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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
What the Fox!!? Rupert Murdoch ... (gulp) ... apologizes

I guess if you want something done right ... argh... you've got to do it yourself. Rupert Murdoch has personally apologized for that dead chimp cartoon. From today's New York Post:

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.

Could this have anything to do with Rev. Al's smart tactic: going after Rupe's FCC waiver? Well, let's be big about it and say that per many stories, the right pirate of news really has softened up in his old age. That said, if you go by Michael Wolffe, I think this means that editor guy is like, totally out of a job...


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posted by JReid @ 2:08 PM  
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Post apologizes, in its own nasty little way, for 'that cartoon'
Vanity Fair's Michael Wolffe appears on "Countdown" for one of the more prescient interviews in recent memory. He opines that the increasingly liberal, pro-Obama News Corp head, Rupert Murdoch is not amused by the Chimp/stimulus cartoon, and that Col Allen, the Post's editor, will soon go quietly away, back to Australia. Watch:

And though Wolffe did say that News Corp doesn't respond to outside pressure, not long after, Keith announced that the Post has succumbed to outside (or is that Murdochian, inside) pressure, and issued the following non-apology apology, entitled simply: "That cartoon" ...
It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.


But it has been taken as something else - as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.

This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past - and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon - even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.

In other words: "we still hate you, Keith."

Well, it's a start.

And yes, a brand new Delonas cartoon did run today. It's decidedly, much more mild. Even still, Mr. Delonas has probably never, ever, gotten so much attention.


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posted by JReid @ 11:02 PM  
Post employees distance themselves from the monkey cartoon
From the Huffpo:
On Wednesday, an employee of the paper told the Huffington Post that the phone lines had been inundated with complaints over what was interpreted as a racially charged jab at Obama. "As they f--king should be," said the source.

Today, meanwhile, the Post's Associate Editor, Sandra Guzman, sent out an email to other reporters distancing herself from the paper's cartoon and acknowledging that she has talked to management about her disapproval.

"Thank you for your feedback," reads the email. "Please know that I had nothing to do with the Sean Delonas cartoon. I neither commissioned or approved it. I saw it in the paper yesterday with the rest of the world. And, I have raised my objections to management. --Sandra Guzman."

Meanwhile, Robert Gibbs doesn't spend much time reading the New York Post??? Well what the hell is he doing all day, then?

Al Sharpton led a protest today (of course he did!) and is calling for a boycott of the Murdochian paper.

And the cartoonist, Sean Delonas' website is temporarily down. I suppose it does take time, pulling down all of one's previously offensive cartoons, doesn't it...

Oh, and before the wingers fall too hard for Sean, you might want to check out this one.


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