On The Inadvisability Of Apologizing

I read an interesting item in a trade publication this morning. It's about Maxim Magazine, which many men read for the articles. The piece from the Hollywood Reporter runs in its entirety:

Painted Word

Maxim magazine has apologized for publishing in its March issue an unfavorable two and a half star review of the Black Crowes album "Warpaint" by a writer who hadn't heard the entire album. "It is Maxim's editorial policy to assign star ratings only to those albums that have been heard in their entirety," editorial director James Kaminsky said Tuesday. "Unfortunately, that policy was not followed in the March 2008 issue, and we apologize to our readers."

Okay, now what strikes you about this? Several things occur to me...