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Murdoch apologizes for New York Post chimp cartoon
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Published: Tuesday February 24, 2009


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The following statement was issued Tuesday by Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of News Corporation, regarding a cartoon that ran earlier this month showing an image of a chimpanzee being shot dead and making reference to Obama's bailout plan.


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.


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