Time magazine is facing down demands that it fire one of its senior writers over a tweet, but as of now, it seems to be looking to simply apologize and move on.
The magazine’s senior national correspondent, Michael Grunwald, tweeted this message about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Saturday afternoon:
Within about two hours, Grunwald deleted the message and apologized for what he called his “dumb tweet.”
Grunwald has written opinion columns in support of drones and gun control, but quite a few Twitter users, particularly those associated with Wikileaks and the Occupy movement, thought Grunwald’s tweet went well beyond editorializing. Some of the criticism came from other journalists:
A #BoycottTime hashtag, which had previously been used to protest articles about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and violence in Egypt, picked up steam over the weekend, with many of the associated tweets calling for Grunwald to be fired.
has not taken that step. Instead, it released a very brief statement
that essentially said Grunwald's deleting the tweet solved the problem, in its estimation:
Michael Grunwald posted an offensive tweet from his personal Twitter account that is in no way representative of TIME’s views. He regrets having tweeted it, and he removed it from his feed.
Yet the criticism of Time continues, on Twitter and in high-profile blog posts.
As is always the case on the Web, nothing is truly deleted.
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