“I (your name here) lost my bearings…”
We all know how the dance goes. Some celebrity or businessman or politician is caught doing something bad, and after a period of denial they then go through the weepy shame phase, ending in a cathartic display on some TV interview show, and they just seem so darned sincere…
That’s why I love the story of Zhang Shaocang, a very senior power company official who is on trial for corruption in China. Zhang wept as he read a four-page letter of apology, admitting, “I gradually lost my bearings and the scope of my position.”
The only problem is, that sentiment – and much of the rest of Zhang’s statement – seem to have been taken word-for-word from an earlier apology letter by some other guy, a disgraced party chief elsewhere in China. There is speculation that Zhang may have come across that letter in a paper he read while he was being held for questioning. Excuse me, guard, is there a Xerox machine around here?
Paris Hilton waves to photographers with her reflection mirrored on the vehicle’s surface as she leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles after taping an interview with talk show host Larry King, June 27, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser