WSJ Editor's Batman Tweet Stirs Angry Backlash

James Taranto makes controversial comment about Aurora shooting
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2012 4:13 PM CDT
A memorial for the victims of the Aurora theatre shooting.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – A Wall Street Journal editor is in hot water after an "errant" tweet about the Dark Knight massacre. Referring to the three men who died shielding their girlfriends during the attack, James Taranto tweeted, "I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice." A backlash quickly erupted, reports the Huffington Post, and Taranto later wrote a column apologizing.

"We intended this to be thought-provoking, but to judge by the response, very few people received it that way. The vast majority found it offensive and insulting," Taranto wrote in his mea culpa. He added, "These three women owe their lives to their men. That debt can never be repaid in kind, because life is for the living and cannot be returned to the dead." Taranto sits on the WSJ's editorial board and writes the "Best of the Web Today" column.

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