President Donald Trump, not for the first time, took to his Twitter account to blast The New York Times on Thursday for their relentless campaign to stop the Republican tax reform bill from becoming law.
“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 wrote. “They are wrong so often that now I know we have a winner!”
Amusing, but it is not at all funny what the Times is doing. Both in the pages of their paper and on social media, they really are doing exactly what Trump is accusing them of. We’ve seen the Times and the rest of the mainstream media abandon journalistic objectivity more than a few times over the last couple of years, but this might be the most glaring example yet. They aren’t just writing negative stories about the bill, they are actively trying to get this bill defeated. Is that really the role of one of the nation’s most-read newspapers?
It’s easy to forget, but the New York Times does not claim to be a liberal news outlet. Yes, yes, it’s obvious that they are, but it’s not like their Vox or even MSNBC. They’re supposed to be unbiased. They’re supposed to call it as they see it. They’re supposed to write stories based on objective reporting and evidence. They are NOT supposed to be out there on Twitter acting as though they are a paid wing of the Democratic National Committee. And yet, there they are.
“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,” wrote the NY Times Opinion Page account this week. They sent out similar tweets urging people to contact other Republican senators like John McCain, Bob Corker, and Jeff Flake.
This isn’t about an opinion. We get that the NY Times Editorial Board has an opinion – a point of view. And if they want to write editorials blasting the tax bill from now until it passes, far be it from us to discourage them. We’re sure that’s exactly the kind of red meat their readers are hungry for. But this isn’t opinion – this is political activism! This is actually outrageous, and we’d go as far as to say it’s a violation of the public trust.