There must be some joke here to be made about hell freezing over and monkeys flying. (Anyone know the last time Rupert Murdoch wrote a personal letter of apology for his paper?) Anyway, as sort-of speculated by Michael Wolff the other day it seems that Rupe was not happy about the chimpanzee cartoon. Not sure anyone really anticipated this sort of response so quickly — there’s definitely no ‘sort-of’ about it — however it appears that Rupe hopes to put an end to the controversy before it gets any further out of hand. It remains to be seen whether this will assuage the protesters and it’s interesting to note there is no mention made of editor Col Allan or his future at the paper.
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.