Kevyn Orr Apologizes For “Lazy, Dumb” Comment About Detroit

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    Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr issued his first apology Wednesday for his comment in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, calling the city “lazy, dumb”.  The article “Kevyn Orr: How Detroit Can Rise Again” appeared in a recent issue of the publication.

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    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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