Detroit’s emergency manager issued his first public apology Wednesday for calling the city “dumb, lazy, happy and rich.”
Kevyn Orr addressed the issue to the reporting staff at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) for the first time since his comments to Wall Street Journal editorial writer Allysia Finley, which appeared online Aug. 2 and in the Aug. 3 print version of the newspaper.
“I was not as sensitive as perhaps I should have been … to the fact that some people who do not read the Wall Street Journal would have interpreted that in a way that I was not making a figurative statement about complacency but a literal statement about the people. … That was not my intent.
“I would say very clearly to the people of the Detroit, I apologize to the extent anyone was offended. Let’s get by this. I want to remove the emotion,” Orr is heard saying on a video on the station’s website.
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