Times Deletes Controversial Cartoon, Apologizes - Page 2

'We are deeply sorry for the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2019 7:51 AM CDT

  • The anger: "Apology not accepted," tweeted the AJC. "How many New York Times editors looked at a cartoon that would not have looked out of place on a white supremacist website and thought it met the paper's editorial standards? What does this say about your processes or your decision makers?"
  • The anger, II: “The Nazis also depicted us as animals,” writes Seth Frantzman in the Jerusalem Post. "They also put Stars of David on us. Antisemites have compared us to dogs, pigs and monkeys before. It used to be that it was on the far-Right that Jews were depicted as controlling the world, like an octopus or a spider.”
  • Counter-view: In the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Zeev Engelmayer writes that the cartoon is not anti-Semitic. "A cartoon is by definition an exaggeration that looks for weak points," he writes. "Sometimes it’s a warning sign: It provides strong, exaggerated images to shock and awaken. That was the case this time, a moment before this duo drags us along with them on a leash on a nighttime stroll."
  • Unaware: CNN reports that most Times staffers in the US had no idea about the cartoon until they saw the initial editor's note, and were dismayed that the note didn't go far enough. On the network Sunday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway made the same point after describing the cartoon as "odious and offensive."
  • Internal critic: Times columnist Bret Stephens was among those blasting the newspaper. "The almost torrential criticism of Israel and the mainstreaming of anti-Zionism, including by this paper ... has become so common that people have been desensitized to its inherent bigotry," he writes in an op-ed.
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