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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: Our Most Read Stories Of The Year

delonas cartoon.jpgLayoffs, magazine closures and a racially charged cartoon top FishbowlNY’s most-read stories this year. A quick skim through the list says it all about what was most important to you in 2009, from massive layoffs at Forbes and Condé Nast, to bidding mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby farewell as she headed out on sabbatical.

1. February 18, Is the New York Post Comparing Obama to a Rabid Monkey?

2. February 9, Anderson News Suspends Operations

3. October 5, Breaking: Condé Shutters Four Magazines: Cookie, Gourmet, Two Bridal Titles

4. January 28, Will The New Yorker Fold Next?

5. October 28, Forbes Layoffs Decimate Staff

6. September 30, Exit Interview: Mediabistro Founder Laurel Touby

7. September 17, Ira Glass Reveals The End Of ‘This American Life’ TV Show

8. May 14, Times‘ Frank Bruni Leaves The Restaurant Beat Behind

9. December 15, Breaking: I.D. Magazine Shutters

10. October 26, Breaking: More Layoffs Hit Forbes

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Post Fires Editor Who Was Critical Of Racist Cartoon

delonas.jpgThe Huffington Post reports that The New York Post has fired associate editor Sandra Guzman, months after she was critical of a Sean Delonas cartoon that garnered criticism last February for its comparison between a crazed chimpanzee and President Barack Obama.

Although HuffPo, citing anonymous Post employees, said Guzman’s firing “seemed retributive,” the News Corp.-owned paper claims the editor was dismissed because they “discontinued” the section she worked for, Tempo, which focuses on Latino culture and heritage.

But perhaps the Post could have picked a better time to end their Latino-focused section than in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month. We imagine this isn’t the last we’ll hear of this latest Post controversy.

NY Post Fires Editor Critical Of Racist Obama-Stimulus Cartoon –Huffington Post

Earlier: Is The New York Post Comparing Obama To A Rabid Monkey?

Murdoch Apologizes for Stimulus Writing Monkey Getting Gunned Down By Police (So Humorous It Caused a Week Long Protest) Cartoon

2009-02-18-cartoon.jpgHow often does a New York paper engaged the Klan? Not too often.

Rupert Murdoch, not being big on apologizing for anything. Ever. Actually personally apologizes for that horrible Sean Delonas 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.

Via FishbowlNY

FBLA Readers Say Monkey Cartoon ‘Ain’t Right’

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By an overwhelming majority, our readers that voted think the cartoon by Sean Delonas that ran in the NY Post yesterday was inappropriate at best.

A lot of people voted in on this one. A lot. It’s clearly got people ‘up in arms’. For the record – we thought the New Yorker cover last summer was funny and pretty decent satire. The controversy around it was stupid. But the cover was poignant.

Here’s the thing with comedy: poking fun at power is funny. Kicking the weak is not funny. Monkeys – very funny. Cops shooting monkey dead – not funny. Cops being stupid – funny. Cops assassinating man-like mammals – not funny.

Equating our new first black president to an assassinated (shot twice in the chest) monkey – NOT FUNNY.

And even saying,”No, no – he didn’t mean Obama – he meant Congress.”

We say that true racists – true ones – not the ones you have to read between the lines to see they are kind of biased – but the real ones. The ones on the mailing lists for neo-Nazi groups. The ones that complain that their local dry cleaner won’t starch their white hood properly. When those people look at this cartoon – do THEY see Congress?

And if THEY like it – hang it in their cabins – put it on t-shirts and email it to all their friends – then? – then is it racist?

Is the New York Post Comparing Obama to a Rabid Monkey?

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Hopefully this is not how the New York Post intends to celebrate Black History Month. It’s not entirely clear who thought this was a good idea but this is the cartoon, by Sean Delonas, running in today’s Post. Clearly, the cartoon was partially inspired by yesterday’s horrific chimpanzee attack, as well as the signing of the stimulus bill yesterday, but it is also has unmistakable racial undertones.

The Post editor-in-chief Col Allan says: “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut…It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”

Sharpton’s initial response after the jump.

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