After basically likening Obama to a chimpanzee (one shot by the cops, no less) in the NYPost, Murdoch was driven to “apologize” for his efforts by popular outrage. The apology itself consisted largely of such quotes as “I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended,” and “It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.”
The rest was an allusion to some sort of discipline he enacted against the “editors” in the NYPost. I can’t speak to this issue because anything less than the total dismantling of his media empire is insufficient punishment in my eyes, but as a media mogul his choice of words cannot be considered anything but wholly intentional and specific to his message.
I say this because he said he apologized to those who “felt offended” by their “interpretation” of the racist cartoon. In other words, he was apologizing not for being offensive, but that people got offended. This is akin to a stick-up man, apprehended by the police, apologizing for getting caught.
To those who were offended, he apologizes. To everybody else, hey, it was still funny, right? Right?