5 Apologies of the Week

From TurboTax to Hitler, again
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2015 12:10 PM CST
5 Apologies of the Week
File photo of a customer picking up TurboTax.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

A look at some of the public apologies that made headlines this week:

  • Crash footage: "Unfortunately a very bad choice was made to use a real crash instead of creating a VFX shot, without realizing the impact it could have on the families. ... I want to also extend my deepest apology to the families, and also to the U.S. Air Force."—Michael Bay, film producer whose Project Almanac included a clip of a real B-52 crash that killed four.
  • Tax time: "We messed up. We made a change this year to TurboTax desktop software and we didn’t do enough to communicate this change to you as proactively and broadly as we could or should have. I am very sorry for the anger and frustration we may have caused you."—TurboTax general manager Sasan Goodarzi. The company is offering a $25 rebate to customers who suddenly discovered they needed to upgrade.
  • Soccer woes: "I accept and respect the Federation’s decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me."—Hope Solo, following her suspension from the women's national team after yet another run-in with police.

  • Hitler, again: "I apologize to everybody who has felt attacked by my online postings."—Lutz Bachmann, leader of a right-wing movement in Germany, after a photo emerged of him posing as Hitler. Then there was the "Three Ks a day keeps the minorities away" caption under a KKK photo. (A Hilter apology made news last week, too.)
  • No-go zones, again: “In the wave of the Paris attacks, several guests on this program mentioned ‘no-go zones’ in France. I didn’t challenge them and twice referred to them as well. I should have been more skeptical, I won't make the same mistake again."—Anderson Cooper, CNN host joining Fox News in apologizing for remarks suggesting that parts of French cities are off-limits to non-Muslims. (Paris plans to sue Fox News.)

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