Ixtellor wrote:and one public apology which every news organization in the country ran the very next day.
No. That was one widely publicized
apology to one single person. There's a difference. If the guy in the restaurant announces to everyone, "Hey everybody, I would like to take this opportunity to say I'm sorry to the waiter for any offense I may have caused," he is not apologizing to the public, he is just publicizing his apology to the waiter.
Diadem wrote:I'm a bit confused between what exactly the difference is between 'apologizing in public' and 'apologizing in private, then telling in public that you did so'. Either way you apologized, and the public knows.
Your two options don't even necessarily include the one we want, which is "apologizing to the public". Apologies, like offenses, are always made *to* someone, independently of how many people happen to witness it. Apologizing to you in front of everyone is different from apologizing to everyone.
And, EnderSword, are you seriously trying to take yet another
discussion completely off-topic by ignoring the question of etiquette and apology and instead trying to turn this into yet another debate about the details of healthcare reform? If you are, please stop ever complaining anywhere else when other people are allegedly making off-topic posts. If you aren't, then please stop going on about whether what the President said was, technically and pedantically speaking, a "lie".
Edit: Also, it's not quite a matter of "demanding" an apology, just like we don't "demand" apologies from people who say incredibly stupid offensive shit on the forums. Rather, it's a matter of, "That was a dick thing to do, and by the way you'll be proving yourself an immensely huger douchebag if you additionally refuse to apologize to the public for it."
Unless stated otherwise, I do not care
whether a statement, by itself, constitutes a persuasive political argument. I care whether it's true.
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