The New York Times will not publish syndicated cartoons after publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon last week, the Daily Beast reported.
iMediaEthics wrote to the Times to ask if the suspension of syndication cartoons is permanent or temporary. Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha responded with the following statement: “The cartoon that ran in the international print edition of The Times last Thursday was clearly anti-Semitic and indefensible and we apologize for its publication. While we don’t think the cartoon that published in the international edition on Saturday falls into that category, we’ve decided to suspend the future publication of syndicated cartoons.”
The Times also published a statement on its website that noted, “The Times’s international print edition circulates outside the United States. It once ran a mixture of syndicated and original cartoons. But under the change, it will become like the United States edition of The Times, which runs only original cartoons.”
The Daily Beast also flagged another cartoon in the New York Times‘ international edition that showed Benjamin Netanyahu dressed as Moses with sunglasses, a selfie stick and a tablet with the Star of David. In response, the Times‘ Eileen Murphy told the Daily Beast , “While we don’t think this [second] cartoon falls into that category, for now, we’ve decided to suspend the future publication of syndicated cartoons.”
Hat Tip: Poynter