NY Post apologizes for chimp cartoon

The paper isn't exactly totally contrite, but considering the Post's usual stance, any sort of apology is notable.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 20, 2009 2:45PM (EST)

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.

An excerpt:

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.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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