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Washington Post editors very afraid Al Sharpton will come after them next; Update: WaPo's Howard Kurtz calls apology "odd"

By Michelle Malkin  •  February 23, 2009 01:05 PM

Scroll down for updates…I got Howard Kurtz’s reaction…

Al Sharpton’s cartoon jihad against the New York Post has other newsrooms trembling.

Check out this preemptive apology from the Washington Post printed in yesterday’s paper:

“The headline, illustration and text of “Below the Beltway,” a column in The Washington Post Magazine today, may cause offense to readers. The magazine was printed before a widely publicized incident last week in which a chimpanzee attacked and badly mauled a woman in Stamford, Conn. In addition, the image and text inadvertently may conjure racial stereotypes that The Post does not countenance. We regret the lapse.”

Do you want to see the “lapse?” It’s an illustration accompanying a humor column by Gene Weingarten titled “Monkey Business” about a study that reported on how women were aroused at the sight of bonobo apes mating.

is the “offensive” cartoon:

Read the piece and tell me how it “may conjure racial stereotypes.”

The title is “Monkey Business” because the subject is monkey business. The illustration uses an ape because the subject of the silly study is…apes.

The Washington Post is not brave enough to admit in its apology that it isn’t offended readers they are concerned about — it’s Al Sharpton’s potential threat to their advertising dollars.

Behold a nation of cowards.

Does Weingarten agree with this preemptive apology?

E-mail: weingarten@washpost.com

(Thanks to Kathy Shaidle for pointing me to the apology.)


Twitter comment from Darcy_Lynne: “What a double standard for the liberals to preach that we evolved from apes and then scream when we compare people to them.”

I just Tweeted Howard Kurtz and asked him what he thought of his paper’s preemptive apology.

Update 1:36pm Eastern: Kurtz’s response…

“I thought my paper’s preemptive apology for Monkey Business cartoon was odd. Didn’t seem offensive to me.”

Glad to see there’s a shred of sanity left in the WaPo newsroom.

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