Hot on the heels of the "thug cartoon" from last week or so, from the Associated Press: NY Post cartoon seems to link Obama to dead chimp
The New York Post is standing behind a cartoon that some have interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee gunned down by police. The cartoon in Wednesday's Post by Sean Delonas shows two police officers standing over the body of a bullet-riddled chimp. One of the officers says the other, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."Remember, this is the paper that referred to the Iraq Study Group as "Surrender Monkeys" for not buying into the Bush bullshit and made fun of Keith Olbermann for getting a fake anthrax letter (no doubt sent by one of their faithful readers).
That they not only publish something that any idiot could see as a load of racist garbage, but stand by it, defending it and lashing out at someone calling them on it, should come as no surprise at all. Of course the Post is standing by this - it's a far-far-far-right rag owned by Rupert Murdoch. It's Fox Noise: Dead Tree Edition.
We're a long way from a post-racial America. I understand that. And people like this hack of a cartoonist, and the slime at the Post who publish and defend it, understand it, too. The difference is in how we handle it - I work to overcome injustice, while these people try to promote it.
EDIT, 7:12 PM, 2/18/09: The Opoponax in the comments of Pandagon's post on this makes a good point:
Wait, so now it’s perfectly OK for the Post to advocate the assassination of the President?
This would have got somebody sent to Guantanamo if it were published circa 2003-2004.