Mea culpa
April 18, 2021

Marty Golingan, a producer at One America News Network, a right-wing cable news channel often noted for its affinity for former President Donald Trump, told The New York Times he was worried his work may have helped inspire the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

At one point during the incident, Golingan said he caught sight of someone in the mob holding a flag with OAN's logo. "I was like, OK, that's not good. That's what happens when people listen to us," he told the Times, referring to OAN's coverage of the 2020 presidential election, which often gave credence to Trump's unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud and Democratic conspiracies.

Golingan said that many of his colleagues, including himself, disagreed with the coverage. "The majority of people did not believe the voter fraud claims being run on the air," he told the Times.

Indeed, the Times interviewed 18 current and former OAN employees, 16 of whom said the channel has "broadcast reports that they considered misleading, inaccurate, or untrue." But Allysia Britton, a former producer and one of more than a dozen employees to leave OAN in the wake of the riot, explained that while "many people have raised concerns ... when people speak up about anything, you will get in trouble." Read more at The New York Times. Tim O'Donnell

May 4, 2020

After originally defending his decision not to wear a face mask while visiting with patients and doctors at the Mayo Clinic last week, Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday admitted that he should have put one on.

Under the Minnesota clinic's guidelines, anyone who walks onto the campus must wear a face mask. Pence, who is in charge of the administration's efforts to combat the coronavirus, was photographed walking around the clinic without a mask, the pictures showing him chatting with doctors and meeting a man who beat the virus and was donating his blood for research.

The criticism came swiftly, and Pence defended himself by saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that masks keep people from spreading COVID-19, and since he is regularly tested, he does not pose a risk. On Sunday, he appeared alongside President Trump at a Fox News virtual town hall, and said he "didn't think it was necessary, but I should have worn a mask at the Mayo Clinic." Wearing a mask is especially important, he added, because it's "really a statement about the American people, the way they have been willing to step forward, practice social distancing, and wear masks in settings where they can't do that." Catherine Garcia

March 23, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's post-election clarification tour continued Monday as he apologized for his last-minute warning about Arab voter turnout.

"I know that my comments last week offended some Israeli citizens and offended members of the Israeli Arab community," Netanyahu said. "This was never my intent. I apologize for this."

With the race tight, Netanyahu warned on election day that Arab voters were "being bused to the polling stations in droves," a claim widely interpreted as nakedly racist. Netanyahu also vowed just before the election to never allow for the creation of a Palestinian state, a promise he has since walked back. Jon Terbush

June 9, 2014

California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn gave a tearful apology Monday for going nuclear on the competition after his horse placed fourth in the Belmont Stakes and failed to capture the elusive Triple Crown.

"Very ashamed of myself, very ashamed," Coburn said in an interview with ABC. "I need to apologize to a lot of people."

"It's just the emotion of the whole journey coming together at one time," he added.

After Chrome's disappointing finish, Coburn ripped the victor, Tonalist, for taking "the coward's way out" and not racing in all three legs of the Triple Crown. He followed up his initial criticism with an even stranger broadside the next day, employing a puzzling metaphor that concluded, "Would it be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair?" Jon Terbush

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