Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) August 17, 2013
Time correspondent Michael Grunwald quickly decided better of his tweet suggesting he was looking forward to writing about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being taken out by a drone strike.
Tough crowd. Grunwald decided to delete the tweet, but not without further antagonizing Assange’s supporters and others.
Grunwald linked to a piece he published earlier this year arguing that the government is obligated to limit individual freedoms to protect lives, but the “don’t tread on me crowd” wasn’t impressed.
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After withstanding the closest thing Twitter has to an unmanned drone strike, Grunwald apologized.
It was a dumb tweet. I'm sorry. I deserve the backlash. (Maybe not the anti-Semitic stuff but otherwise I asked for it.)—
Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) August 18, 2013
nobody is going to drone julian assange, btw—
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) August 18, 2013
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.