Why Joe (and Kanye and Serena) Won't Apologize

Kanye West has tried to apologize twice, once on his blog and once
on Jay Leno. He blew it both times. In each case he referred to having
stolen Taylor’s moment. West doesn’t understand that what he did was
wrong, threatening and self-centered. He simply acknowledged that his
completely narcissistic behavior cut into another celebrity’s moment of

Ms. Williams, having nobody famous to whom to apologize, has yet to
properly acknowledge the implications of threatening a line judge with
bodily harm. Like Mr. West, Ms. Williams fails to understand that it
doesn’t matter how much pressure she was under, it’s not about her! She
was wrong and she should simply say that, apologize for it and shut up.
The storm would pass and she would be forgiven. But that seems to be
beyond her.

Apparently, it’s beyond Joe Wilson also. He apologized to the
President and he has no plans to apologize any more, not to his
colleagues and not to anyone else. Like Kanye West, Wilson seems to
think that his words caused a personal hurt to the President and he is
willing to apologize for that, but not for anything else. —Brad Hirschfield

Last night I came across the text of the statement by Serena Williams, which a headline writer had identified as an “apology,” but the statement begins by praising Serena for her passion, it repeats the claim that the judge’s call was unfair, it confuses the concepts of “passion and emotion” and “foul-mouthed tantrum, and it imagines that the continued adoration of her “fans and supporters” — rather than any change on her part — will help her to “move forward and grow”.

Last night everyone could truly see the passion I have for my job. Now
that I have had time to gain my composure, I can see that while I don’t
agree with the unfair line call, in the heat of battle I let my passion
and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation
poorly. I would like to thank my fans and supporters for understanding
that I am human and I look forward to continuing the journey, both
professionally and personally, with you all as I move forward and grow
from this experience. 
Serena Williams Issues Apology Statement