New York (CNN Business)The New York Times has been slammed for running an anti-Semitic cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog on a leash held by a blind President Donald Trump.
The cartoon appeared in the opinion section of the international print edition of the paper next to a column by Thomas Friedman about immigration. The Times has said it was wrong to run it, and conceded that it contained “anti-Semitic tropes.” But there was no apology in the editor’s note that the Times said would run in the international print edition on Monday. It only said that it had been wrong to run it.”The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it. It was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it,” is the Times said in an editor’s note that was tweeted out by the its opinion section’s Twitter account.
An Editors' Note to appear in Monday’s international edition. pic.twitter.com/1rl2vXoTB3
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 27, 2019 That statement did not go nearly far enough according to many who reacted to it.Read More”Apology not accepted. How many New York Times editors looked at a cartoon that would not have looked out of place on a white supremacist website and thought it met the paper’s editorial standards? What does this say about your processes or your decision makers? How are you fixing it?” tweeted the American Jewish Committee.
Apology not accepted. How many @nytimes editors looked at a cartoon that would not have looked out of place on a white supremacist website and thought it met the paper’s editorial standards? What does this say about your processes or your decision makers? How are you fixing it? https://t.co/HD5LdeZ9z3
— AJC (@AJCGlobal) April 27, 2019 David Harris, the CEO of the AJC, also condemned the Times and its lack of a full apology.”No, ‘apology’ isn’t adequate. Rather, [the New York Times] owes readers an explanation of how this happened — after all, decision to print it involved more than one person — & what it says about the paper’s view of Israel & Jews,” he wrote in one tweet.”While #Antisemitism is rising…synagogues are attacked & Jews killed…democratic #Israel is demonized…& Jewish institutions are forced to bolster security…The ‘paper of record’ pours oil on the fire,” he said in another.
The more I think about the @nytimes “cartoon,” the more appalled I am. While #Antisemitism is rising…synagogues are attacked & Jews killed…democratic #Israel is demonized…& Jewish institutions are forced to bolster security…The “paper of record” pours oil on the fire. pic.twitter.com/8FUAEKCagK
— David Harris (@DavidHarrisAJC) April 27, 2019 The cartoon and the lack of apology was also criticized by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in an appearance on “State of the Union” on CNN on Sunday.”This anti-Semitic cartoon which I’m not even going to describe the particulars because it is so odious and offensive, they didn’t even apologize for it,” she said. “Apologies usually include words like regret, sorry and apologize. They didn’t do that.” CNN host Jake Tapper agreed with her statement.And the cartoon, and the Times response, also came under criticism on Reliable Sources on CNN on Sunday.In the past 6 weeks, churches, mosques and a synagogue have been attacked“We’re talking about normalizing hate speech. The New York Times only aids in that when it publishes cartoons and gives this meek, silly little statement of ‘regret’ about it,” said Elaina Plott, White House correspondent for The Atlantic, as she used her fingers to indicate quote marks around the word regret. She said it’s important for the Times to be far more transparent and to issue a detailed statement about how the mistake to run the cartoon was made.