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NPT Media: NY Post cartoon stirs protests at Murdoch television, including KFOX-TV

The offending cartoon

The offending cartoon

News release sent late last night:

NAACP El Paso Branch (other groups including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of El Paso) to protest at KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas over Fox owned New York Post cartoon.

The nation’s largest civil rights group will hold actions in over 70 other cities on Thursday, February 26, 2009. El Paso will hold this press conference Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 2:00pm MST at Full Gospel Evangelistic Temple located 4631 Atlas Avenue, El Paso, TX 79924.

“It’s an invitation to the assassination of the 44th President,” says Mr. Harold Howell, President of the El Paso Branch of the NAACP speaking about the New York Post cartoon that has sparked outrage around the country. The nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization is asking that the Fox Corporation terminate the cartoonist, the editor-in-chief and increase diversity in the news room.

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The El Paso Branch of the NAACP joined by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of El Paso will deliver a letter to KFOX, the local Fox television affiliate, asking the general manager to write a letter to Fox Corporation owner Rupert Murdoch supporting our demands. Mr. Murdoch’s apology yesterday, in which he said his paper would endeavor to be more sensitive to the community, is welcomed as a first step but is cited as inadequate by civil rights organizations for not offering any concrete measures to do so.

“President Abraham Lincoln said it is the silence of good men (and women) that allows evil to flourish. We are calling on our local Fox affiliate general manager to join us in expressing opposition to the hate speech of the New York Post, which is owned by their parent company. We ask KFOX to be good corporate citizens and go on record against this abhorrent display of overt racism. “

The cartoon, which showed police shooting an ape with a caption saying “I guess they’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill”, was juxtaposed against a photo of President Obama signing the stimulus package. Both Fox News and the New York Post have come under criticism by a variety of media watch dog groups for racially insensitive and biased reporting. Fox News was widely condemned for calling Michelle Obama “Obama’s baby mama” and then-candidate Barak Obama’s fist bump with this wife a “terrorist fist jab.”

“There is a pattern of lack of diversity in the newsroom and racial insensitivity in the news at Fox News and the New York Post,” says Harold Howell. “Likening our African American president to a monkey is unacceptable. African Americans have for too long been called primates as a way of dehumanizing an entire race of people. It’s time for this pattern at Fox news to stop” Harold Howell says.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 25, 2009 at 10:33 am

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  1. This important message should be directed not only to the N Y Post,but to all others of a similar mentality.

    This would include some local churches.

    A Lutheran pastor, head of an all white congregation, unceremoniously removed a Black woman from her congregation’ ‘prayer for the sick list’, despite knowing this Black woman is on life-support.

    Although this was brought to her attention at least three times, she adamantly refused to show any commpassion for this dying lady.

    Notwihstanding the color of the skin of this dying woman, I believe she deserves the dignity and respect of all charitable human beings.
    The Rev. Lisle H. Davis

    Lisle H. Davis

    February 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

  2. I’m still scratching my head wondering what the NAACP is talking about.

    There is no indication in this admittedly dumb cartoon that the chimpanzee is supposed to represent Obama. It represents the chimp that went berserk a few weeks back, attacked it’s owner and had to be shot by police.

    There is no “invitation to the assassination of the 44th President” implied in this graphic whatsoever.

    Obama did not “write” any part of the Stimulus Bill. Who doesn’t know that? He simply called on Democrat lawmakers to go through their files and pull out every ignorant, junk, wasteful bill that never passed in the last decade to include in this boondoggle that is being perpetrated on the American taxpayer and their grandchildren.

    It was not Lincoln who said the silence of good men allows evil to flourish, it was Edmund Burke, the Anglo-Irish statesman.

    The NAACP needs to get their facts straight before making wild and unfounded accusations like this, or else their credibility and integrity will suffer.


    February 25, 2009 at 12:36 pm

  3. What a load of crud. I guess there are a lot of people who still see color and just can’t get past it. Next thing you know someone is going to say zoos are racist.

    Quite frankly it’s an insult to all monkeys since it was Sen. Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi who wrote that pork laden stimulus bill that will produce lower standards of living for our grandchildren as the yearly interest on the bill is in the $40 billion dollar per year range. Frankly I’m quite sure a monkey could have written a better bill. Heck I could have too just as you could.

    But lets be honest here. The cartoon was not racist. If you think it was racist then all you are seeing is a reflection of yourself in the cartoon. If you are looking hard for something to be racist you’ll find it even if it doesn’t exist just like in this cartoon.

    Now let me leave you with the teachings of my parents.

    It’s the character of the person that matters. Not where they come from. Not the color of their skin. Nothing physical. Only the character of the person matters.

    Lisa T

    February 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm

  4. You didnt scratch hard and long enough. The cartoon and its symbolism is very clear and penetrates most

    The stimulus bill and its effectiveness is a whole other issue.

    Nevertheless the cartoon is very offensive to any reasonable person that doesnt condone ethic abusive remarks.


    February 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm

  5. Mr., Mrs., Ms., Rev.,race, ethnic background???

    This unidentified individual would better serve our community if he/she would do less knit-picking and try to focus on the real issue-racism in its crudest form.

    Almost all intelligent and self-respecting Americans got the message that the NY Post’ degrading cartoon was obviously a direct aim at denigrating and further humiliating all self-resting people, especially people of color, in this country and throughout the world.

    Unless he/she has walked in the shoes and suffered the indignities and humiliation of people of color, understanding the pain and suffering would remain beyond his/her compression.

    Unless this ‘perfect and impeccable’ person listened to and learned from Pres. Obama’ message last night,he/she would remain hopelessly lost in his/her the knit-picking world while missing the message from the Rev. Dr. Maritn Luther King, Jr. that an “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” MLK.

    The Rev. Lisle H. Davis

    Lisle H. Davis

    February 25, 2009 at 1:50 pm

  6. The whiners looking to find anything to be called racist are professional racists themselves. Taking a shot at blacks? With your Black Beauty Pagents, Negro College Fund, Black History Month isn’t that racist?

    Or is it only racist if it is White History Month, White Beauty Pageant or a White College Fund. Get over it.



    February 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm

  7. I used to have a good (irish) friend. We used kick back a few brewski’s every now and then, and to a good old irish brogue he would say, ED me boy Im sure glad there’s plenty of you brown and black fellas, because if there wasnt, they’d be dumping on us! How true that is, so wake up HE”S the president, now what else is left. (Oh I’m sorry it took so long)

    big ed

    March 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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