Top TIME Journalist Calls For Drone Killing Of Assange

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Introductory comment by Kevin Zeese

Below is an RT report on the controversy around a since deleted tweet by TIME Magazine senior national correspondent, Michael Grunwald, calling for killing Assange with a drone.  Here’s the tweet that started the controversy and that was erased:

Grunwald tweet on killing Assange with drone










Huffington Post reported that “Grunwald’s employer distanced itself from the substance of his tweet. ‘Michael Grunwald posted an offensive tweet from his personal Twitter account that is in no way representative of TIME’s views,’ a TIME spokesperson said. ‘He regrets having tweeted it, and he removed it from his feed.'”  This is an insufficient response from TIME, as the judgment of its senior national correspondent is now in question and the credibility of TIME is now at stake.

What caused Grunwald to write such a tweet?  Obviously, it was a very bad joke but what is behind it?  Is Grunwald jealous of Assange? Does he think Assange is a threat to the nation?

It is worth noting that Grunwald is a strong defender of drones and even killing of Americans with the bombs.  He has been a defender of drones and a critic of those who oppose them.  He wrote in TIME in April as part of a criticism of Senator Rand Paul opposition to drone killings, defending the government’s efforts to fight terrorism:

. . . we celebrate our first responders, our soldiers, our law enforcers. They’re from the government, and they’re here to help. We know our government is fallible, because it’s made up of people, but we still count on it to protect us from terrorists, from psychos with guns, from exploding factories. We also need it to protect us from floods and wildfires, from financial meltdowns and climate change. We can’t do that kind of thing ourselves.

Huffington Post also posted a tweet that where Grunwald says he doesn’t understand why people were concerned about the death of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, by drone strike in Yemen.

Grunwald defending killing of American with drone


He should be forced to resign or fired for this statement.  Making a joke threatening to kill a journalist who has exposed government crimes and unethical behavior needs a strong response.  We’d also like to see Grunwald go because knee-jerk defense of the government is the opposite of what we need in the media.  The country needs reporters who are critical of the government not who celebrate it even when it kills an American citizen, serving as judge, jury and executioner without due process of law.  Grunwald does not seem to understand the role of reporters — they are not stenographers for US militarism, rather they are people who question the government and investigate its activities.

Regarding TIME Magazine, Christine Assange, Julian’s mom asked the write question:

Assange mom reacts to Grunwald


Assassination TIME: Sr. journalist ‘can’t wait’ to justify drone strike that will kill Assange

The unethical and legally questionable statement made by TIME magazine’s senior national correspondent has been met with a barrage of criticism. Although Michael Grunwald deleted the comment and apologized, WikiLeaks is still pushing for his resignation.

The scandal was sparked by a Twitter post on Grunwald’s account which stated that he is eager to write an article on Julian Assange’s execution by a drone.

WikiLeaks tweeted that they have sent a letter to the publication demanding Grunwald’s resignation. They have said that the magazine must show that journalists calling for the murder of other journalists is “never acceptable.”

Wikileaks Tweer re TIME drone killing of Assange















The tweet, which has been deleted by the author, said, “I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.”

Assange Tweets responding to threat of killing














Following the post, Twitter exploded with harsh criticism of both Grunwald and TIME magazine.

Twitter responses to Gruenwald Assange threat





















Although Grunwald responded to the criticism by saying that the original post was a “dumb tweet” and deleting it, TIME has so far not offered any comment on the employee’s statement.

Grunwald responses and apology



  • Sorry to disagree, but Grunwald was not joking when he tweeted that. It was consistent with everything else he’s written and indicative of the abysmal state of fear, hatred, bigotry and ignorance this country has descended into. The “public” as such, is a lost cause, having now been thoroughly, brilliantly and hopelessly indoctrinated by the ruling elite into the lies. We, the so called “choir” are the last hope but if we are under the illusion that somehow we can overcome the corporate media and entertainment industry hold of the mind of the public we are mislead by yet another illusion. We need to drop all illusions and focus on what we can realistically do – and that will be sufficient. We still have a chance. The game is not lost – yet. Struggle on brothers and sisters but do not think the U.S. American public will somehow rise up and save the day if only we can reach them. The “public” are no more and less than massively sedated sheep.

  • George Terek

    It wasn’t a “dumb tweet”. It was downright evil.

  • The ONLY thing a business understands is loss of revenue. If everyone were to boycott Time (even advertisers, feeling the bite of loss of revenue because of the boycott) and barrage e-mails explaining WHY they boycott, Time will see Grumwald as a liability and take appropriate action to stem the losses. It’s a PROVEN, workable solution.

  • Kevin Zeese

    You are probably right. I was giving him the benefit of the doubt even though he does not deserve it.

  • How disgusting!! I won’t buy or read Time magazine any more. Grunwald should be at the Pentagon. Or maybe in Iraq, or Lybia or Syria?