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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 

Rupert Murdoch's apologized for anti-semitic cartoon published in Sunday Times

So News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch's said he's sorry for one of the filthiest anti-semitic cartoons ever featured in the British papers he owns:
Rupert Murdoch has offered a "major apology" for a "grotesque" cartoon in the Sunday Times that has sparked claims of anti-semitism.

The media mogul took to Twitter to comment on the Gerald Scarfe image, which appears to show Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu paving a wall with the blood and limbs of Palestinians. [...]

The political cartoon, which was published on Holocaust Memorial Day, shows Mr Netanyahu holding a trowel and carries the lines: "Israeli elections. Will cementing peace continue?"

Jewish community leaders said they were disturbed by parallels they saw between the red-tinged drawing and historical anti-Semitic propaganda. [...]

The deputies said in a statement that the depiction of a Jewish leader using blood for mortar "is shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently anti-Semitic Arab press".
Murdoch's apology is welcome, probably more so than for any other media mogul whose properties have served as a platform for the same horrors. But this will still have to serve as an example of how anyone who thinks a Murdoch-owned news outlet could be better in any way, shape or form than say, CNN or the NY Times is throughly mistaken; even Murdoch's properties can be very extremely vile and filled with lies about Israel and even dishonest about Islamofascism.

So while Murdoch's mea culpa was the right thing to do, it doesn't mean I'm going to continue being blind to what his news networks can do bad.

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