Saturday, July 23, 2011
Among the many news items this week was yet another demand for an apology. What does this accomplish? Does it lay the issue to rest, squelch the truth, or negate what was said? We have all said something we have regretted, and perhaps have needed to offer sincere regrets. Still the words hang. At times in the public arena, the truth is spoken and is not well received, or a politically incorrect name or opinion was voiced, and then an apology is demanded. The speaker usually finds a lame reason for saying whatever it was, and tail between legs, presents an apology to the media. I suppose there is a fine line somewhere in here, but it seems that the demand is a way of keeping high profile - especially political - people under the heavy thumb of compliance.