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Times Deletes Controversial Cartoon, Apologizes

'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 New York Times building in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – The New York Times is apologizing for a political cartoon critical of Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump widely seen as anti-Semitic. In fact, the newspaper itself agrees with that description. "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 newspaper tweeted. Details:

  • The cartoon: It has been deleted online, but you can see it here via a critical tweet from David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee. The cartoon depicts Netanyahu as a guide dog, wearing the Star of David, leading a blind Trump, who is wearing a skullcap. Harris writes that he's "appalled."
  • Two statements: The Times' first statement said the cartoon had "anti-Semitic tropes" and was "offensive," adding that it was an "error in judgment to publish it." The second statement went further, including the apology mentioned above. "Such imagery is always dangerous, and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, it's all the more unacceptable," said the statement of the image, which ran in international editions. "[B]ecause of a faulty process, a single editor working without adequate oversight downloaded the syndicated cartoon," said the Times. "We anticipate significant changes."

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