On Saturday, the New York Times published an article that allegedly outlined the White House “after dark.”
The article claimed the new administration operated at night, although there were complications:
“Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room.”
Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, the authors of the piece, claimed the account was based on interviews with “dozens of government officials, congressional aides, former staff members, and other observers of the new administration.”
Their sources requested to remain anonymous, so none of them are named.
“The failing New York Times writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated the president’s statement to an Associated Press reporter. He said the story was “so riddled with inaccuracies and lies that they owe the president an apology.”
When asked for an example of what was inaccurate, Spicer didn’t discuss any of the “blatant lies” about the president’s policies or success record. Instead, he focused on one of the descriptions of the scene in the White House:
“When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe…”
Spicer defended the president and told reporters, “I don’t think the president owns a bathrobe.”
The seemingly peculiar example of the “fake news” published by the New York Times sparked an excited debate on Twitter.
Some users pointed to Trump’s claim to fame as proof of his bathrobe ownership:
.@seanspicer Trump has hotels. Each room has a bathrobe. There's probably a warehouse full of bathrobes. He definitely has a bathrobe.
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) February 6, 2017
User Jack Ferry wondered what WikiLeaks was spending its time doing, if not researching this mystery:
Hey @wikileaks, get off your asses and release evidence of Trump's bathrobe already! Da fuq we paying you for??
— Jack Ferry (@jackferry99) February 6, 2017
Apparently, other presidents have also joined the bathrobe movement:
— Avi Bueno (@AviAhvee) February 6, 2017
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 6, 2017
According to one MSNBC contributor, presidents, like normal people, should feel no shame in their bathrobes:
Also, why wouldn't Donald Trump own a bathrobe? I own a bathrobe.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) February 6, 2017
One user questioned what experiences lead Sean Spicer to make this claim:
I'm very curious as to what Sean Spicer has seen to make him say that Trump doesn't own a bathrobe
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) February 6, 2017
Finally, New York Magazine contributor Yashar revealed some damning evidence:
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) February 6, 2017
After Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election, the New York Times issued an apology to readers for its inaccurate coverage of his support.
However, of the current controversy, the paper’s vice president of communications Danielle Rhoades said, “we stand by our story,” in an email to The Hill.