A Parting Shot, Reconsidered

Yesterday we blogged about Mark Bittman’s acrid comment about the death of a Chick-fil-A executive. (It would make a good postscript to our “Legacy of a Jerk” podcast.) Bittman has now apologized and removed the offending language from the original article.

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  1. Gene says:

    I did not see the word apology in his apology. “I regret this lapse” is the best he can do? May as well have not said anything. Pathetic.

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  2. Jacob says:

    I agree with Gene. There was no apology there. He regrets that he got called to the carpet. A tiny blurb, and removal of the phrase, attempting to rewrite history, is a lame attempt to make the story go away.

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  3. John says:

    Completely agree with Gene. It’s quite obvious Bittman does not believe he was wrong. If Bittman did believe he was wrong for using the phrase pig to describe a recently deceased person, he should have been man-enough to own up the mistake and use the phrase “I apologize”.

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  4. Dwight K Schrute says:

    wasn’t there a Seinfeld episode about this when George didn’t get an apology he was looking for?
    In that case (as in here), the person “apologizing” really didn’t mean it and when pushed actually admitted it.

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  5. RGJ says:

    Like golf, free speech reveals character, it doesn’t build it.

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  6. MeanOnSunday says:

    Not only did he not apologize, he didn’t even acknowledge that he has no idea about Mr Perry’s personal beliefs regarding gay marriage or any other issue, and based his opinion solely on Mr Perry’s employer. It’s perhaps a little ironic then that Mr Perry also taught and was on the board of the journalism school at the Univ. of Georgia, considered one of the most gay friendly colleges in the state.

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    • greg says:

      I dislike when people apologise for stuff like this. It is pointless, they shouldn’t have to back down and lie to offer mere platitudes.

      If you work at exec level for that company you’ve made a concious decision to embrace or at least publicly represent the corporate philospohy. In this case a bigoted chauvenistic one, where the pig is the traditional insult.

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