An Ethics Dunce Apologizes
When you do something unethical and hurtful that cannot be undone, the only remaining ethical course is to apologize and do whatever you can to mitigate the damage. That is what Doug Wead is doing now, following widespread and richly deserved criticism [See February Ethics Dunce: Doug Wead] of his surreptitious taping of George W. Bush while he was running for the presidency and his subsequent justification of his conduct after he revealed sections of the tape to journalists in order to promote his upcoming book.
In today’s USA Today’s letters section, Wead’s complete apology appears under the heading "I’m sorry, Mr. President." Here it is:
Wead’s public apology doesn’t change the magnitude of his betrayal, or
wipe the slate clean. But a full confession takes courage and a willingness
to accept responsibility for one’s actions, and Wead deserves credit for
doing the right thing after doing an undeniably wrong thing. Few of those
who are featured in the Scoreboard can bring themselves to do what he
has done. He cannot restore his trustworthiness with one letter, but it
is definitely an excellent start.