Many, many, many readers have been sending this in, so I guess that it is time to run it. Recently the New York Post ran a political cartoon by Sean Delonas. To many it clearly compared President Obama, the author of the stimulus bill, to the 200lb chimp that was recently shot to death after attacking a woman.
On February 24th Rupert Murdoch released the following statement:
“As the Chairman of the, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.
Last week, we made a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.
Over the past couple of days, I have spoken to a number of people and I now better understand the hurt this cartoon has caused. At the same time, I have had conversations with Post editors about the situation and I can assure you – without a doubt – that the only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation. It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.
We all hold the readers of the New York Post in high regard and I promise you that we will seek to be more attuned to the sensitivities of our community.”