Bay Councillor and Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor
My words were taken out of context. If I had a nickel for every time I heard that …
The deputy mayor went on to say: “The underlying message here is if you don’t hang out with bad people, bad things don’t happen to you. Unless you were this individual, you probably had nothing to fear.”
Oh sure, his words were taken out of context. Of course. But that’s confusing. If those words were taken out of context, why is the councillor apologizing?
Taylor is saying he is sorry about, what he says, words that were mangled by a reporter. So what’s to apologize for? The reporter’s bad job?
There’s little doubt that Taylor said what he is reported to have said. It’s unlikely a Postmedia reporter would make that up or whatever happens when something is taken out of context … whatever that is exactly. It usually means: “I wish I hadn’t said that but seeing that I’m caught, I should blame this on the reporter to get out of it.”
That’s pretty lame and a weasel apology. What Taylor means is he didn’t say this exactly the way the reporter reported it so blame the reporter. And oh yes, he apologizes.
Here’s what big men do. They make a mistake, they say they made a mistake and they say they’re sorry. People accept that. They understand people make errors and respect someone who owns up to them.
Now Taylor owes a second apology … to the reporter.
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