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 retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.