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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

White House apologizes for insult to Italian premier.

This is from CNN.
It is always dangerous to distribute the truth to people. Some people may actually read it and be offended. Insults are fine even if not true but only if they are directed against enemies.


White House apologizes for insult to Italian premier


TOYAKO, Japan (AP) -- Sorry about that, Silvio.

An embarrassed White House apologized Tuesday for an "unfortunate mistake" -- a less-than-flattering biography of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi at the Group of Eight summit.
The summary of Berlusconi was buried in a nearly inch-thick tome of background that the White House distributed at the summit of major economic powers. The press kit was handed out to the White House traveling press corps. Still, the gaffe led to headlines in Italy.
The biography described Berlusconi as one of the "most controversial leaders in the history of a country known for government corruption and vice." Watch where G-8 leaders find common ground »
It was just last month that Berlusconi welcomed U.S. President George W. Bush to Rome, calling him "a personal friend of mine and also a great friend of Italy." And Bush responded then: "You're right. We're good friends."
The biography, written by Encyclopedia of World Biography, said Berlusconi burst onto the political scene with no experience and used his "vast network of media holdings" to finance his campaign on a promise to "purge the notoriously lackadaisical Italian government of corruption."
The biography went on to say that Berlusconi was appointed to the prime minister's office in 1994

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