The New York Times deleted a Thursday tweet for editorializing a news story regarding potential Russian use of Egyptian military bases after a Daily Caller News Foundation inquiry.
The New York Times confirmed the deletion in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation and admitted to “improper editorializing” in a follow-up tweet.
We’ve deleted this earlier tweet for improper editorializing. pic.twitter.com/JoITGLvJLA
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) November 30, 2017
The storied news organization faced intense criticism Wednesday after using its editorial board Twitter account to openly lobby against a tax bill championed by Republicans moving its way through the Senate.
The account changed its biography on Twitter to signal its political use, then encouraged readers to call U.S. Senators and leave messages urging them not to vote for the tax bill.
“Senator Susan Collins of Maine has correctly noted that any temporary tax cuts for the middle class would be more than offset by the higher cost of health insurance — a good reason for her to vote against the bill.” https://t.co/bHYJcMTMjU pic.twitter.com/NgfvgnOypL
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 29, 2017
TheNYT defended the decision to politically lobby saying “The New York Times Editorial Board shared its opinions on the tax reform bill yesterday from the nytopinion Twitter handle; @nytopinion is separate from the nytimes newsroom.”
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