Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Late Debate - An Apology Forthcoming


I have been informed by station management that this apology will be be read on the Late Debate:

TO BE READ LIVE ON AIR @ 10:45 pm on Wednesday, April 18

On a serious note...

We have had a good deal of serious political discussion going on in Minnesota and the nation. In such conversations, I am a great believer in freedom of speech. Yet, sometimes in my zeal... I get carried away.

My show on April 11, 2012, was one of those moments. I want to apologize tonight to Professor Bill Gleason. Professor Gleason and I have exchanged ideas through Twitter in the past and we disagree on most political issues. On April 11, 2012 I attempted to visit him at his office. I sincerely apologize to him because my attempt to have an in-person confrontation about our differences was inappropriate. He had previously informed me that such a visit was unwelcome. Furthermore, what I said on the Late Debate about my failed attempt to confront him at his office was wrong. I know I can do better... and for that, I sincerely apologize to Professor Gleason.

Professor Gleason's opinions are valuable and he is always welcome to participate on The Late Debate. Even though we disagree on almost everything, I am sure we agree that freedom of speech is important to all citizens. Everyone's opinion should to be heard with respect. We need to work together to make this a better Minnesota.

Professor Gleason, thanks for your past communications. You are a worthy political opponent and I welcome hearing from you in the future. I hope you will accept my apology because I am truly sorry for my inappropriate actions.

Professor Gleason has already seen this apology and he has accepted it. He has also extended his thanks to the station management for a speedy and fair resolution of this matter.
Furthermore, station management has assured me that Mr. Tomczak will stay away from my home and office.  Mr. Tomczak will also honor my twitter posting request that he not post in a manner that a reasonable person would consider to be threatening or harassing.

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