On Tuesday night, Taranto tweeted about last Friday’s Colorado movie theater shooting: “I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice.”
The response on Twitter ranged from calling the journalist “disgusting” to referring to him as a “a real piece of sh*t.”
Taranto is a member of WSJ‘s editorial board and writes its “Best of the Web” column. His column on Wednesday was a mea culpa, in which he addressed the “errant tweet” by evoking four of the victims of the Aurora shooting and their boyfriends and brothers who died to save them.
(Taranto uses the editorial “we”; he told The Huffington Post that he is the sole author of the tweet and the column.)