The New York Post has now officially -- and somewhat surprisingly -- apologized for the cartoon it ran Wednesday, the one that used a dead chimp as a stand-in for the author of the stimulus. It's not exactly the most apologetic apology ever, and the paper tries to re-direct some of the ire that's been aimed its way at the Rev. Al Sharpton, which isn't totally honest; the cartoon was already causing controversy without him. But just seeing the Post apologize in any form is pretty unusual.
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.