Wall Street Journal editor tweets he hopes girls whose boyfriends were killed at ‘Dark Knight’ shootings ‘were worthy of the sacrifice’

James Taranto, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, tweeted tonight “I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice.”

He later called it a “challenging” tweet, saying he meant he hoped they will be worthy of their boyfriends’ sacrifice.

The initial tweet led to a torrent of angry responses. Taranto’s tweet was called “disgraceful,” “detestable,” and the “stupidest of all time.”

Three men killed in the Aurora, Colo., massacre died when they shielded their girlfriends from the slaughter perpetrated by James Holmes.

Attempting to put his tweet in context, Taranto later wrote, “I hope America is worthy of the sacrifice of the soldiers who die defending it. Does anybody think that’s in bad taste?”



  1. David George

    That stupid comment suggests that if the girls
    We’re “less than worthy” they weren’t worth dying to defend. It also hints of “blame the victim” and deflects attention from the shooter.

  2. Pingback: WSJ columnist James Taranto apologizes for ‘errant’ tweet about Aurora shooting victims « MediaKC

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