The cartoon that really, really wasn't funny… (updated)

I heard about this cartoon on the Ed Shultz Show at noon today, but I was stuck at work and had no ability to blog. By now, everyone and I mean everyone, has commented on this cartoon. I really don’t have much thoughtful or insightful to add, but I will say that this is 2009 and Barack Obama is our president. Eric Holder is the Attorney General of the United States. Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State. It is a brand-new day. Although cartoons like these are stupid, crass, classless, ignorant, insensitive and racist, it just doesn’t hurt as much as it used to.

I look for Rupert Murdoch and/or the New York Post to come out with some overly simplistic statement about how the cartoon was not meant to be offensive. I predict, in fact, that the New York Post will take some significant heat over this cartoon, but I’ll be surprised if anyone of any importance is fired. There is no way the guys in the editorial room didn’t look at this cartoon and say, “Geez, this is a little over the top.” If nobody said that then everybody in that room needs to be fired. That would mean that nobody in the editorial room is in touch with the new dynamic. (Maybe they should all go work for one of the major banks, since they don’t seem to be in touch either.)

From C&L:

Cartoonist Sean Delonas of the Murdoch-owned NY Post is under fire for a cartoon published today depicting two police officers shooting a chimpanzee. According to Think Progress, the incident was inspired by a pet chimp attacking a woman in Connecticut.

But Delonas’ caption reads, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”, tying the chimp to Obama‘s recent signing of the Economic Recovery Bill.

The Rev. Al Sharpton says a New York Post cartoon that appears to link President Obama to a violent chimpanzee is “troubling at best.”

The cartoon in Wednesday’s Post by Sean Delonas shows a dead chimp and two police officers, one with a smoking gun.

The caption reads, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”[..]

Sharpton called the cartoon offensive and divisive.

The Post had no immediate comment.


A newsroom employee at The Post, who spoke on condition of anonymity because employees were not permitted to comment on the matter, said its newsroom received many calls of complaints on Wednesday morning after the publication of the cartoon. “Every line was lit up for several hours,” the employee said. “The phones on the city desk have never rung like that before.” Many Post staff members were dismayed by the cartoon, the employee added.

From New York Governor Paterson:

“It would be very important for The New York Post to explain what the cartoon was intended to portray,” Mr. Paterson said in response to a question about whether the cartoon’s depiction of a monkey was racist, as Mr. Sharpton has suggested. “Obviously those types of associations have been made. They do feed a kind of negative and stereotypical way that people think. But I think if it’s enough that people are raising this issue, I hope they would clarify.”

UPDATE 2: I never thought that I would update this story.  The NY Post has issued an apology!!  It is a terrible apology but it is the best that the Post can do.  I’m so proud of them.  Now maybe they can begin to do something called journailism but I understand…one step at a time.

Keith has more watch:

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  1. My comment about this chimp stuff leads into another direction. But we all must remember and as I viewed comments on many blogs though out the years we all know Bush was refered to as the white chimp.

    For me, this is all done with the same clear argument and Hypocrisy in America. Viewed from Murdock’s New York Paper with the cartoon in the shooting of the Chimp by White Police man with the caption referring to the Stimulus recovery package in the intuition that the chimp is Obama is an out rage but parallels many comments about Bush though out the years from many many Blogs.

    Just as this rage happened in the New York paper the Post, MSNBC springs this same approach at Burris only in real cable vision. Perhaps this is the Audacity of hope Obama was writing about in his book. Only caught by poor America, then Murdock forced his legions to admit to and apologize publically for the insult blowing up to a cultural out rage.

    Now, MSNBC sensationalized the same way only in live real time cable graphics with instant emotions and clever expressions using another black man as the straw man while just changing the cop, now Mr. Robinson the cop shooting verbal missiles asking Burris to resign. But this time MSNBC openly with defiant laughter ridiculed Burris not guilty of anything to resign. This relation in what I consider free speech treachery that this complicit media has been using this technique for decades to manipulate the electorate.

    From my view Rollin Burris is getting a chuckle, more like roaring laughter, some could call it public humiliation built in reporting from the MSNBC crowd with Joe Scarbough this morning, especially from Eugene Robinson Commentator, and now public police man of the Washington Post, a black man, driveling out top down bias. I used to like Robinson a lot but now it is plain this guy is in it for his something else. Here, asking that Burris should resign. Burris is not guilty of anything, he is showing America the insider political operations that have been routine through decades. But Joe Scarbough and his team want to silence all this because how it shows medias complicity, with likely political connections in corruption over time.

    My God, here we have Andrea Mitchell as political commentary and economic tracker, more likely so deep in to and keeping those who wronged out of jail rather than giving honest reporting. If anyone should resign, it is the whole MSNBC and CNBC crowd.

    Sheesh, from long time insider knowledge and likely the corrupt connection as wife of the architect of America’s most miserable economic problem America that has bungled our economy. The topper, being privy to decades of slim ball decisions for profiteering through her husband Allen Greenspan is a primer commentor in economic and politics. For heavens sakes these people knew all along the lingering pitiful dilemma only waiting hopefully till the Democrats take control. America we are dealing with a truly powerful partisan economy and MSNBC, CNBC are lead player in the corruption.

    All of a sudden America has a dysfunctional economy? Not…

    My simple point is these media types have taken control of do process. Now its called media do prosecution not reporting but publically convicting.

    Even if Burris is guilty I want to see this play out in an indictment and conviction. Likely to watch all of it fall into a “lame perjury” charge, the new century of the Republican Legacy of American justice.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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