Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of the New York Post, Apologizes for the "Chimp Cartoon"

The buck does stop with him and about damn time. When you have the public protesting and targeting your advertisers, and no apology for that horrible cartoon that many believe was about Obama, what else can you do?

You may disagree with Barack Obama, but you don't have to go racist on it. Though Murdoch apologized, look how damn long it took for him to do so? His credibility with many is totally gone.

As the Chairman of the New York Post, 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.


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