Trump calls NYT ‘a virtual lobbyist’ against GOP tax bill

President Trump lashed out at the New York Times on Thursday after the newspaper’s editorial board published the office numbers of Republican senators on Twitter, urging readers to call to oppose the GOP tax reform bill.

“The Failing @nytimes, the pipe organ for the Democrat Party, has become a virtual lobbyist for them with regard to our massive Tax Cut Bill,” Trump tweeted. “They are wrong so often that now I know we have a winner!”

“The Failing @nytimes has totally gone against the Social Media Guidelines that they installed to preserve some credibility after many of their biased reporters went Rogue!” the president added, tagging his favorite morning television program, “Fox & Friends.”

Last month, the Times unveiled a new set of social media guidelines for its newsroom. Among other things, the paper asked all its reporters — not just those covering politics — to refrain from partisan messages on social media. But Clifford Levy, the paper’s deputy managing editor who co-authored the guidelines, tweeted that they apply to the Times’ newsroom and not its opinion section.

On Wednesday, the editorial board took control of the Twitter feed for the Times’ opinion section, tweeting out the office phone numbers for key GOP lawmakers — including Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake — in a deliberate effort to oppose the version of the tax bill currently up for debate in the U.S. Senate.

“The editorial board has been writing for weeks about concerns over the tax legislation pending in Congress,” a New York Times spokeswoman told Politico on Wednesday. “This was an experiment in using a different platform to get that message out. We emphasized to our audience that this was the position of the…

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