Murdoch Sorry For NY Post Cartoon Seen As Racist

NEW YORK — New York Post Chairman Rupert Murdoch has apologized for a cartoon that critics said likened a violent chimpanzee shot dead by police to President Barack Obama.

Murdoch published a statement Tuesday, saying he wanted to “personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.” He says the Post will work to be more sensitive.

Murdoch says last Wednesday’s cartoon was intended only to “mock a badly written piece of legislation.”

It depicted the body of the bullet-riddled chimp Travis — killed in Connecticut last week after mauling a woman — and two police officers. The caption said: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

The Post also apologized Thursday in an online editorial.