Tuesday, February 24, 2009

That’s Better

Rupert Murdoch has personally apologized for the dead-chimp New York Post cartoon.

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.

That’s better than this sneering attempt last week by the editors. Mr. Murdoch does not qualify it with “if’s,” and he takes responsibility for it.

I don’t often find much to praise Rupert Murdoch for, but in this case, I give him unqualified kudos for being the grown-up in the room.

And I suspect that cartoonist Sean Delonas will soon be looking for work.