Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul whose holdings include the New York Post, issued a full apology today for the Post's publication of a cartoon some believed implicitly compared President Obama to a crazed chimp.
While the Post had previously apologized for the cartoon, that apology was at times defiant and refused to cede ground to what it called "opportunists," an apparent reference to figures like the Rev. Al Sharpton, who lead some of the protests against the Post.
In contrast, Murdoch's apology was more direct and conciliatory:
"As the chairman of The New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.
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"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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