TIME MAGAZINE’s Ugly Americanism
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.”
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.
Nor, has Grunwald, or his employer, said anything about his non-apology: “my main problem with this is it gives Assange supporters a nice safe persecution complex to hide in.”
Persecution my ass…!!!! Given where Julian Assange happens to be (the building with the Ecuadorian flag on it) any “execution” by drone would presuppose killing a bunch of British people (who, last I heard were U.S. allies) in that building next door and — obviously — an attack on the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Grunwald is being the ugliest of Ugly Americas… basically cheerleading for death squads (or, in this case, a robotic death squad) sent against Latin Americans, as “punishment” for making the U.S. government uncomfortable.
Given the recent attempts to violate Bolivian immunity when — on behalf of the United States — President Morales’ plane was first denied a refueling stop, then overflight rights, then nearly boarded — all on an impossible story taken as probable that the Presidential plane was carrying somebody who was at one airport in Moscow had somehow boarded the Bolivian plane that was about 25 Km. away, I suppose bone-headed stupidity — and a concerted effort to destroy good relations — is SOP when the United States deals with Latin America.