Today's edition of the New York Post contains an editorial apology for Wednesday's cartoon that showed two police officers shooting a monkey while making a reference to the recently passed stimulus bill, a reference that many readers took as a racial slur against President Obama. You can read the full apology at the paper's Web site, but here's a quick sample:
[The cartoon] was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.
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.
The apology goes on to deride "opportunists" 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."
And, in case you were wondering just how folks on the Interwebs blogged or commented on this story, The Daily Cartoonist has got what you're looking for, as well as links to some related, follow-up articles.