Thursday, February 19, 2009

New York Post cartoon

As many of you heard the New York Post ran a cartoon that connected the economic stimulus bill to the monkey that was shot in Connecticut. I understand if they want to mock the stimulus package, what would you expect from a right-wing Murdoch owned newspaper. However, now that we have a black president to connect a monkey to one of his policies is simply wrong and not an avenue any newspaper should go down. Surprisingly, the just issued an apology, albeit half-hearted. MSNBC just discussed that their editor is in the twilight of his career there and I think now would be a good time to start thinking about retirement as for most editors, decisions like this are career killers. Hopefully editors across the nation can learn from this and use this example as what not to do when trying to make good sound editorial decisions.
I went through a situation like this when I was on the school paper in college and a lot came out of it. It was a difficult experience but many of us said we learned more than anything we ever did in the classroom.

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