Murdoch apologizes

Under his own byline, News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch apologized for an editorial cartoon run by The New York Post showing a police officer telling his colleague, who just shot a chimpanzee, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” Wrote Murdoch:

“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

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.

Is that good ’nuff? Nah. If I were a subscriber or advertiser, I’d still boycott ’em.

HT: New York Times blogs