New York Times to discipline editor who gave OK to antisemitic cartoon

“We are updating our unconscious bias training” to include “direct focus on antisemitism,” the note said.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
May 2, 2019 17:53
New York Times cartoon depicting Netanyahu as a guide dog with Trump

New York Times cartoon depicting Netanyahu as a guide dog with Trump. (photo credit: THE NEW YORK TIMES)

 
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — The New York Times is taking disciplinary measures against a production editor who gave the go-ahead to an antisemitic cartoon.

“We are taking disciplinary steps with the production editor who selected the cartoon for publication,” publisher A.G. Sulzberger said in a note sent to staff, according to CNN reporters posting excerpts Wednesday on Twitter.



“We are updating our unconscious bias training” to include “direct focus on antisemitism,” the note said.



The cartoon, which appeared last Thursday in the opinion section of the newspaper’s international print edition, depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dachshund-breed guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a yarmulke-clad President Donald Trump.



The newspaper has apologized for the cartoon and on Tuesday, The New York Times editorial board said in an editorial that the newspaper’s publishing of “an appalling political cartoon” is “evidence of a profound danger — not only of antisemitism but of numbness to its creep.”

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