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Sharpton Won’t Accept Post’s Apology

From New York City’s CBS affiliate, WCBSTV:

Rev. Al Sharpton (C) marches with protesters outside the News Corp. headquarters in New York February 19, 2009. Hundreds of demonstrators rallied to boycott the New York Post, branding the newspaper as racist for publishing a cartoon that appeared to compare President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee.

The Post Issues Apology – To Some – For Cartoon

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NEW YORK (CBS) — For a newspaper all too familiar with creating and stirring controversy, an abrupt and controversial apology from the New York Post issued Thursday is only adding material to the debate on Friday.

Protests over the cartoon drew people from all walks of life Thursday — as activists outlined a detailed plan to show their outrage and demand changes from the spirited tabloid.

It was a huge demonstration, one that clearly got the attention of The Post…

On Thursday night the tabloid newspaper apologized "to those who were offended by the image," in an editorial on its Web site.

"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.

"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." …

Sharpton, who plans another rally for Friday, released a statement, saying he’s not satisfied with simply an apology.

"The New York Post statement will be discussed by all of the leadership of the various groups that have mobilized and we will respond to it at the rally at 5 p.m. tomorrow outside of the New York Post.

"At this point there will be no cancellation of the rally and though we think it is the right thing for them to apologize to those they offended, they seem to want to want to blame the offense on those of whom raised the issue, rather than take responsibility for what they did.

"However, rather than engage as they are in name calling back and forth, we will make a collective decision on how to proceed. All of us can only wish the New York Post had taken a more mature position when the issue was first raised rather than 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."

During Thursday’s protest, CBS 2 HD cameras captured a woman carefully ripping up a copy of The Post.

"How dare you violate the president of the United States?" she said.

A nationally syndicated cartoonist joined the protest.

"I feel like this cartoon is an abuse of the form," said Tony Murphy of the Washington Post Writers Group. "When I draw a cartoon I do it to tell the truth or to build bridge between people or to fight the power. I wouldn’t use a cartoon for this offensive purpose."

For one woman, it was her first protest in 40 years.

"I was outraged. How could they print this? This is about violence," "Rachel" said.

Chants of "Shut down The Post!" echoed outside the newspaper’s Manhattan offices.

Hundreds demonstrated to denounce an editorial cartoon that many believe was aimed directly at Obama, the first African American elected to the U.S.’ highest office.

"Clergymen will hit the pulpits this Sunday," Sharpton said.

Sharpton said the cartoon is racist. He has an ambitious plan of attack: boycotting newsstands, telling people not to buy The Post and asking advertisers not to advertize.

But his biggest threat is going to the Federal Communication Commission.

"Let us remember that Mr. [Rupert] Murdoch got a waiver from the FCC so he could own two radio, two television stations and a newspaper in this town. We will ask the FCC to review that waiver," Sharpton said

Sharpton said he was coming back Friday with actor and director Spike Lee, and copies of The Post that were not sold because of his boycott

Another day, another imagine racial slight – in post-racial America.

Sharpton May Challenge FCC To Review Murdoch NYC Interests

Of course this what this is all about.

This is the Obama plan to implement the “fairness doctrine” and squelch any political opposition on the airwaves, or the internet, or indeed, anywhere.

And free speech be damned.

For a newspaper all too familiar with creating and stirring controversy…

Say, isn’t that what we are told real journalists are supposed to do? Aren’t these the reporters who win Pulitzers?

Still, isn’t it funny that the New York Post would be describe this way, but not the (pretend) Reverend Sharpton?

Speaking of whom, did Mr. Sharpton ever apologize for his lies about Tawana Brawley which ruined several people’s lives?

Or for causing the “Crown Heights” riots that got a person killed?

Or for causing the “Freddie’s Fashion Market” riots that got another person killed?

Or does being a race baiting shake-down artist meaning never having to say you’re sorry?

"Clergymen will hit the pulpits this Sunday," Sharpton said.

Are “cartoon riots” next?

Why not? This is being treated as a slight to their cult religious leader.

"I feel like this cartoon is an abuse of the form," said Tony Murphy of the Washington Post Writers Group. "When I draw a cartoon I do it to tell the truth or to build bridge between people or to fight the power. I wouldn’t use a cartoon for this offensive purpose."

Isn’t (the despicable) Ted Rall a highly honored member of the Washington Post Writers Group?

And speaking of honesty in reporting, here are some more photographs of the “hundreds” of protestors.

Protesters march outside the News Corp. headquarters in New York February 19, 2009. Hundreds of demonstrators rallied to boycott the New York Post, branding the newspaper as racist for publishing a cartoon that appeared to compare President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee.

Protester Linda Reid (L) and hundreds of demonstrators gather outside New York Post headquarters to protest a controversial chimpanzee cartoon in the newspaper in New York City.

As always with such “crowd shots,” note how the photographs used artful angles and tight cropping to give the impression that there were more people there than there actually were.

Why do they do that, do you suppose?

And how is it possible that ANSWER signs (in both yellow and blue) are always ready at hand for every perceived grievance?

(Thanks to Howard Roark for the head’s up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

57 Responses to “Sharpton Won’t Accept Post’s Apology”

  1. proreason says:

    Just one obvious example of underachievers’ new boldness.

    After all, they elected the ultimate underachiever, didn’t they.

    And now they want the rewards for their efforts.

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..”All of us can only wish the New York Post had taken a more mature position…..”

    A statement such as this coming from Sharpton??!! Coming from this racist gasbag it’s impossible not to laugh.

    Ohhh, my aching sides!

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    So what will Obama and his minions do next? Will they pay a visit to the cartoonist who drew this work and break all of his pencils in half, confiscate his pen and ink, his table and papers, or just forcibly make him attend sensitivity training? The First Amendment was created to protect unpopular speech. Al ‘Charlatan’ and his hysterical minions need to get a grip. Or do us all a favor and just go away. Society could do a lot better without him and his poisonous ilk stirring up unnecessary hatred.

    • JohnMG says:

      12 Gauge Rage; …….”Society could do a lot better without him and his poisonous ilk stirring up unnecessary hatred……”

      This asshat could be doing us all a favor. I’m starting to see more people who are looking at this administration as it evolves, and becoming alarmed to the point of rebellion.

      All of my admonitions of what might come to pass were brushed aside as the rantings of a malcontent. No amount of my warnings could sway them from their skepticism. Sharpton, Conyers, Holder, et al have done more to open their eyes in a few days than I was able to do in the past two years. I hope they DO keep running their collective mouths. THEY may be espousing hatred, but I wouldn’t call the reflex response to their rhetoric hatred, nor would I call it unnecessary if it brings people back to their senses. If that is what it takes to counter their venom, then so be it.

  4. Consilience says:

    Let us not forget how the Islamofascists responded to cartoons…

    • jobeth says:

      That was my first thought. Ironic how close the mindset between these two groups are.

      Not surprizing that black prisoners are so easily converted to Islam while in prison, with this type of mindset.

      EVERYTHING offends their delicate nature. I get so sick and tired of all their whining.

  5. Barbie says:

    This is what happens, IMO, when a group is given ‘protected status’ and somehow acquire power due to that status – they can trump up imagined slights and their anger is the ultimate way to silence others – including, apparently, trumping others’ free speech rights. HEy Obama, great job of creating a new post-racial era.

    • proreason says:

      You’re right, but we give Sharpton too much credit. He’s just a con man with a lucrative scam, and the scam just happens to be race-baiting.

      If he was white, it would be securities fraud, or medicare scamming, or internet fraud.

      He’s just a common criminal.

      What bugs me is that Fox News enables his scheme.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro, You’re so right in saying he is a con man with a lucrative scam and is race baiting.

      Problem is there are so many airheaded idiots out there that just love to find one more thing they can cry foul over.

      All his followers sheep can cause a lot of grief for others in the mean time…at least until we finally get a belly full of this garbage and show them another side to consider. And no one really wants that.

      What ever happend to mutual respect?(Retorical)

      And I agree with your comment on Fox News. I have always wondered why they ever gave this baffoon air time. He’s an idiot. I have to laugh every time he is on. He actually thinks he makes sense! LOL

    • 1sttofight says:

      The problem with those kinds of people is that they are just not smart enough to come with a solution to a problem so instead they just find any and every kind critizism of those who are trying to fix it and scream it from the rooftops.
      Sorta like at every fire, the fireman are trying their best to protect and save life and property, yet there is always some guy in the crowd watching and mouthing off on how they are doing it all wrong.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I agree with you PR but if Brutha Al was white…..he’d be called a NAZI skinhead!!

  6. W1n5t0n says:

    “How dare you violate the president of the United States?” she said

    What? Really? Besides the fact that this cartoon wasn’t even directed at the president, but our inept bufoon congress, no one seemed to mind “violat[ing] the president of the United States” when George Bush held the office.

  7. Colonel1961 says:

    Hey, where’s Tawana?

  8. oldswimcoach says:

    Based on the wording of the Posts “apology”, I thought Sharpton and his ilk were specifically NOT apologized too, so I gues there’s no issue, huh?

  9. oldswimcoach says:

    “Clergymen will hit the pulpits this Sunday,” Sharpton said.

    So what’s Al going to do on Sunday? One needs a congregation to “hit the pulpits” in the real world!

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Blacks are putting themselves in a very precarious situation. If the advent of a black POTUS is not enough to awaken them from this victimhood stupor then nothing will and the goodwill and patience of non-black America will have had enough. I fear we’re (editorial ‘I’) about two more dishonest ‘incidents’ away from counter-reparations.

    • jobeth says:

      Colonel, I think having a black POTUS has totally overloaded their minds! Hard to cry racism when over half the country voted a black prez into office. (but somehow they manage it)

      “Oh! What to do, what to do!” LOL

    • proreason says:

      “I think having a black POTUS has totally overloaded their minds!”

      Years ago, there was a common description for someone who had stumbled into some money, which they were in the process of wasting on overpriced material goods. It was something like “xxx rich”.

      You can now be executed if you say the whole phrase, but it was commonly applied to any foolish person who lucked into something they didn’t earn…..like someone who buys a house for nothing down at a teaser rate and is too stupid to ask how they will make the payment when the rate goes up.

      We are seeing that same mindset expanded far beyond financial matters in The Moron’s core supporters.

      So far, we have seen it in Henrietta, the courageous attorney general, Drooling Barney Franks, Stretch Pelosi, and now Pickpocket Sharpton. There are probably thousands of other examples.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Just read our local paper. Predictably, on the editorial page, the resident angry-negro race-baiter was in a tizzy about the cartoon. I was going to write foaming at the mouth, but that’s probably racist, too. Of course, he had to tie Black History Month into the equation, as well, although his writing/rhetorical skills are sophomoric at best, and moronic at worst.

      He wrote that there could be no other interpretation and that it had to portray Barack Obama as the monkey. Never mind that he quoted the artist who said, ‘Hey, BHO didn’t write the bill and it was clearly intended to reflect an inept congress.’ (paraphrasing a little) Simply outrageous.

      I’ve had enough for today, my head’s about to explode. Talk to everyone tomorrow…

  10. JohnMG says:

    This picture of Sharpton does sort of remind me of…….nah, it couldn’t be. I’m not one to jump to any conclusions, but Al, on the other hand…….well, let’s just say ‘It takes one to know one’, and let it go at that.

  11. A Mad Pole says:

    So the “stimulus” bill WASN’T actually written by a monkey on a high???

  12. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I see this for what it really is an attempt to keep the black community angry. Without that anger and “us vs. them” mentality it will be hard for Democratic politicians to be divisive enough to influence their soft heads. You have to stir the pot occasionally or all the detritus settles to the bottom, where it doesn’t get out to vote. There has been a lot of race related issues in this post racial era. I think mostly because we are all cowards when it comes to the subject.

  13. Sister Mary says:

    I’m still new here. But I have an inquiring mind, and inquiring minds do ask questions. Does Sharpton have a job? I mean a real job. With responsibilities and deadlines. He has WAY too much time on his hands, and I can only assume that his “followers” don’t have real lives, either. Sheesh.

    • proreason says:

      His job is shaking down white people for money.

      Jesse Jackson has built a fortune of over $100 million as the creator of that job family.


    • Sister Mary says:

      Maybe they could redistribute some of the shakedown money amongst their followers. ;)

  14. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “I feel like this cartoon is an abuse of the form,” said Tony Murphy of the Washington Post Writers Group. “When I draw a cartoon I do it to tell the truth or to build bridge between people or to fight the power. I wouldn’t use a cartoon for this offensive purpose.”

    Well, alrighty then. Spoken like a true reactionary.

    Let’s face it people. The U.S. has lowered its standards so many times that we now wallow in a sea of mediocrity. A country where pro-athlete status trumps decorated soldier; Where being a movie star affords voice to critical national issues; Where “American Idol (Idle)” gets front page news.

    Thanks to the likes of decline in our nation, I sincerely wonder how long and if it is recoverable for, once the liberal cat is out of the bag and pees all over the house, it’s damn hard to get that smell out.

    There was a time when such idiocy would get no notice, gain no ground but as long as there are victims, there will be injustice. Whether real OR imagined. When I saw the cartoon, I laughed my head off. I had heard of the monkey going…uh…”ape”…..in Stamford and got the connection immediately. Bo-Bo never even entered my mind.

    So, Al, one has to wonder. Should we ban all references to “monkey, anthropoid, ape, baboon, chimpanzee, gorilla, imp, lemur, monk, orangutan, rascal, scamp, simian” , etc from the English dictionary? Or would you be satisfied if all white folk simply gave up their hard-earned dollars to help poor undeserving blacks get off drugs, crime, go to college, etc? Oh…wait. That’s been tried.

    Al, not being the religious sort, I can honestly say, “I hate your guts”. If you came to my restaurant, I would turn you away; Not because you’re “black”, “negro”, “African-American” or whatever new polished euphemism you want to be called….no. It would be because you’re an a**hole and I don’t like you, your friends or people like you. I wouldn’t care if you were pink with purple polka dots, I wouldn’t like you. There are filthy farm animals I like far better than you.

    In the words of my 14 year old daughter it’s even simpler. “You suck”.

    • proreason says:

      “once the liberal cat is out of the bag and pees all over the house, it’s damn hard to get that smell out.”

      I had that happen in a rent house once, and I had to rip the entire carpet out to get rid of the smell.

    • Trogdor says:

      I too had to rip out the carpet in my living room and lay down tile instead. Stupid cats.

  15. xuxa says:

    There is a ‘Lipstick on a Monkey’ joke here somewhere….. Just gotta be.. :)

  16. sheehanjihad says:

    It could be me, but talking around I get the impression that people are actually getting seriously fed up with all of this nonsense. Methinks a huge backlash is in the wings….even moderate democrats I talk to….most regret voting for the Messiah! I saw a bumper sticker this morning with Obama’s “Che Guevarra” pose…and TOLD YA next to it….I couldnt get up next to the guy to ask him where he got it….it is priceless!

    • caligirl9 says:

      My daughter was at a mall here in the south Bay Area and she saw a car that had an “Impeach Obama” sticker on it. She was pleased.

      When she returned, someone had tried to tear the bumper sticker off. She thought that was pretty darn dumb.

      I might get a “told you so” bumper sticker. My car is 11 years old, no one will even notice!

  17. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m kinda wondering how many of these Sharpton groupies even read the Post?!?!?

    I did pick Sharpton out of the group picture right away .. he’s got his usual deer in the headlights look. (ooops .. my bad .. was that racist? .. Could it be interpreted as they all
    look alike?)

    Oh no .. will they be picketing my house next? Am I a racial coward? Oh no!

    I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto!!!

    • JohnMG says:

      I’ve seen lots of deer in my headlights and none of them looked the least bit stupid. Better go for a different analogy,MR.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      That was kind of an insult to deer wasn’t it?!? Sorry. :)

    • JohnMG says:

      I can’t understand Sharpton being so upset. The deceased primate could bathe and dress himself. He could brush his own teeth. He ate at the table using flatware and china plates, and drank from a glass. He opened car doors and could buckle himself into his seatbelt. In most things he was quite civilized.

      Sharpton could learn a lot from a creature like that, although neither of them seem to be able to controll their temper.

  18. pagar says:

    How about a windfall profit tax on shakedown money? Should be enough in there by now to pay for the stimulus bill.

    “Maybe they could redistribute some of the shakedown money amongst their followers.”

  19. Rommel says:

    The sad fact is that these bottom-dwellers, led by the ultimate skel that every New Yorker knows to spit on the ground when his name is mentioned — could care less about the true victim of this incident. The poor woman, an innocent TRUE victim is clinging to life, suffered horrendous, life altering injuries and is now hospitalized in Cleveland, where the recent face transplant on another was conducted.

    This lady, Ms. Nash, needs prayer. If there is anything to march about, it is restricting wild animal ownership in the manner that has led to some awful attacks on innocent people.

    These opportunistic pigs are leftists that are moving an agenda forward using race-baiting leaders from the filth so-called “reverand”, a judgment proof debtor in expensive suits provided by a shell corporation. An Attorney General that is actually an agent provocateur taking orders and talking points from his, dare I say, ‘masters’ that feel the need to keep all Americans divided, so they can shuck and jive us all, steer wealth to themselves and friends. Fatherless black children, incarcerated males of their community, and the social and economic damage they suffer are no more important than poor Ms. Nash, to these charlatans.

    Luckily, God has devised a system where we all sit in His judgment even if our comeuppance does not take place in the world.

  20. proreason says:

    so, if I understand your excellent statement correctly……

    Sharpton is just like Obamy?

  21. The Redneck says:

    This’ll die down. The Post’ll agree to pay Sharpton a holy assload of money, and he’ll forget all about it.

  22. proreason says:

    What I most enjoy about the racism game is that you get smeared for telling the truth.

    I used to get on Jake Tapper’s site.

    One day, somebody said “and Obama is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard”

    I said “how do you know that? His transcripts aren’t published. He could call claim he was Magna cum Magna cum Magna cum Laude and nobody would know for sure.”

    He snapped back “You’re a racist”

    so I said “I think he got into Harvard because of Affirmative Action”

    and somebody else jumped in with “You’re a racist”

    Then Tapper’s litte girl censors banned me for hate speech.

    • JohnMG says:

      Well, there you have it. You’re a racist!

    • 1sttofight says:

      Telling the truth is the quickest way to get thrown a liberal web site.

      Cussing will get you thrown off a conservative web site.

      Go figure.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I gave myself an Exile from Jakes’ Snakes because of the Leftest takeover and the Stalinist censors that allow Left Hate to proliferate but step down on the Rights’ right to equal time.
      When I left I told ’em to KMA!!

  23. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I’ve never been called a racist before. But I was called a coconut once (brown on the outside, white on the inside) by an Hispanic just because I didn’t speak nor understand Spanish. I have slight Hispanic features from my mother but the other half of me is white from my late father. Throughout my life I’ve come to realize that I’ve been treated with more prejudice and contempt from minorities than I have from the so called evil white race. But then again it has given me advantages having all these mixed ethnicities within me. Because no one can paint me in a corner as a specific race responsible for the suffering and misery of another.

    BTW, Rev. (yeah right! SNEER!) Sharpton, you’re an idiotiotic, political grandstanding, race baiter.

  24. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Sorry, spelled the word idiotic wrong in my closing remarks. I was pretty ticked off. I promise to do better next time.

  25. Steve says:

    Our reader Franco has pointed out this link:

    Cartoonists treading lightly when drawing Obama

    But I thought it was just that Obama was too handsome to caricature:

    Obama Is Too Handsome To Caricature | Sweetness & Light

  26. Confucius says:

    Eric Holder needs to have a pow-wow with the reverend. Stifling a discussion on race is “cowardly.”

    And the next time he stages a protest, the reverend needs to mix it up. Get some more Caucasians! Maybe even an Asian! (I think one of his reverend buddies can find a non-mellow Asian, or two.)

    Come on, Al! Get with the program!

  27. canary says:

    None of these agitated people protesting probably buy the New York Post to begin with. It’s best just to ignore these displays. Al Sharpton needs to get a real job.

  28. brad says:

    “Protests over the cartoon drew people from all walks of life Thursday…..”

    Yes, I can see the diverse crowd can’t you? Can’t you see how so many diverse people come to the same conclusion about a cartoon? Can’t you see the hundreds of unemployed people and professional activists standing around demanding things–(money)?

    Sharpton wants a meeting (money) to discuss (money) things. Murdoch (money) and his license in New York (money–pay offs) blah blah blah blah (money).

  29. preparing4theworst says:

    just a couple of points on the cartoon that everyone seems to be missing…1. the bill was not written by obama but the house dems, and 2. several years back some behavioral scientests posited that if you combine a room full of monkees with typewriters then by the laws of chance they would eventually turn out a work comparable to shakespere…..from where i sit the house dems seem to have missed the mark by a rather wide margin. This is not an Obama cartoon….it is a political one!

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