This is not racism

Posted: February 20, 2009 in anti-truth, hate, lies, obama, racism, republicans

Well, at least according to the idiotors at the New York Post.  By now we’ve all been thoroughly immersed in the controversy surrounding the idiotorial cartoon printed this week by Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing rag.

NY Post Cartoon 02-18

NY Post Cartoon 02-18

Of course, once again you’d have to have been living under a rock for the past, oh, 100 years, not to know that A) black people have been compared ufavorably to monkeys in the past, B) President Obama is the author of the stimulus bill (I know, not the only one, but the image is clear), C) Barack Obama is black, and D) this is racist trash.

But, in typical right-wing racist style, the idiotorial staff of the New York Post defended the cartoon with an even more insane statement:

“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.”

Ah, blaming the victim.  That’s never been done before, either.  This cartoon is not “broadly mocking”, it is specific and targeted.  The subtleties of the cartoon must have been lost on my feeble imagination.  Either that, or the nutburgers at the New York Post must think we’re as stupid as they are.  Or that we’ve been living under the same rock as they have.

The controversy may not have fallen upon entirely deaf ears, however.  In a statement yesterday, the New York Post apologized for the cartoon.  Sort of.  Here it is:

Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon – caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut – has created considerable controversy.

It shows two police officers standing over the chimp’s body: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.

It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.


But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.

This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.

A cartoon may sometimes be “just a cartoon”, but racism is always racism.  Once again, Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing trash recycling machine has shown its true colors, and they’re not pretty.  The fact is, the people offended by the cartoon saw it for what it was – a vile piece of racist trash.  It’s the editorial staff of the New York Post that are out of touch with reality.

One wonders whether they’d see it differently if a similar cartoon had been run by, say, the New York Times about, say, RNC Chairman Michael “Token” Steele?  Would they see the racism inherent in it then?  Or would they, for the sake of consistency, claim it was “broadly mocking”?

Somehow, I doubt it.

  1. American Heartland Bar and Grill says:

    This is our commentary this morning on the whole mess.

    The Post should have exercised more editorial discretion over the cartoon. But everyone seems to be forgetting the real victim here- the 55 year old woman who had her face ripped apart and hands mauled by said chimpanzee.

  2. Glen Waldow says:

    I don’t blog. I’m neither a journalist with a grudge against the Post nor one of the many African American who was (understandably) offended. I am a White Christian Man, a Husband, Father and Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. I don’t profess to know anything about journalism or the editing/quality control measures (that should be) in place in any publication that provides news to countless hundreds (that was my token joke). Despite my humble background, I find it hard to believe that in some journalism 101 class, there isn’t a few credit hours set aside to warn our future members of the press to give some thought before using caracatures of monkeys, apes, persons with big noses, slanted eyes, buck teeth…you get the picture. I find it impossible to reconcile what we know of our nation’s history with regards to race, against what I will catagorize as a galactic lapse in prudence by the staff of the Post, and not come to the opinion the NY Post is neither penitent nor less than completely culpable and therefore deserving of the torrent of criticism that has come to them as a result of their cartoon. The only thing thinly veiled by the Post was their sarcistic, conditional apology, which in my opionion was just as offensive as the cartoon.

  3. Afrit007 says:

    You’re absolutely right. Their “apology” was nothing more than blaming the offended for being offended. It’s a well known tactic of weasels and liars to issue a false apology by way of saying “if anyone was offended, we’re sorry”.

    I’m proud to say I’ve never bought a copy of the New York Post, and I’m even prouder now to say I never will. It’s trash suitable only for lining litter boxes and bird cages.

  4. chamay0 says:

    The post is one of my local papers and is always a source of racism, lies, and disinformation.

    To most New Yorkers the Post is the equivalent of a tabloid. Short of belonging to the right wing club, no one takes notice of that rag. That they would go so deep into the basement of vileness to boost their circulation is not very shocking.

    I work directly across the street from them. They have a ticker that spans their building, which they use to post brief summaries of their news. You have no idea the depth of their slanderous statements. Those are the types of statements I would see daily (and still somewhat now) during the general election and shortly thereafter. Their contemptuous bias knew no bounds and their insinuations were always of the nasty negative stereotype when it concerned our president, his wife, and/or democrats.

    I was very happy when they got blasted on over this latest stunt. It’s about fucking time. I hope the repercussions continue.

  5. Afrit007 says:

    The New York Post truly represents some of the worst humanity has to offer. Of course, it’s what we’ve come to expect from any media outlet owned by Rupert Murdoch.

    They clearly did what they did as a puerile, sophomoric attention-getting stunt. It worked, to a certain degree, in the same way that all such tricks work. They’re getting their beat-down, and it’s about time.

    Times have changed. If we’re going to prove America is a nation worthy once again of international respect, we have absolutely GOT to call this shit out when we see it, and make sure the perpetrators are named and shamed.