>It's not the opinion that is a problem, it was the way he came out and said our careers have been dedicated to a mistake in some way of trying to win HIMSELF some controversial maverick type praise when he's just an engineer like us and should know darn better than to say it to the press and then say absolutely nothing in response. It was very insulting.<<br /><br />There are some important counter points to throw into the equation, however. <br /><br />Firstly, yes - I agree, it was a error on Griffin's part to be that candid to the media - without giving counter points to balance his opinion. Honesty is a virtue, but unfortunately the mass media aren't that forgiving. His open letter than followed gave the aforementioned balance to his opinion, so I was a bit surprised to see this is still on-going as if some people haven't seen the clarification from Griffin. <br /><br />He's a rocket scientist, not a press officer and he'll learn from this - at the very least his PR people should!<br /><br />It's interesting to see the full transcript of his quote sheet as he never actually said the now infamous quote "mistake" - he agreed with a leading question and was then paraphrased into a soundbtye which they led with.<br /> <br />I personally have the utmost respect for USA workers, especially after what they've been through, twice, and still bounced back. I don't need to go into what I'm referring to there. To that end I do understand the anger surrounding this initial article and don't agree with the posts which are disrespectful towards USA workers. <br /><br />However - especially following the counter statement from Griffin - it would be best for everyone to move on as the old phrase "yesterday's news is today's fish and chip paper" is very apt with this now. (The Americans on here won't have a clue what that phrase is all about! But it means the story is now old news and over. It's seems some people want it to be dragged on when both ends - I feel - have been closed).