On Thursday the New York Times published a blatantly antisemitic political cartoon and went nearly two days before apologizing and pulling the disgusting display.
The paper ran the cartoon showing a blind President Donald Trump, wearing a yarmulke, with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu portrayed as a dog on a leash, wearing a Star of David collar.
The horribly antisemitic cartoon came under immediate criticism from nearly all corners of the political spectrum. By Saturday, the “paper of record” removed the cartoon, but did not really offer a full apology.
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“A political cartoon in the international print edition of The New York Times on Thursday included anti-Semitic tropes, depicting the prime minister of Israel as a guide dog with a Star of David collar leading the president of the United States, shown wearing a skullcap,” read the editor’s note on Saturday. “The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it. It was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it.”
The paper said it was “an error of judgement to publish it.”
That is far from an apology. Donald Trump, Jr., slammed the paper for refusing to fully apologize for publishing the cartoon.
Of course they did. No one has ever held them accountable why would they do it to themselves???
NYT Ducks Transparency, Accountability for Antisemitic Cartoon https://t.co/lyLHx41gxD
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 28, 2019
Others ridiculed the paper too:
Despite the criticism, the paper refused to make a full apology for more than a day.
Finally, on Sunday the paper issued a full apology.
“We are deeply sorry for the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon last Thursday in the print edition of The New York Times that circulates outside of the United States, and we are committed to making sure nothing like this happens again,” the New York Times said in a statement.
The Times continued:
Such imagery is always dangerous, and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, it’s all the more unacceptable. We have investigated how this happened and learned that, because of a faulty process, a single editor working without adequate oversight downloaded the syndicated cartoon and made the decision to include it on the Opinion page. The matter remains under review, and we are evaluating our internal processes and training. We anticipate significant changes.
We apologize for the anti-Semitic cartoon we published. Here’s our statement. pic.twitter.com/nifZahutpO
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 28, 2019
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