The Jury Talks Back

6/11/2019

New York Times: No More Political Cartoons

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 7:45 am

[guest post by Dana]

Back in April, I posted about a cartoon published in the international edition of the New York Times that depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dachshund wearing a Star of David collar, leading a blind President Trump, who holds a leash and wears a yarmulke. The cartoon was widely condemned, and the publication eventually apologized for running it. The decision to publish the cartoon was blamed on a lack of editorial oversight.

The New York Times has now announced that the publication will be doing away with all political cartoons in their international edition (the national edition does not print political cartoons):

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This seems like an extreme reaction. While the NYT may have been considering doing away with political cartoons before the Netanyahu cartoon kerfuffle, given that the decision comes so soon after having to apologize for its publication, it’s reasonable to assume that it tipped the scales. But here’s the thing, if the Netanyahu cartoon was run because of a decision made by “a production editor who did not recognize its anti-Semitism,” wouldn’t the solution be for the NYT to hire more experienced and informed editors who could provide the necessary oversight? Giving the NYT the benefit of the doubt here, I’ll ask, why is it so difficult for a leading publication to avoid the appearance of peddling anti-Semitism that they have to throw the baby out with the bathwater?

–Dana

3 Comments »

  1. Given the Time’s history I seriously doubt that anti-Semitic cartoon was run due to editorial oversight, however, I do agree with Dana that this appears to be a rather extreme response to that controversy.

    On a lighter note, another way to view this is that the Times is finally admitting their readers have no sense of humor.

    Comment by Sean — 6/11/2019 @ 8:37 am

  2. Sean,

    The NYT indeed has a history of going after Jews. Remember their Jew tracker? Now that there are three Muslims in Congress, can we expect to see a Muslim tracker in the pages of the NYT when votes on Israel come up??

    Comment by Dana — 6/11/2019 @ 9:18 am

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