Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of the New York Post’s parent company News Corp, has issued an apology to readers for the controversial cartoon it published last Wednesday that many saw as a racist attack on Barack Obama.
“We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted,” Murdoch said.
Murdoch’s tone is much different than The Post’s first attempt at an apology that came February 19. The Post’s initial apology included the caveat that “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.”
The cartoon, drawn by Post staffer Sean Delonas which ran in the February 18, showed a dead chimpanzee shot by police officers who said to one another, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” The cartoon has been criticized by protesters and readers as depicting President Barack Obama as a chimp.
“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,” Murdoch said.
I Guess We Really Are Just a Nation of Cowards
My cartoon about the cartoon controversy.