The New York Times published a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon of a blind, obviously Jewish President Trump being led around by a canine Benjamin Netanyahu. This bigoted cartoon was published in the paper’s Thursday edition.
The New York Times’ cartoon was compared to another almost identical piece of Nazi propaganda from the 1940.
Pic 1: The Jew leads Winston Churchill.
Nazi Germany 1940.
— Kay Wilson (@kishkushkay) April 28, 2019
The New York Times did not acknowledge their “mistake” until Saturday. Even then the New York Times issued a statement calling the sick cartoon “an error in judgement.” They finally pulled the cartoon after two days.
It is worth noting that the shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue occurred Saturday as well. The shooter published a manifesto referring to President Trump as a “Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous cocksucker.”
One has to wonder whether the New York Times’ anti-Semitic cartoon triggered the shooter to commit his violent act.
The New York Times’ statement was blasted by both sides of the political spectrum. While the newspaper acknowledged that the cartoon was vile and would be pulled, the New York Times failed to actually apologize for publishing such bigotry in the first place.
Sunday afternoon, after another full day of criticism, the New York Times finally issued an apology for their blatant anti-Semitism.
We apologize for the anti-Semitic cartoon we published. Here’s our statement. pic.twitter.com/nifZahutpO
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 28, 2019
Unfortunately for the New York Times, their statement failed to satisfy anyone. The former paper of record was once again blasted on Twitter.
What took you so long huh? Why was it allowed to be published in the first place?
— Ava (@lyan118) April 28, 2019
So deeply sorry that it took you more than a day to realize you were sorry and to apologize? Glad to hear there will be significant changes going forward. Will be even more glad if they are substantive. You have a long ugly history to overcome.
— Lori LowenthalMarcus (@LoriLMarcus) April 28, 2019
If, indeed, this came from a syndicate, then it’s incumbent upon the Times to A) cancel their subscription to that syndication service and B) publicly name the company that supplied it.
— EJ Hill (@EJHill_PSC) April 28, 2019
I think what’s interesting here is that you did print it and nobody’s surprised. Trying to pin it on a single editor is as lame as it is transparent. Don’t apologise for the views you clearly hold.
— Jason Bournemouth (@stewspurs) April 28, 2019
Better late than nev- actually, yea, it is too late.
— Serial Satirist (@SerialSatirist) April 28, 2019
Amazing it took not one but two statements to apologize for running this blatantly anti-Semitic garbage.
— Michael Shapiro (@mis2127) April 28, 2019
Shame on you, NYT.
— MSuzano (@mgsuzano) April 28, 2019
I’m calling bullshit on this one. No way one person at a publication of that size made the decision without any oversight. This is purely CYA. And if it did happen as claimed, then there are deeper problems at @nytimes and @nytopinion beyond this one incident.
— Brian (@aggiebc05) April 28, 2019
This is what I find so galling about the New York Times’ “apology.” The editors of a very large, internationally published newspaper are expecting everyone to believe that one editor has enough power to publish whatever they want, no matter how hateful and racist it is.
That is, for lack of a better word, complete and utter bullshit. Large multi-national corporations have layer upon layer of oversight built into them. Sometimes excessively so. It’s very hard to even sneeze at some corporations without first getting approval from five different departments (in triplicate).
And don’t even get me started on those damn TPS reports.
There’s simply no way that the publication of such a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon was committed by a loan, rogue editor. Yet that’s exactly what the New York Times wants us to believe.
A better apology would have been for the New York Times to acknowledge the mistake, apologize profusely, and tell everyone that the responsible party had been fired and that the Times would never again do business with the subscription service that provided said cartoon. It shouldn’t have taken three days and an attempted mass shooting at a synagogue to cause the New York Times to realize the error of its ways.
The plain and simple truth, of course, is that the New York Times took so long to apologize for this cartoon because they don’t see the issue with it. This wasn’t a lone editor “working without oversight.” Whoever placed that cartoon on the Opinion page for Thursday’s edition knew exactly what they were doing.
The Opinion page was sent up the food chain, and the decision was made to run with the cartoon. Whether it made it to publication because it was anti-Trump or because the editors of the New York Times are themselves anti-Semites is irrelevant. The fact remains the cartoon was approved.
The New York Times has told all Americans exactly where it stands morally. For all its preening and posturing about journalistic morals and ethics, at the end of the day the Times is a hotbed of bigotry. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a conservative or a liberal. No one can justify their support of the New York Times any more after today. The newspaper has once and for all shed any remaining credibility it might have once had.
And it did so willingly.
You can be a decent person or you can be a New York Times subscriber…but you can’t be both.