The passive-aggressive “apology” — that’s when you apologize to people “who might have been offended” — has become so standard that one might be tempted to conclude that sincere apologies are a thing of the past.
Last night, actor Jonah Hill, who was caught on tape a few days ago using a homophobic slur against a photographer, provided a good lesson in how to stop an unfurling public relations disaster: Own the disaster.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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