Australian TV reporter issues sorry note for comparing Adele to the late Princess Diana

Australian journalist Mark Coyne issued an apology on Monday after tweeting that Adele had not told him that her new album, 25, was her “new favourite.” Earlier in the day, Coyne tweeted: “If you wanted to know the truth, you would have heard my Adele interview this morning. She’s 25.”

In the following hours, Twitter users dragged Coyne for not giving Adele a fair shake, pointing out that Coyne had given other bands (i.e. Adele’s older albums) fairly serious reviews, and that he failed to acknowledge the extent of Adele’s success. As Coyne himself noted on Twitter, “I tried to be positive about her music. But many others don’t view her as a proper musician.” Coyne has since deleted the offending tweet, adding: “I’m not trying to ‘cause a fuss. I’m just showing my lack of respect. Maybe my next tweet should read ‘I apologize again. This time I don’t care as much.’”

If you wanted to know the truth, you would have heard my @Adele interview this morning. She’s 25. — Mark Coyne (@MarkCoyneSBS) February 26, 2018

I tried to be positive about her music. But many others don’t view her as a proper musician. — Mark Coyne (@MarkCoyneSBS) February 26, 2018

They have the wrong Adele story. Sure, she won album of the year at that year’s Grammys. But she was outstanding with 17th album

If you want to be right, you can start by knowing she had a number one in Europe w/ #25 — Mark Coyne (@MarkCoyneSBS) February 26, 2018

I still don’t know all the lyrics, but it’s my favorite album by a mile. There’s got to be more to it than purely “personal”

She’s a genius. She’s a fraction of the artist she was. She has given us new hopes in modern art — Mark Coyne (@MarkCoyneSBS) February 26, 2018

I used the phrase “her new favourite” – I do regret that. Her new favourite is the moment when we stand up and smile for the first time and realize everything is OK and that we are OK in the world. Not because you are such a great artist. You are not. That is not why people listen to you — Mark Coyne (@MarkCoyneSBS) February 26, 2018

Coyne has not yet responded to requests for clarification on whether he planned to apologize to Adele in person, and what his apology would consist of.

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