The New York Post claims thay they’re ‘sorry’ for the beyond tasteless and taudry cartoon they ran in Wednesday’s ‘newspaper’.
(Is this ever a cover of a respectable news source?)
Here is what they had to say for themselves after the protest:
“Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon — caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut — has created considerable controversy, 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.”
Sounds like an apology so far, right?
Nope. Not so fast. Here’s the rest.
“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.”
They’re sorry but they’re not sorry. Here are the 2 things that are truly genius about this half-assed statement:
1. They place the burden of blame on the public, who they were ‘sorry were offended by the cartoon’. Thus (yeah I said thus) allowing themselves to escape admission of wrongdoing & guilt. I.e.: “I’m sorry that you feel this way.”
2. Whatever trace of an apology was a part of this quote was automatically superceded when they turned around and said they’re not apologetic for being offensive and that Al Sharpton actually spoke up for it. So here’s how this thing really reads:
‘We sorry bout you muthaf*ckers who had got offended by this toon we wrote. We’re not sorry that we wrote it, nor are we retracting it or our previous statements toward it. We were just tryna show you how we really feel about the bill, the President, and subsequently Black people. We also sorry yall are so sensitive.
Al Sharpton’s just tryna get his shine on courtesy of…well, us. And we’re not having it. We also know he’s probably still salted from us making fun of him in the past. So we take back our origional fake ass apology altogether. A Cartoon is a Cartoon. B*tch.”
But you know Sharpton had a response.
“Though we think it is the right thing for them to apologize to those they offended,” the statement appeared to blame those who raised the issue “rather than take responsibility for what they did, ” He accused the newspaper of having “belatedly come with a conditional statement after people began mobilizing and preparing to challenge the waiver of News Corp in the city where they own several television stations and newspapers.”
Now there is a boycott against the paper, encouraging folks not to advertise in or to by the Post.
Don’t you agree?