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Murdoch Apologizes for 'Racist' Dead-Chimp Cartoon

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Murdoch Apologizes for 'Racist' Dead-Chimp Cartoon

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Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., finally weighed in on the controversy surrounding the dead-chimp cartoon in the New York Post by offering an apology on the paper's Web site early this morning.

The apology, posted at 2:22 a.m., addresses the fallout from a cartoon many considered racist, and a dig at President Obama.

"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," Murdoch writes. "As the chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me." Murdoch's mea culpa delivers a far different message than the Post's terse initial statement, titled "That Cartoon," on Feb. 19, which read, in part: " Wednesday's Page Six cartoon -- caricaturing Monday's police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut -- has created considerable controversy. It shows two police officers standing over the chimp's body: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," one officer says. …

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