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Current comic controversy elicits Murdoch mea culpa; we ask him to look in archives

by Jeremy Hooper

Rupert Murdoch has offered up a personal apology for Sean Delonas' monkey-stimulus 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.

A positive move after last week's unacceptable Post "apology." But what Murdoch and others still are failing to see: That this is not an isolated incident! Sean Delonas has been Sean-Delonasoffending the LGBT community for YEARS. And not just the more sensitive members -- his visual bits o' bigotry have connected with even the most forgiving of 'mos.

A cartoon whose sole joke is to call George Takei's wedding "illogical" A visual suggestion that same-sex marriage will lead to bestiality. The list goes on and on. And it's time that Murdoch and everyone involved to address not only the latest controversy, but also the seemingly divisive mindset that led to its creation!

**UPDATE, 2/25: GLAAD's on it:

Delonas Controversy Is A Symptom Of A Larger Problem At The Post [GLAAD]

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Your thoughts

Rupert Murdoch is an evil man with far too much control on our media. Please boycott his papers and other media stations and tell those that advertise on his networks that you will no longer support them if they continue to give their advertising dollars to those media outlets.

It is time to change the way we do business in this country and we shouldn't accept his lame apology.

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Posted by: Everything Matters | Feb 24, 2009 11:20:27 AM

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