After Outrage Over Anti-Semitic Cartoon, NY Times Ends Daily Political Cartoons for International Editions

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 6/11/2019 | Stacey Matthews
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Back in late April, The New York Times landed itself in some scalding hot water after its international edition published an anti-Semitic cartoon that depicted Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog leading a blind President Donald Trump, who had him on a leash.

As Prof. Jacobson said after its publication, “The clearly antisemitic cartoon run in the NY Times is an example of how these anti-Israel antisemitic themes have worked their way into the mainstream media.”

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Artist António Moreira Antunes said at the time that he did not think the cartoon as anti-Semitic, and claimed he was a victim of “the Jewish propaganda machine.” The Times gave several excuses for how the offending cartoon made it to publication, but nobody bought them.

In the end, the paper announced yesterday in a tweet that it has ended daily political cartoons in its international editions:

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You’ll note that they didn’t reference the anti-Semitic cartoon from April that prompted the intense backlash in their statement but instead suggested that this idea had been in the works for over a year.

On the other hand, their website published a piece on the decision that sounded like a news outlet other than the Times wrote it:

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The New York Times announced on Monday that it would no longer publish daily political cartoons in its international edition and ended its relationship with two contract cartoonists.

Two months earlier, The Times had stopped running syndicated political cartoons, after one with anti-Semitic imagery was printed in the Opinion section of the international edition.

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The syndicated cartoon that prompted the most outrage was a caricature of Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald J. Trump.

The Times issued an apology, saying the cartoon was “clearly anti-Semitic and indefensible.” One of The Times’s Op-Ed columnists, Bret Stephens, denounced the cartoon and wrote that The Times should “reflect deeply on how...
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