NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York Times apologized for publishing a political cartoon widely criticized as anti-Semitic.
In a second statement on the cartoon issued Sunday, the newspaper said it was “deeply sorry for the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon” that appeared in its international print edition.
The image, which drew wide criticism, including by Vice President Mike Pence, depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog (a dachshund) wearing a Star of David collar and leading President Donald Trump, who is wearing a black kippah. It appeared in the Opinion section of Thursday’s issue next but apparently unrelated to a column by Thomas Friedman about immigration.
“Such imagery is always dangerous, and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, it is all the more unacceptable,” the Sunday statement read.
The apology came a day after one person was killed and three were injured in a shooting at a synagogue in Poway, San Diego. The Times had issued a previous statement on Saturday that called the image “offensive” and saying it “included anti-Semitic tropes” but did not outright apologize for its publication.
The Times said that the cartoon was published of “a faulty process” resulting in “a single editor working without adequate oversight.”
“The matter remains under review, and we are evaluating our internal processes and training. We anticipate significant changes,” the statement continued.
Dan Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, called the second statement “appropriate and placed in the correct context.”
Josefin Dolsten is a former news fellow at the Forward, writing about politics and culture, and editing the Sisterhood blog. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University. Follow her on Twitter at @josefindolsten.
New York Times Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Cartoon