Like a lot of New Yorkers -- liberal, conservative, chimeric -- the New York Post is a frequent impulse buy for me. Some of the city coverage is exemplary, and its overt conservatism aside, it can capture the romantic, rough-and-tumble underbelly of the city (murder, mafia, midlist celebrities) in a way that makes for a tittilating, 10-minute entertainment.
But they also are prone to running doozies like this cartoon, by Sean Delonas, in today's Page Six. I caught it late, early afternoon, while catching up on Open posts in a cafe. I see others are all over it. How, really, can the Post rationalize this? Can any of our own talented artists on Open think of a plausible defense?
Updated: Here's Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allen's statement on the issues: "The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist." It's the Travis defense.
Also: Please read Gmgaston, who beat me to the punch!