Kellyanne Conway cited a massacre that didn’t happen to support President Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees. While she ultimately acknowledged that there was no such massacre, her approach to her mistake reveals two things:
- She won’t apologize for a mistake. The tweets below (sort of ) acknowledging her mistake came over ten hours after she appeared on Chris Matthew’s show Hardball and after the twitterverse exploded calling her out on her mistake. The Time reporter retracted the mistaken tweet about the bust of MLK much more quickly.
2. She asks for grace and class but routinely extends neither to others. Time Magazine reporter Zeke Miller made a mistake when he reported that the MLK bust had been removed from the Oval Office and displayed true grace and class as he acknowledged his error. The following statement was issued by Time in the aftermath:
On the evening of January 20, TIME White House correspondent Zeke Miller incorrectly reported that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. Zeke quickly issued a correction. In the hours that followed, he sent multiple emails and tweets taking responsibility for his mistake, and apologized in person, on email and on Twitter. During further conversations over the weekend, he asked a White House advisor to pass along his apology to the president as well.
Zeke Miller did not blame others, as Conway did, and he made multiple attempts very quickly to correct his error and apologize to the President.
We expect the media to act with integrity and acknowledge the mistakes they make. We also expect the same of the Trump administration. They can acknowledge their mistakes with grace and class (as Zeke Miller did) or they can just acknowledge them – it doesn’t really matter.