Comparing Canadians to Nazis is something Fort Worth Star-Telegram sportswriter Gil LeBreton won’t do again.
He’s as sorry as sorry can be, people.
A little online reconnaissance shows LeBreton has been taking shrapnel from all sides.
The original column from Feb. 28 is still listed among the most read stories on the paper’s website. More than 500 comments have been left, mostly by shocked and angry Canadians.
Reading these comments, along with comments left on my original post and on other blog sites, indicates that many Canadians are under the illusion that Canada single-handedly defeated Hitler and Nazi Germany.
LeBreton’s subsequent apology column on March 1 has almost as many comments. It wasn’t very apologetic.
A Facebook page called “Hold Gil LeBreton and The Star-Telegram Accountable” has more than 2,200 members. One posted a tweet allegedly left by LeBreton after his original story was published but before the huge outcry that led to his apology: “The truth hurts, eh, Canada? It’s supposed to be an Olympics, not a drunken pep rally.”
Still, the Calgary Herald interviewed LeBreton and described him as “one chastened, regretful columnist” and “contrite and deeply apologetic.”
Check out LeBreton’s quotes from that story: “I want to apologize personally to you and to your readers. I want to apologize for my stupidity for picking the worst possible analogy for making my point… . I simply could not – could not – have picked a worse analogy. I hope you believe me when I say I know I should have been smarter and done better. . . I should have been a better American citizen as well as a citizen of the world.”
That certainly sounds better to Canadians than, “The truth hurts, eh, Canada?”
LeBreton isn’t the only one groveling. Another Facebook member complained to the Star-Telegram but was pacified after she received responses from big wigs, including publisher Gary Wortel: “
My theory was that some Americans, so convinced everybody on the planet only wants to be American, are puzzled by the patriotism of other nations. LeBreton obliquely confirms that thought.
‘Canada was having this great awakening, this flood of patriotism, and we should have sat back and applauded that. But in my case I didn’t know how to interpret that, and I let it influence my judgment Sunday night.’”