The Associated Press is reporting that New York Post parent company News Corp. is forming an external diversity council in response to pressure over a widely-circulated and much-maligned cartoon by staffer Sean Delonas that critics said compared President Barack Obama to a dead chimpanzee.
The cartoon first appeared on February 18, and critics became so vocal that News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch published an apology in the Post. At the time, civil rights and community organizations demanded further action.
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said Wednesday that News Corp. had agreed to form a “diversity community council” that will meet semiannually with company executives. The council will include members of the NAACP, 100 Black Men of America, the National Action Network and the National Urban League. However, News Corp. spokesman Jack Horner said Al Sharpton, a longtime adversary of the New York Post, will not be on the panel.