New York Post apologizes for monkey business



New York Post, 2/18/09, Cartoonist Sean Delonas
New York Post, 2/18/09, Cartoonist Sean Delonas


Last updated: 8:18 pm
February 19, 2009
Posted: 8:00 pm
February 19, 2009

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.

Check out our earlier 2/19/09 post about this issue at

Usually, people don’t apologize unless they feel guilty or know that they were wrong.

Speak your peace.

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