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NY Metro cover observes that Oscar showing off is unseeming in the current crisis

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(unlike say, the 170 million Inauguration?)

whole NYT and NY Post apologize

NY Times has to publish this statement as directed by the settlement with McCain

The suit alleged that the published article communicated by carefully drawn implication that Ms. Iseman and Senator John McCain had an illicit romantic relationship in 1999.

When originally published in the midst of a hard fought presidential campaign, the article triggered an avalanche of criticism from readers, public commentators, and even The New York Times’ Public Editor.

And it was part of NY Times non-itemized contribution to the Obama campaign. And no, it was not a typo calling NY Times a tabloid.

The other, more obvious tabloid, NY Post is doing a GOP style apology for a cartoon that fed into the “Ma. they’re racist” hysteria that this election generated. I have no love for the Murdoch rag, but a second wave of rage over a cartoon  is a bit over the top. Anyway, here’s Murdoch’s spiel

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.

And then starts lashing at the protesters

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.

Me, I am with myiq2xu on this

But I would like to point out that President Obama didn’t write the stimulus bill nor is he perceived to have done so.  The authors of the stimulus bill are generally perceived to have been Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, so I don’t know if you can truthfully argue that the cartoon is a clear reference to Obama.

I suppose cartoonists and satirists better say good night now

…Update

here’s a so called “joke” that turned into a fake story – kudos to both TPM and Huffpo for buying into “Fox anchor calls Holder a monkey” – let’s see how many we can browbeat with racism accusations – may I remind everyone that the ones used durin the campaign were also false

Not Your Sweetie

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