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Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Franken Apology Falls Short

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:42 AM

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., fell short in his apology after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct came to light, according to the editors of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. 

Although the paper praises Franken's statement "professing his shame and embarrassment" as "a necessary move… But his apology falls lamentably short in several respects."

The editorial points out that while Franken apologized, he maintained that he does not remember groping or kissing women without their consent. News anchor Leeann Tweeden shared a photo of Franken with his hands on her chest while she appears to be asleep while traveling for a USO tour Franken performed on about 10 years ago.

"He said he does not recall groping and said he 'would never intentionally' squeeze or grope a woman but often hugs people. Is he suggesting these women could not distinguish between a friendly embrace and groping? Or that at his age he somehow groped unintentionally? Can one credibly apologize for acts without acknowledging they occurred?"

The newspaper notes that "under such circumstances, Franken's apology is less a statement of accountability and more akin to 'I'm sorry for what you think I did.' Franken may just be trying to ride out the storm, as is the case too often these days."

The editorial board concludes that "Franken is right — he has much to do to regain Minnesotans' trust. It may not be possible. As he continues his reflection, we urge the senator to consider what is best for Minnesota and to weigh that more heavily than what might be best for his political career."

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., fell short in his apology after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct came to light, according to the editors of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
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