- President Donald Trump blasted The New York Times on Thursday after its editorial board took over the paper’s opinion Twitter account to oppose Republicans’ tax plans.
- The Times, whose opinion section leans left, has long been accused of bias.
- The paper has previously defended controversial opinion articles by noting the separation between its opinion section and its news section.
- Trump also pointed to The Times’ updated social-media guidelines that caution against journalists advocating causes.
President Donald Trump on Thursday morning blasted The New York Times as being a “pipe organ for the Democrat Party” a day after The Times’ editorial board took over the paper’s broader opinion Twitter account “to urge the Senate to reject a tax bill” that it said “hurts the middle class and the nation’s fiscal health.”
“They are wrong so often that now I know we have a winner!” Trump tweeted, also returning to his familiar refrain of calling the paper “failing.”
Trump followed up by tweeting that The Times had “totally gone against the Social Media Guidelines that they installed to preserve some credibility after many of their biased reporters went Rogue!”
The Times updated its social-media guidelines in October, calling for its journalists “to take extra care to avoid expressing partisan opinions or editorializing on issues that The Times is covering,” so as not to make the organization appear biased. Its opinion section, however, is considered separate from its newsroom.
On Wednesday, with the Senate set to vote on whether to move forward with the GOP tax plan (it ultimately decided to do so), The Times’ opinion section’s Twitter account announced that the editorial board would temporarily run the account, and it then sent more than a dozen tweets encouraging people to contact their senators opposing the plan.
Contact @SenatorCollins, (202) 224-2523, particularly if you live in Maine, and ask her to oppose the Senate tax bill because it would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate, driving up the cost of health insurance. #thetaxbillhurts pic.twitter.com/id69OJ4CPC
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 29, 2017
The Times has long defended more controversial articles in its generally left-leaning opinion section as not representing a bias in its newsroom, but observers – such as Trump in this case – often overlook the distinction between the two.
Reporters in the newsroom are expected not to advocate certain outcomes or views, but editorials part from that by taking a stand meant to convey the consensus within the editorial board, a team of journalists overseen by the paper’s publisher.
Trump has often blasted The Times and other media outlets for their coverage of him.