Feb 24, 2009

Via HuffingtonPost.com:

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.

Yesterday I had a conversation with a white colleague of mine and he asked me how I felt about the cartoon. I told him I found it offensive and he asked my why because he didn't understand why people were so upset, but once I explain to him the history of African Americans being referred to as Baboons, chimps, and monkeys in this country he understood. I said this to say that even in our angry we have to understand that there are honestly some people who are ignorant to the plight of us as a people and if we can use this as a catalyst to discuss race we should. The only way it will stop being a problem is if we address the problem heads on.

1 comment:

  1. Assuming that your colleague is around your age, I can see why he maybe would not understand the outrage (although it wouldn't take much research to find out, but whatever). However, I'm sure that Mr. Murdoch, in all of his 77 years on this planet, has lived enough, has seen enough, to know how that illustration could be interpreted to be racist. I'm sure he could bear witness to the time when such hurtful illustrations were run in print and broadcast media without censorship, and without widespread outrage.

    Understanding that he did not make the final call on printing the illustration, he is right, the buck does ultimately stop with him, and for him to say that he had to ask around to understand the offensive nature of the drawing to me is preposterous. He's seen enough history, he should have known immediately.