This is what you a call a non-apology apology.
U.S. Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano lashed out at the Canadian media yesterday, still ticked that people noticed a factual mistake she made last month while speaking about the 9/11 attacks. You might hear an apology in her statements to CTV -- but only if you're not really listening:
"In the United States, I've misspoken from time to time. I've been in elected office -- you immediately correct it, you apologize and move on," she said.
"What I regret is that Canada can't seem to get beyond one misstatement from what I'm trying to suggest. And what I am suggesting is that we share security concerns, just as we share trade concerns, and share all kinds of concerns. It behooves us both -- both nations -- to work together. We will, in the end, be stronger together."
"You apologize and move on." But when when did Napolitano ever apologize for telling Canadians -- incorrectly -- that some of the 9/11 hijackers came into the United States from Canada? She never did.
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Some of the headlines on this one are amusing. What can you write when nothing is really said by an official?
AP: Napolitano addresses Sept. 11 Canada controversy (The bland and inoffensive headline)
Biz Journals: Napolitano acknowledges misstatement on Canada and 9/11 (Or, I know you know I messed up).
Southern Ledger: Napolitano says stop mentioning her misstatement (This one seems to capture Janet's own snarkiness)