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New York Times editorial board urges readers to call senators in opposition of Republican tax bill

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The New York Times editorial board took over the Twitter account on Wednesday to urge readers to call their senators and express opposition to the Republican tax reform bill. The board argued that the tax bill “hurts the middle class & the nation's fiscal health.” (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The New York Times editorial board took to Twitter on Wednesday to urge readers to call their senators and express opposition to the Republican tax reform bill.

What did the board say?

The editorial board updated the New York Times opinion section’s Twitter account to read that it was "temporarily taking over this acct.” to share opposition to the bill, which the board argued “hurts the middle class & the nation's fiscal health.”

The board argued that the bill favors the wealthy and would add $1.4 trillion to the federal debt over 10 years.

The account targeted Republican senators including Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Ala.) and Susan Collins (Maine), as well as Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake and urged them to reject it. The phone numbers for the senators’ offices and asked readers to call were also posted.

The account later tweeted it would return to its “regular programming.”

What was the reaction?

Some criticized the Times editorial board for participating in advocacy rather than analysis.

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