It has been an eventful year. For that, many prominent media outlets, commentators, hosts, and politicians are sincerely sorry.
As 2013 comes to a close, Mediaite looks back on a year that was characterized primarily by admissions of fault and the desperate pleas for forgiveness. It seems that virtually everyone, from politicians and bureaucrats, to cable news hosts and networks, were forced to shed their pride and humbly beg the country’s pardon.
Here’s to hoping that 2014 is marked by fewer mistakes, much less undue outrage over any and every perceived slight, and a dramatic reduction in the number of apologies.
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Melissa Harris-Perry and Co.
Following a segment in which MSNBC host
and her guests mocked Melissa Harris-Perry Mitt Romney and his family for adopting a black child, the host and her guests each were forced to issue a series of apologies. Harris-Perry took to Twitter to issue an apology “without reservation or qualification” to the Romney family for the offensive segment.
After taking issue with
insisting that America’s children were being enslaved by the increasing public debt, Sarah Palin took to his program to insist that Palin should be educated about the horrors of African slavery by enduring tortures similar to what they suffered in the 18th Century. He Martin Bashir apologized for those comments and later “resigned” from his position as MSNBC host. It’s far from the first time Palin has been on the receiving end of an apology from a media personality.
, the conservative comedian and former Fox News Channel contributor, apologized after insulting Fox host Steven Crowder . Crowder said that Hannity is an ill-equipped host because he is often “bulldozed” by his liberal guests. Crowder later Sean Hannity apologized to Hannity for the comments and said that he has the “utmost respect” for the radio and television broadcaster.
60 Minutes featuring an in-depth report about the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi centered on the claims of a source whose account was later shown to be false, both the show and reporter Lara Logan apologized for the incident. Logan was later put on leave after broadcasting the erroneous report.
Alec Baldwin was taken to task by a number of anti-defamation groups after, as he is wont to do, the actor issued a string of anti-gay slurs on the streets of New York City when he was offended by a photographer. Baldwin apologized for the remarks and was removed as an MSNBC host just two weeks after his program debuted.
MLB Network's Peter Gammons
During a segment discussing New York Yankees player
Alex Rodriguez, something possessed MLB Network host Peter Gammons to link the famous ballplayer to the Boston Marathon Bombers. “He wants to blow up the world,” Gammons asserted. “You know, he’s like the marathon bombers.” He later apologized for that remark.
The Cycle host issued Touré an apology on behalf of his network after they ran a clip of Vice President Joe Biden speaking about the Benghazi attacks. “I wish I could tell you we aren’t going to add any more names with this wall. I wish I could say that with certainty, but the truth of the matter is, there will be more,” Biden said. “There will be more.” MSNBC anchor informed his viewers that Biden was discussing the need for stricter federal gun control laws. Thomas Roberts
When lawmakers gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of
Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, Fox News Channel host twice claimed that no Republicans spoke at the memorial because no Republicans were invited to speak. This was shown to be inaccurate and O’Reilly apologized for the misleading claim. “Always check out the facts before you make a definitive statement, and when you make a mistake, admit it,” he said. Bill O'Reilly
took CNBC’s audience into a commercial, her program bumped out of that segment with a song that included the n-word in its lyric. After returning from the break, Evans Kelly Evans apologized on behalf of the network for the incident.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden
Both the President and Vice President of the United States
apologized to the nation on separate occasions for the botched roll out of the Affordable Care Act. Focusing primarily on the non-functionality of HealthCare.gov, both Joe Biden and Barack Obama told Americans that the administration should have been better prepared for the ACA’s debut.
Prime time MSNBC host
issued an Chris Hayes apology to his viewers and to the Republican Party after his program featured a graphic linking former Alabama Gov. George Wallace to the GOP. Wallace, a famous advocate for racial segregation in the South, was a Democrat.
Fox & Friends First
While broadcasting a story about a mobile application that allowed users to “drunk dial Congress,” the hosts of
Fox & Friends First aired an image of the app which advised members of Congress to “get a f***ing grip.” The show took to its Twitter account to apologize for the error.
apologized to viewers after airing, without warning, the graphic images of Florida teen Tamron Hall Trayvon Martin’s dead body. When a viewer reached out to her on Twitter to protest, Hall called the move “ an awful mistake.”
The Internal Revenue Service
preemptively apologized for the organization’s efforts to block conservative political organizations from securing tax-exempt status during the 2012 election cycle and for releasing the information of some conservative groups’ tax exempt applications to groups like ProPublica. The confidential documents the IRS provided to ProPublica regarding some conservative groups' tax filings were later published to the public.
aired a segment featuring children thinking up ways to tackle the nation’s mounting debt. One child suggested an effective method would be to “kill all the people in China.” ABC later offered a “ Live Jimmy Kimmel sincere apology” to both Americans and Chinese offended by the child’s comment.
It’s no secret that Sen.
John McCain (R-AZ) has no love for his newest GOP colleagues in the Senate. During a weeks-long debate over privacy and the use of drones on American soil, McCain called Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) “wacko birds.” “That was inappropriate,” McCain told Fox News Channel host . “I apologize to them for saying that because I respect them both.” Neil Cavuto
The National Republican Senatorial Committee
The GOP’s campaign committee tasked with electing Republicans to the upper chamber of Congress apologized after they called the Democratic Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky,
Alison Lundergan Grimes, “the new Obama girl.” The NRSC tweeted the insult and included a photo shopped image of “Obama girl” Amber Lee Ettinger with Grimes’ face imposed over Ettinger’s. The committee later apologized.
An effort to poke fun at the person who impersonated a sign language interpreter at
Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on NBC’s Today backfired in December when the hosts added a fake sign language interpreter of their own to the program. The attempt at a joke prompted outrage, forcing the program to apologize to viewers via the program’s Twitter account.
After a civil lawsuit turned up comments that former Food Network star
Paula Deen made in which she used racially insensitive language while speaking with her staffers, Deen issued a tearful video apology and asked for the nation’s forgiveness. That forgiveness was not forthcoming as she was removed from her position as a television host.
Wheel of Fortune
The legacy game show
Wheel of Fortune and its host, Pat Sajak, apologized to viewers after the program featured a puzzle in which the answer was The Fast and the Furious. This puzzle aired just days after actor Paul Walker’s tragic death. The outrage was, however, somewhat misdirected as this program was taped weeks before Walker died.
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