it becomes a trend…oh, wait

  34. Respect has to be earned. It is not earned by sitting at a big desk. As they say in Texas, “all hat no cattle.”

    When the guy in the chair at the big desk earns some respect, I’ll respect the “office.”

    So far, he’s heading in the wrong direction.

    Every day.

  35. What about Woody Johnson? He doesnt face the wrath of the mass media? I guess he’s irrelevant, because he’s not on the Patriots or because the Jets suck, so people don’t care. Or maybe, because he’s from New York?

  36. And people wonder why just about no one trusts the media these days (yes Fox News is included).

  37. @kcnative

    I live in NH….I like to listen to radio. I can get one liberal talk show and a whole host of conservative ones. I can’t believe people actually follow these shows on a regular basis as the bias is staggering.

    I have found myself listening more and more to locally produced PBS broadcasts, and although they tend to focus mainly on local/state issues, at least when they discuss a topic they usually have people from both sides of the issue on to give their (usually totally opposite) views.

  38. jimmysee says:
    Feb 14, 2017 1:45 PM
    Respect has to be earned. It is not earned by sitting at a big desk. As they say in Texas, “all hat no cattle.”

    When the guy in the chair at the big desk earns some respect, I’ll respect the “office.”

    So far, he’s heading in the wrong direction.

    Every day.

    _________

    and the guy in the “big office” previously did so much to inspire? Was that by dividing Americans by politics/race/religion/sex, ignoring immigration law or putting the country in a worse position literally everywhere in the world that lead you to such admiration?

    Is Trump all that good? How do I know, he somehow doesn’t even have a cabinet yet (an no, for the record, I did not vote for him). But to act like he’s doing something different than every other POTUS in history, is dishonest at best

  39. If only BSPN had of extended the same courtesy about the PSI levels that they also knew to be incorrect & misleading…..
    No Integrity….ROGER THAT!!!

  40. Tom Brady can probably visit the POTUS or the SCROTUS any day of the week, so the fact that he did not reschedule long standing family commitments is no big deal to me. At least he is handling it with some dignity.

    Even as a Pats fan though, the “all hail…” BS posts from some fans on every Pats related post is getting old and weak. Win with some class guys, being boorish like that is a reason for people to dislike your (our) team.

  41. Fake news has been around for decades! Way back in the 1990s, I was involved in a small breakthrough in some science research. My boss initially refused to talk to the media – saying they misreport everything. I was keen, however, because my name had never been in the papers. In the end, he agreed to an interview with the University’s own press office, so long as we could edit the draft copy. Draft copy duly came with lots of errors, which we corrected. The next day the University published an error-strewn version, including getting my title and position wrong. A couple of days later my 5 minutes of “fame” reached NPR and LA Times, except even my name, and half the project’s details were wrong. My boss laughed “told you so” and I vowed never to speak to media again.

  42. Anybody see the photos that have popped up today showing the patriots team photo with the president at the White House during their previous 4 visits? It’s pretty interesting. The first 3 it looked like about 2/3 of the team. The last one looked like almost the entire team, to include on players as well. Not going to the White House is nothing new. But all of a sudden the liberal media is rock hard to point out that this is such a profound statement against that evil doer in the Oval Office. News flash to everyone, nothing has changed. All this talk about how trump is ruining the country is garbage. Your life, as well as everyone else’s life hasn’t changed in any way, shape, or form since he became president. I really don’t want to listen to the “everyone gets a trophy” crowd whine and cry for the next 4 years

  43. streetyson says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:25 PM

    Fake news has been around for decades! Way back in the 1990s, I was involved in a small breakthrough in some science research. My boss initially refused to talk to the media – saying they misreport everything. I was keen, however, because my name had never been in the papers. In the end, he agreed to an interview with the University’s own press office, so long as we could edit the draft copy. Draft copy duly came with lots of errors, which we corrected. The next day the University published an error-strewn version, including getting my title and position wrong. A couple of days later my 5 minutes of “fame” reached NPR and LA Times, except even my name, and half the project’s details were wrong. My boss laughed “told you so” and I vowed never to speak to media again.
    ========================

    You should read “Rising Tide” by John Barry. You will see that newspapers writing biased agenda-driven articles has been going on for a long time – probably since the very first newspapers.

  44. The MSMedia lies.

    You don’t realize it until you see the same events reported from different countries and then you realize that the US Media is no better than that which existed in the Soviet Union or North Korea.

    Only a fool gives them money or credibility.

    #FakeNews and everyone knows it.

  45. Ha, I stopped paying attention to the USA Today a while back. It’s a shame, I liked it at one time. I trusted it at one time.

  46. The media is completely agenda motivated..sad that it has come to this. CNN/MSN total waste of time. What you see there is basically whatever agenda they are promoting. MSN was always my favorite site, but I recently removed them from my favorites sites.

  47. sumkat says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:09 PM
    jimmysee says:
    Feb 14, 2017 1:45 PM
    Respect has to be earned. It is not earned by sitting at a big desk. As they say in Texas, “all hat no cattle.”

    When the guy in the chair at the big desk earns some respect, I’ll respect the “office.”

    So far, he’s heading in the wrong direction.

    Every day.

    _________

    and the guy in the “big office” previously did so much to inspire? Was that by dividing Americans by politics/race/religion/sex, ignoring immigration law or putting the country in a worse position literally everywhere in the world that lead you to such admiration?

    Is Trump all that good? How do I know, he somehow doesn’t even have a cabinet yet (an no, for the record, I did not vote for him). But to act like he’s doing something different than every other POTUS in history, is dishonest at best

    ————————————————————

    The last guy in the office is a hero.

    What did he do (were you asleep?)

    For starters:

    Passed Health Care Reform. (20 million more insured)

    Rescued the Economy from the Bush crash

    Passed Wall Street Reform

    Saved the US auto industry

    Negotiated a Deal to Block A Nuclear Iran

    Secured U.S. Commitment to a Global Agreement on Climate Change

    Eliminated Osama bin Laden

    Deported more illegals than any other president

    …. all in the face of unrelenting opposition from the other side.

    He’s a hero.

    The present guy. Don’t see it.

  48. trajan2448 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:56 PM

    USA today should fire this infantile reporter for such a flagrant breach of ethics.

    ———————————————————

    The reporter doesn’t write the headline; that’s the editor’s job.

    The reporter writes the story.

  49. Just here to read the unending, fawning adulation PFT commenters have for Donald Trump, the silver spoon game show host-turned-president.

  50. the last guy in office is a hero for passing the worst healthcare legislation in US history? The worst economic and job growth of any President in a century? As bad or worse track record of crony capitalism than the Bush’s? Handed hundreds of millions of dollars over to Iranian terrorists while they continued to build nuclear weapons? Created ISIS? Had an as bad or worse Middle East policy than Bush? Created essentially an open borders policy with Mexico? Never missed an opportunity to bash the US every time he went overseas? Went out of his way to sabotage the next President? Repeatedly blamed America for Islamic terror attacks?
    yea, real heroic. Good riddance to the community agitator who was one of the worst Presidents in US history

  51. purpleguy says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:21 PM

    It’s easy — attend because you respect the office of President regardless of the placeholder.
    ********************************************
    People are locked up for less in many other countries. Try taking a view from afar. If you do you will realize that the Country you call home is a pretty remarkable place. Kraft was right. This falls under the heading of “free speech”. That and mother’s apple pie is what America is supposed to be about and what TRULY makes America great. You should be fighting for this, or at least not getting bent out of shape over it.

  52. the last guy in office is a hero for passing the worst healthcare legislation in US history? Depends who you ask. millions love it, millions hate it. In any case, it has stalled the rise of healthcare costs for the first time in decades.

    The worst economic and job growth of any President in a century? No. Try again.

    As bad or worse track record of crony capitalism than the Bush’s? Presidents don’t have the power to change *entire economic systems*.

    Handed hundreds of millions of dollars over to Iranian terrorists while they continued to build nuclear weapons? Obama unfroze $400 million of payments that were due to Iran in 1979. That was their money all along, he simply stopped withholding it.

    Created ISIS? HAHAHAH, you’re the kind of guy who gets his news from bumper stickers, aren’t you?

    Had an as bad or worse Middle East policy than Bush? Uhhh, no. Obama’s foreign policy was a direct response to to the unmitigated (and completely unnecessary) DISASTER created by the Bush administration.

    Created essentially an open borders policy with Mexico? Mexican-American immigration is at the lowest levels in 20 years, and Obama deported more illegal aliens than any president in history.

    Never missed an opportunity to bash the US every time he went overseas? Again, you’re the type of person who looks at Trump and sees an intelligent, classy person. I can’t imagine what you would consider “bashing the US” to be — maybe speaking in full sentences?

    Went out of his way to sabotage the next President? LOL, indulge me. Was Obama Trump’s real dad? Did he raise Trump to be an incompetent joke?

    Repeatedly blamed America for Islamic terror attacks? Never once happened, but again…you probably saw it on a bumper sticker.

  53. There are more white supremacists in the white house than you’d find at a Ku Klux Klan rally, but don’t expect the right wing media to report on that. None of that has anything to do with Tom Brady. He’s just a ball player (and his wife will kick his butt if he says anything stupid).

  54. The last guy in the office is a hero.

    What did he do (were you asleep?)

    For starters:

    Passed Health Care Reform. (20 million more insured) * because if you didnt have insurance it was a penalty at the end of the year when you do your taxes * free country right?

    Rescued the Economy from the Bush crash * Economy is was in more debt by the time he left *

    Passed Wall Street Reform

    Saved the US auto industry * you mean gave them billions of dollars because they dont want to lower the price of their cars? *

    Negotiated a Deal to Block A Nuclear Iran * Gave iran 1.5 billion dollars for nothing they are still building nukes *

    Secured U.S. Commitment to a Global Agreement on Climate Change * lmao i thought it was global warming, now its climate change? *

    Eliminated Osama bin Laden * did he do this while on vacation because he spent more american tax dollars on vacation than all other presidents combined *

    Deported more illegals than any other president * and let in more than any other president *

    …. all in the face of unrelenting opposition from the other side.

    He’s a hero.

    The present guy. Don’t see it.

  55. Fixed it for you.

    jimmysee says:Feb 14, 2017 3:55 PM

    The last guy in the office is a hero.

    What did he do (were you asleep?)

    For starters:

    Passed Health Care Reform. (20 million more insured) that no one can afford going forward.

    Rescued the Economy from the Bush crash caused by Bill Clinton de-regulation.

    Passed Wall Street Reform that will be repealed because it doesn’t/hasn’t worked.

    Saved the US auto industry. We spent 49 billion dollars to bail out a car manufacturer with a 28 billion dollar market cap. In other words, we spent 49 billion to save a company worth 28 billion.

    Negotiated a Deal to Block A Nuclear Iran and now they’re testing ballistic missiles after Obama gave them more than $400 Billion in cash.

    Secured U.S. Commitment to a Global Agreement on Climate Change

    Eliminated Osama bin Laden as a result of enhanced interrogation techniques by the Bush administration.

    Deported more illegals than any other president and then allowed more back in than any other president.

    …. all in the face of unrelenting opposition from the other side.

    He’s a hero because he gave himself an award!

    The present guy. Don’t see it.

  56. tonyzendejas :
    Obamacare stalled the rise of healthcare costs?? Are you out of your mind? Obamacare has sent premiums skyrocketing to the point state healthcare programs in places like Minnesota and Arizona are about to go bankrupt. If you are going to blatantly lie about this subject it calls into serious question everything else you have to say.
    Umm, yes. Obama’s track record of economic growth has been the worst of any President in a century. the US economy not once eclipsed even 3 percent growth in his entire Presidency. Job growth slowed to a near standstill this year and has been most terrible throughout. I’m sorry you are in denial about this.
    Obama promised change, and then changed not a thing from Bush’s economic policies. Make all the excuses you want, thats a fact.
    Iran has one of the most abominable human rights records in the world and has been a state sponsor of terrorism since the 1970’s. Now they have $400 million more to send to Hamas and Hezbollah. The deal with Iran was a disaster on every front whether you clowns want to make excuses for it or not.
    ISIS came as a result of Obama’s poor Middle East policy. Thats a fact whether you want to play the blame-it-all-on-Bush game or not. Finger pointing seems to be all the loony left wing Obama apologists seem to be good at.
    So propping up the vile Muslim Brotherhood, assassinating Ghadafi and all of Obama Hussein’s laughable red lines in the sand in Syria were all Bush’s fault? Spare me. Obama’s Middle East policy was an unmitigated, incompetent disaster whether you want to admit it or not. Finger pointing at Bush won’t change that snowflake.
    cherry picking numbers for illegal immigration doesn’t change Obama’s horrid catch and release policy along the Southern border and the fact the numbers are SLIGHTLY down from previous years is irrelevant.
    Obama’s overseas speeches were a disgrace any way you want to slice it and whining about Trump won’t change that.
    Obama’s lectures on Islamaphobia after terror attacks in San Bernadino and Orlando are well documented snowflake. Its one of the reasons Americans are fed up and why Obama and his policies were dropped kicked out of Washington last November.

  57. jjfootball says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:22 PM

    CORRUPT TEAM, AND A CORRUPT PRESIDENT, SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
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    Why must you always yell? Bitter?

  58. thermalito says:
    Feb 14, 2017 4:32 PM
    the last guy in office is a hero for passing the worst healthcare legislation in US history? The worst economic and job growth of any President in a century? As bad or worse track record of crony capitalism than the Bush’s? Handed hundreds of millions of dollars over to Iranian terrorists while they continued to build nuclear weapons? Created ISIS? Had an as bad or worse Middle East policy than Bush? Created essentially an open borders policy with Mexico? Never missed an opportunity to bash the US every time he went overseas? Went out of his way to sabotage the next President? Repeatedly blamed America for Islamic terror attacks?
    yea, real heroic. Good riddance to the community agitator who was one of the worst Presidents in US history.

    Amen

  59. If the media wants to twist the words of politicians to mislead the public that’s fine…but don’t mess with something we actually care about like our NFL players. You will be held accountable.

  60. bmacwillconn says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:27 PM
    Exactly why the media and their left wing political agenda is as dangerous and corrupt as any enemy this country has ever faced. *****

    It is actually the right-wing media that most often, by a mile, uses the fake news tactic.

  61. purpleguy says: It’s easy — attend because you respect the office of President regardless of the placeholder.
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    Only if the President himself respects the office.

    There has been NO indication that he does.

    That’s a BIG problem. You can’t respect someone who doesn’t respect this country or his office.

    The President of the United States should not routinely lie as this one has on everything from whether it was raining during his inauguration to whether he knew his own appointed National Security Adviser was a Security Risk for 20 days and did nothing – which would be an impeachable offense.

  62. People who see everything in terms of left vs. right are a huge part of the problem. Keep in mind that Boston is a very liberal city that loves Tom Brady, who is the friend of a fairly right-wing President.

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    Extremely well said. I’m one of the MA leftists that still loves BB and Brady and Kraft. I also have tons of conservative friends. I hate the people that say “if you don’t go to WhiteHouse an meet Prez, you’re disrespecting the USA” also hate the people that chastise Kraft, Brady, and BB for supporting Trump. Also hate the people that hate the MSM and call the MSM fake news…They just don’t want to hear anything that is against their religion…i mean political leaning. Politics has become religion and it is very disturbing. Extremes don’t work, a blend of the two needs to happen people!

  63. This type of thing happens constantly to anything and anyone involving Trump. The media hates Trump and they’ll stop at nothing to make sure you hate him too.

  64. Wow – just as the last election showed, these comments overwhelmingly prove that you can never underestimate the stupidity of the American people. Yeah, keep watching FOX News while Trump gets impeached and his crew of lying traitors are indicted – then eventually you’ll all be flushed down the toilet of history.

  65. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:36 PM

    I have to say that I really like the Patriots as a team. … … What i really don’t like is their fans. They’re the most classless, graceless, petty people on the planet.
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    couldn’t agree more … they’re just like Packers, Steelers, Raider, Cowboy, Seahawk, Ravens, Vikings, Dolphin, Giants, Panther, Bronco Fans … the nerve of them.

  66. POLITICS has no place in sports.
    period end of story…..

    All media is bias one way or the other. It’s their job to try to shape your views.

    but the larger, more important point, is that POLITICS has no place in sports…

  67. I think if there is one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that the original “Fake News” revolved around Spygate and continued into FrameGate

    Goodell continues to openly and boldly lie when it’s clear that the PSI of the Patriots footballs was MORE than the footballs in the Giants/Steelers game – even though it was colder in Foxboro.

    The NFL affirmed the “deflation” was natural in the Giants game – but won’t admit the same for the Patriots, nor will they release the PSI collected from ALL games as Goodell originally promised.

    The “Fake News” in Spygate started with a fan base that was clueless about the legality of filming and stealing signals – followed by an ACTUAL fake story by the Boston Herald – later retracted – that still has fans and even players like Marshall Faulk asserting false “facts” that the Patriots spyed on Practices – a complete fabrication viewed as “true” by many.

    And while the media does make mistakes, if anyone is deluding themselves at the volume of outright lies coming from the White House I have only pity for them

  68. I have been a Patriots fan since 1961. I have voted for only one Republican in my life. I have great admiration for Brady, Belichick and Kraft. I think it is obnoxious when Bill Maher attacks Brady for supporting Trump, an accomplished businessman that Brady had a friendship with long before he entered politics. I also found it obnoxious that Trump constantly used Brady’s and Belichick’s names during the campaign, especially in New Hampshire and Maine. Both Maher and Trump used these individuals to promote their own narrative.

    Kraft was sitting at a table of six at Mara Lago with Trump and Abe last week. I certainly don’t look askance at Kraft for doing so; rather, I am impressed at how connected Kraft is.

    Cutting oneself off from individuals that may or may not share your political views is stifling. You can learn from and appreciate people with different views and you don’t have to sell your soul in doing so.

  69. After seeing kaepernicks antics, seemingly daily arrest reports, the league threatening texas over its bathroom laws, players boycotting the white house trip after winning the sb, and players backing out of their israel trip after getting a letter from people like danny glover, etc, i called directv to cancel my automatic renewal of sunday ticket. I have simply had enough. I will not purchase any merchandise in the future and will watch only when i can watch for free. The nfl as well as its players should stick to football.

  70. Amazing how things have changed in a few short years. CNN has turned into the National Enquirer and you now have to read five articles from different sources to come close to concluding what reality is.

  71. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:54 PM
    I can sum up all the rights insults in four words:
    1-participation trophy
    2-snowflake
    3-safe space
    4-(insert disparaging term) millennials

    You people sound incredibly ridiculous. Time for some new material.

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    You mean there is more?

  72. chocopoppy says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:32 PM
    Hey all you Trumpkins, while manipulation of headlines is a problem, it is not concerning an invented story and therefore not “fake news”. Fake news is what Trump and his pro-Russian traitors try to peddle through DELIBERATE falsehoods and lies.

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    So putting politics aside………oh never mind.

  73. Who cares? A slick conman nailed for fraud multiple times is the US President…a congenital liar.

    What on god’s green earth do I care whether some millionaire manchildren visit the Crook in Chief?

    And to refresh your memory, Brady destroyed his phone, i.e., evidence, during an ongoing NFL investigation. He should have been suspended for the entire season at least.

    That’s not spin. Those are the facts.

  74. So if there was no such thing as bullygate Spygate deflategate and bountygate where were the NFL be? Rodger Goodell is nothing if not a marketing genius. We all hate him but he’s managed to make thousands of us to come besides like this and complain.

  75. chocopoppy says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:32 PM
    “Hey all you Trumpkins, while manipulation of headlines is a problem, it is not concerning an invented story and therefore not “fake news”. ”

    The problem with your statement is that by and large most of the public never gets past the headlines, as is proven on this web site on a daily basis.

    So, how about publishing photographs of the capitol mall area hours before the inauguration and intentionally misleading the entire country to believe that nobody went to see the current president being sworn in? The intent was obvious to continue the lefty attempt to discredit the election.

    And then when the white house says that these stories were complete hogwash (which was true) and that it was the largest attendance worldwide (which is unproveable, but unimportant, the main point being there was a lot of people there and watching from home) suddenly this claim is a serious lie and all the liberals are rioting in the streets.

    I would not be too keen on self identifying myself with the riotous liberals right about now.

  76. The tweet was misleading. Neither the title of the article nor the article itself were misleading. Let’s not all claim the MSM lies until we do a little research ourselves, eh?

  77. I’m so glad people are waking up to what the media really is = DIVIDE AND CONQUER, ORDER FROM CHAOS!

  78. Brady is a Football QB and is smart enough to know what he doesn’t know about politics. Sports writers don’t know anything either, but they are not as smart.

  79. USA Today isn’t a broadsheet like the NYT or the Washington Post—it’s a borderline right-leaning tabloid, so I would expect it to manipulate or sensationalize headlines in order to get eyeballs or clicks.

    But what’s really hilarious is how rife this thread is with kool-aid drinking Trumpsters. At a certain point, even an alt-right knuckle-dragger has to wake up to the fact that we have a certified wacko in the White House. Thursday’s press conference was the icing on the fruitcake.

  80. PFT has been the fairest news slant re Tom Brady. For the record: TB has always tried to be classy and diplomatic and above politics, but outside forces keep trying to drag him into the mud.

  81. Kudos to Florio for not letting USA Today get away with it anymore. It isn’t the first time they’ve written a totally inaccurate story involving Brady. Nancy Armour wrote a scathing article about Brady and “deflategate” a couple years ago which was filled with innuendos, inaccuracies and flagrant lies. She and USA Today lost all credibility with that article designed to sully a mans reputation and career. Instead, the poison penned words said way more about Armour and USA Today than it did about Brady.

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