I first heard about this over at EconomicPolicyJournal.com, where this tweet (since deleted) by Geithner ghostwriter and Time magazine senior national correspondent Mike Grunwald was highlighted:
Did Grunwald delete this out of remorse for how stupid and evil it is? Did he delete it because of the creepiness of someone in what is supposed to be the adversarial media cheering on the regime against its enemy? Did he delete it because he was embarrassed to have taken the position that we ought to be exploited and lied to by murdering sociopaths, and that the real crime is letting us know what our overlords — er, our public servants! — are up to?
This would be asking rather too much of a correspondent for Time magazine, whose job is to put a pretty face on the regime, its bailouts, its surveillance, its bubbles, and its wars.
Grunwald responds to critics by noting that it was a “dumb” tweet (I guess advocating murder is “dumb,” like thinking the square root of 144 is 15), and won’t they please leave him alone already?
But here’s why he took it down. Another commentator of the please-loot-exploit-and-lie-to-me-with-impunity-and-in-return-I’ll-demonize-and-shout-down-all-your-enemies-nice-government-man-sir school offered this warning:
Fair point. I’ll delete. @rober1236Jua my main problem with this is it gives Assange supporters a nice safe persecution complex to hide in
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) August 17, 2013