NYT runs anti-semitic cartoon, apologizes for serious ‘error of judgment’

The New York Times has issued an apology appearing in the Monday edition of its international edition for having run an abhorrent anti-semitic cartoon this week.

Someone with the NYT organization obviously saw fit to publish the cartoon in the print version of the Opinion section in the international edition, next to a Thomas Friedman column, and presumably will pay dearly for the offense. The issue was globally distributed.

The cartoon itself showed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head attached to the body of a dog. Wearing a collar with a Star of David on it, Netanyahu is being walked by President Donald Trump, who is wearing a kippah. The cartoon is clearly a poor attempt to criticize America’s relationship with Israel, which has been incredibly good since Trump took office. Netanyahu even recently announced he will be naming a community in Israel after the president.

You can check out the disturbing cartoon, as well as some reactions, out for yourself below:

The New York Times obviously took notice of the firestorm they created and issued a public apology in the hopes of saving what’s left of their credibility.

Their apology read:

A political cartoon in the international print edition of The New York Times on Thursday included anti-Semitic tropes, depicting the prime minister of Israel as a guide dog with a Star of David collar leading the president of the United States, shown wearing a skullcap. 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.

The apology did the media empire no favors. People are still taking to social media to express outrage and to rightly ask how such a cartoon could have made it past editorial staff in the first place.

Check out some of the heated reactions below:


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