Category Archives: Non-apologies

When the Army takes your mother’s side

In one of those “One Hundred Years Ago” columns newspapers sometimes run, SorryWatch came across an interesting 1917 account of a soldier, Thomas J. Ryan, whose mother was having a hard time letting go. Ryan was stationed at the Presidio … Continue reading

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The opposite of ‘whatever’

A family member heard a radio story from “The Takeaway,” with a phrase he knew would mean something to SorryWatch. In Alabama, Anthony Ray Hinton was freed from prison after 3 decades. He’d been convicted of two murders committed during … Continue reading

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Believe it or not

Maybe headline writers are starting to catch on to the difference between apologies and hand-waving about “regrets.” With Donald Trump’s help. Just starting to. Trump’s recent remarks about unspecified regrets for unspecified remarks were not headlined an apology by the … Continue reading

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Have you listened to your own laugh?

The Heckler, a sports website with a satirical take, owned by TBS, is branching out to non-sports topics. Recently they thought it would be funny to compare a female political candidate to a despised animal. They should’ve stayed with sports … Continue reading

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You think a noble underdog should apologize? Media scum.

We’ve gotten requests to do the apology/non-apology/semi-apology of Paul LePage, Governor of Maine. Non-apologies are a LePage specialty, as we’ll see. We try not to do non-apologies but there is also a despicable phony apology in the current mess, so … Continue reading

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Who knew, guru?

On Christmas, my non-SorryWatch-non-Sumac colleague Mark Oppenheimer published a piece in the New York Times about a New Age spiritual leader named Marc Gafni. Gafni advises such luminaries as John Mackey (of Whole Foods), John Gray (of Men Are From Mars, … Continue reading

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Let bygones be bygones? NOT SO FAST.

Eliza Hamilton, widow of Alexander Hamilton, had come to visit her daughter in D.C. She was chilling in the back yard with her teenaged nephew when a maid brought James Monroe’s card. (I am guessing this maid was an employee, … Continue reading

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This court finds your apology despicable

It’s expensive to run for public office. But once elected, you can run your next campaign much more cheaply if you make aides and assistants work on it from the office of whatever position you’ve managed to get. Free labor! … Continue reading

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nicki minaj hates nazis, you guys!

This morning a writer from Refinery 29, Lauren Le Vine, emailed us for a comment on Nicki Minaj’s apology. (We also heard from a couple of readers wanting us to tackle it.) You see, Ms. Minaj had released a video filled … Continue reading

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Sorry if I seemed to be legally liable in any way

Ivan Oransky of Retraction Watch pointed this out to us. Retraction Watch focuses on scientific journals, with sample subject matter including spectroscopy, peptides, climate change, surgical techniques, quantum physics, and yes, surface temperatures of naked-neck chickens.  An article in the … Continue reading

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