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Psy Shames Himself With Unqualified Apology (Video)

By delivering a servile apology for singing lyrics that violently denounced the American military in 2004 at the height of its invasion of Iraq, South Korean rapper Psy has shown that, like many who enjoy fame and fortune, he has no backbone when it comes to criticizing American imperialism.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 READ MORE


A Welcome Return to Basic Standards

Rush Limbaugh’s mea culpa—however insincere—is significant because it is evidence that America may be setting some basic standards for political discourse.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Israel Apologizes for Killing 3 Egyptian Soldiers

Israel apologized to Egypt on Saturday for killing three soldiers on Egyptian soil as it chased gunmen responsible for the deaths of eight Israelis. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE


Queen Comes Close to Apology in Ireland

Speaking at a historic dinner in the castle that once headquartered Ireland’s British overseers, Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret over the two islands’ violent history: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.”

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / NATO

NATO Apologizes to Libyan Rebels

Airstrikes Thursday in NATO’s campaign against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces killed at least four Libyan rebels in a “friendly fire” accident, the second in a week. After a bit of foot-dragging by the British deputy commander of the air campaign, NATO apologized to the rebels.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


Bush to Kanye: All Is Forgiven

During his comfortable sit-down with Matt Lauer on Wednesday’s “Today” show, former President George W. Bush was visited by the pre-taped image of a contrite Kanye West, who was all ready to make nice after his Bush-is-a-racist claim of yesteryear.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Is Clarence Thomas’ Wife Trying to Pick a Fight With Anita Hill?

It turns out Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas isn’t the only troublemaker in the family. His wife, Virginia, just left an unwelcome voicemail for Anita Hill, soliciting an apology 19 years after Hill accused then-nominee Thomas of behaving very badly.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

NATO Apologizes to Pakistan for Border-Breaching Attack

The Sept. 30 incident in which NATO aircraft fired across the border of Pakistan, killing two Pakistani soldiers, has not been forgotten in that country, and the fiery retaliatory strikes that have ensued compelled the American ambassador ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Apologizes for Infecting Guatemalans With STDs

More than 60 years after the fact, the U.S. has finally gotten around to officially apologizing for a government research study that purposely infected Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases to gauge the effectiveness of penicillin treatments.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



YouTube / itnnews

Gordon Brown Caught Kvetching About ‘Bigoted’ Voter

After glad-handing a difficult voter who told of her concerns about immigration, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown retreated to the sanctity of his car, where he promptly described the woman as “bigoted.” Unfortunately for Brown, he was wearing a live microphone at the time.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Pacdog (CC-BY)

Dolphins GM Apologizes for Prostitute Question

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to NFL draftee Dez Bryant for asking the footballer if his mother was a prostitute. Bryant said he was “really mad,” but didn’t say anything at the time to his prospective employer. (continued)

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
youtube.com

McChrystal Apologizes for Afghan Civilian Deaths

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, took to the Afghan airwaves Tuesday to apologize for the deaths of 27 civilians in an airstrike led by U.S. forces last week, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Toyoda
AP / Itsuo Inouye

Toyota’s Big Apology

Amid major setbacks leading to massive recalls related to unintended acceleration, faulty brakes and other mechanical calamities, Toyota is shifting into damage control mode. On Tuesday, the Japanese carmaker’s president, Akio Toyoda, made a personal apology before the U.S. Congress, admitting that his company got ahead of itself, prioritizing growth over quality control.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Et Tu, Dick Cheney?; Woods’ Lament

Tiger Woods performed his celebrity duty on Friday, making a public apology for his extramarital escapades, and, yes, even the “Left, Right & Center” lineup of regular commentators has something to say about it. Also this week: Some conservatives think (gasp!) Dick Cheney ought to run for president, and the richest Americans aren’t feeling the same recessionary burn that the rest of the country is suffering.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


Woods

Tiger’s Mea Culpa

Golf superstar Tiger Woods has stayed out of the public eye since the news about his expansive infidelity scandal broke last Thanksgiving, but on Friday, an apparently penitent Woods made a brief appearance and a sober apology at a press conference before returning to continue his treatment program. Reactions to his show of contrition, perhaps unsurprisingly, were mixed.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


Banks’ Lame Apology Isn’t Enough

WheresOurMoney.org’s Harvey Rosenfield on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings chaired by Phil Angelides: “If symbolism is what this is all about, I say we’ve moved beyond the ‘apology’ stage. How about sending some of these people to jail for twenty years?”

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / [sic!]ut.at

Carter Atones for ‘Stigmatizing’ Israel

Maybe it’s because his grandson is running for public office, maybe because the former president just doesn’t like tension, but Jimmy Carter has written an open letter to the Jewish community essentially apologizing for any past statements that might have stigmatized the nation of Israel. (continued)

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



childmigrantstrust.com

Australia Sorry for Abuse of Castoff Kids

In the decades after World War II, some 10,000 British children were separated from their families and exiled to Australia, where many were physically and sexually abused and some were put to work in what were effectively child labor camps. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Hannity’s Apocalyptic Apology

Having caught wind that Fox Newser Sean Hannity was going to take a moment on his show to issue an apology to Jon Stewart for using older tea-party rally footage in a recent story, the host of “The Daily Show” was looking forward to hearing an admission of how the Fox folks subscribe to the network’s methodology, aka “the subtle altering of reality to sell a preconceived narrative.” That didn’t quite happen.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


Grayson
grayson.house.gov

Grayson’s Comments Spark Congressional Flame War

The partisan nonsense meter hit a high Thursday following a protracted bout of bickering in the House that heated up after Florida Rep. Alan Grayson made his views about his Republican colleagues eminently clear, but he’s not sorry, and he’s not apologizing—at least not yet. This does not please said colleagues, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t in a hurry to appease them either.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Gates
pbs.org

Prof. Gates Tells His Side of the Story, Chastises Policeman

Looks like Harvard professor and race scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. won’t face criminal charges after last Thursday’s unfortunate confrontation with a Cambridge, Mass., police officer, but the incident definitely touched off some reactions well beyond Harvard Square. Meanwhile, Gates has given his account of what happened and has called for an apology from the officer in question.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


Benedict XVI
highvolumemedia.com

Pope Admits Vatican’s Mistake in Holocaust Controversy

The Vatican is about to become a more Web-savvy institution, according to Benedict XVI. The pope issued a public statement Friday acknowledging that the Holy See failed to investigate the background of Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard Williamson before formally welcoming him back into the Church’s good graces in January.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


Big Love
starpulse.com

‘Big Love’ Causes Scene With Mormon Church

Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints got their sacred undergarments in a twist about an upcoming episode of “Big Love” in which secret religious practices and spaces are depicted. HBO has apologized, but, as Salt Lake Tribune columnist Vince Horiuchi wonders, will all this hubbub just serve to draw more attention to Sunday’s installment of the series?

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE



telegraph.co.uk

Murdoch Apologizes for Chimp Cartoon

Well, it’s officially impossible to go any further up the News Corp. chain of command than this: Mega-media mogul Rupert Murdoch has now apologized for last week’s Chimpgate cartoon caper carried out by one of his media properties, the New York Post.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE



telegraph.co.uk

N.Y. Post Apologizes for Monkey Business

In the face of angry protests outside its offices, the New York Post has apologized, with qualifications, for publishing a cartoon about the stimulus package showing a dead chimpanzee that many readers saw as representing President Obama. But in its half-hearted mea culpa, the Post made little direct reference to the racist stereotype that sparked the controversy in the first place.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 READ MORE


Barack and Nancy
Composite: Wikimedia Commons

Obama Sorry for Nancy Reagan Séance Remark

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during Barack Obama’s apology call to Nancy Reagan on Friday. Obama called Mrs. Reagan after making a jokey comment, during his first press conference since he was elected president, in which he referred obliquely to her reported esoteric interests during her time in the White House.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


Gara and Stapleton

Palin Spokeswoman, Alaska Lawmaker Face Off About ‘Troopergate’

Alaska state Rep. Les Gara and Megan Stapleton—who is a former Sarah Palin staffer, now part of the McCain-Palin campaign’s publicity team and a member of the “Palin Truth Squad”—exchange heated words in these clips filmed in Anchorage after the “Troopergate” report was released Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Aide Apologizes for Terror Remark

Charlie Black, lobbyist and adviser to Sen. John McCain’s campaign, has apologized for his statements suggesting that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would stand to gain from another terrorist attack on American soil. Rescinding his earlier claims, Black said, “I deeply regret the comments. They were inappropriate.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Watch
washingtonpost.com

Fox to Obama: We’re Sorry ... Again

The third time’s no charm for Fox News, which has been forced yet again to apologize to Barack Obama for making racist comments against the presumed Democratic nominee. This marks the third “oops” moment for the television channel, all in the span of only two weeks.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008 READ MORE


Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Groups

Following a similar move by Australia earlier this year, Canada’s prime minister will offer a formal apology to the country’s indigenous peoples for the state’s unjust treatment of them, most notably the forced enrollment of more than 100,000 native students in state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them into white society.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


Sharon Stone
AP photo / Matt Sayles, File

Sharon Stone’s Quake Comment Causes Uproar in China

Chinese moviegoers aren’t going to rush to see any more Sharon Stone flicks (if they ever did), and, as execs at Christian Dior realized, they won’t be in a hurry to buy products she promotes after she speculated at Cannes last week about the possibility that the devastating earthquake in China on May 12 represented a form of karmic retribution for the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibetans.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Liz Trotta

Fox’s Trotta Says Sorry for Obama Comment

The Fox News personality who incited outrage with a horrible giggly tailspin of a comment about “knocking off” Barack Obama apologizes for her “lame attempt at humor” and chalks it up to a “very colorful political season.”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Davis
wikimedia.org

Congressman Apologizes to Obama

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky has asked Barack Obama’s forgiveness for a racially charged comment about the candidate’s readiness to handle national security. Davis told a group of fellow Republicans Saturday, “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
foxnews.com

McCain Chastises Supporters, Again

About a day after John McCain expressed his disapproval over the insensitive comments of a supporter, the candidate was once again forced to disown ignoble behavior, this time from an official part of his party. The Tennessee Republican Party issued a press release that featured a photo of Barack Obama wearing traditional African clothing, cited his middle name (Hussein) and attempted to portray him as an anti-Semite.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Australian apology
www.global-taino.blogspot.com

Australian Gov’t to Apologize to Aborigines

Even though imperialism clearly isn’t a thing of the past as a global phenomenon, the Australian government is preparing to verbally own up to a painful chapter from its own national history by formally apologizing to Aborigines for past attempts at “civilizing” their people via forced assimilation initiatives that spanned more than five decades.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Matthews
youtube.com

Chris Matthews Apologizes for Hillary Comment

The “Hardball” host is known for being outspoken, but apparently even he thinks he can go too far. Chris Matthews has apologized for suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s political success stemmed from having an unfaithful husband.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


Romney and Huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Campaign ‘08 Rocked by Outbreak of Accountability

It’s not at all shocking when candidates and their assorted aides take pot shots at each other as they slog through the long and dirty campaign trail, but it’s at least a bit surprising when they ‘fess up to it.  That’s just what happened— twice! —in about 24 hours.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Pete Stark

Rep. Stark Sorry for Bush-Bashing Remark

Professing his remorse for his Oct. 18 suggestion that President Bush would be amused by American soldiers getting their heads “blown off,” Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., apologized on Tuesday to Bush, his family, the troops and his congressional colleagues, adding that he hoped he could now go back to being “as insignificant as I should be.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


James Watson
AP photo / Markus Schreiber

DNA Scientist Apologizes for Race Remarks

Nobel-winning scientist James Watson, half of the DNA-pioneering team Watson and Crick, is undergoing a firestorm of criticism for recent comments he made in London’s Sunday Times about how he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” 

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


army secretary

Army Apologizes to Tillman Family

Nearly three and a half years after Pat Tillman’s death, the Army has issued a formal mea culpa to his family, admitting through Secretary of the Army Pete Geren on Tuesday that his family’s grief “was compounded by the failing of his Army” with respect to its duty to inform families quickly and thoroughly about their losses.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


S.R. Sidarth and George Allen
From Salon.com and Youtube.com

GOP Senator’s Ethnic Slur Provokes Outrage, Apology

Virginia Sen. (and presidential hopeful) George Allen referred to a young volunteer of Indian descent as “macaque,” which is tantamount to “monkey” or the “N word” among African immigrants. (Much more after the jump… but for quick hits: story / video / word origins)

Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


Mel drunk
From InTouch

Mel Gibson: The World ‘Seems to Have Gone Mad’

Celebrity scandals aren’t our bag. But considering that some Jewish groups felt Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” did more to further anti-Semitism than any other piece of pop culture in recent memory, we figure that Gibson’s apology for his anti-Semitic remarks over the weekend is fair game.

  • The photo above was taken at a bar a few hours before his arrest.
  • The N.Y. Times marvels at “the speed at which the scandal unfolded, doing serious damage to one of Hollywood?s most valuable careers along the way.”

  • Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush apologizes

    Bush Apologizes for Cowboy Rhetoric

    The president said he regretted saying “bring ‘em on” and “wanted dead or alive,” and that Abu Ghraib had cost the country dearly. It’s probably the most significant concession he has ever made, but if there has ever been a case for too little, too late, it’s this.

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


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