This shouldn’t be a big deal – it should be par for the course. You make a mistake. You say “sorry, I shouldn’t have done that”. But it isn’t commonplace at all. Greg Sargeant writes:
Yesterday Olbermann had writer Lawrence O’Donnell as a guest on his show. They talked about Edwards, Obama, and Reagan.
But then some people pointed out that Olbermann shouldn’t have done this. Why? Because just a few days ago, O’Donnell wrote a piece for The Huffington Post called “John Edwards Is A Loser,” which suggested that perhaps he just might harbor a bit of animus towards the guy and might not be equipped to discuss Edwards fairly.
When Olbermann learned what happened and heard that people were griping, he did a funny thing: He actually weighed the criticism on its merits. And he admitted that he’d screwed up