Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

02/18/2009 (8:12 pm)

The President, a Chimp? Say It Ain't So… (Updated)

In the “Could they possibly become a greater parody of themselves?” department, Democrats in the news and blogging business are going berserk over a cartoon published in the New York Post today in the wake of Monday’s report of a rabid chimpanzee attacking a woman in Stamford, Ct. The cartoon shows two policemen who have just shot the chimp dead (which is what actually happened in the Stamford incident) saying “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”


Hot Air catches Chris Matthews giving Congressman Gregory Meeks (D, NY) air time to slam that race card down hard. “Offensive.” “Horrific.” “What were they thinking?” Asks Matthews of his conservative Fall Guy, Rep. Dan Lungren (R, CA,) “Is the New York Post calling the President of the United States a chimp???” Huffpo, in an otherwise careful piece, cites Rev. Al Sharpton’s outrage.

I think Matthews is right on target, and it’s outrageous beyond belief. Can you imagine anybody with the disrespect, the incivility, the unmitigated dearth of humanity to call the President of the United States a chimp???




Jonathan Chait at the New Republic, to his credit, tries to quell the embarrassing nonsense, observing “sometimes a monkey is just a monkey.” But it’s too late. The hypocrisy is already out of the bag…

I can imagine some leftie objecting that “chimp” has historically been used to denote “African American,” so the reference is especially offensive (even though the cartoon recounts an actual, current news event, and even though the President did not write the stimulus bill, and even though the cartoon chimp does not look a thing like the President, and even though a million and a half references on the ‘net equate “chimpy” and “bush” in the same article.) Fine. Take another look at the Google graphic, above. Five million seven hundred thousand uses of the word “chimp” on the Internet. Think they should all be pulled?

UPDATE: The New York Post yesterday published a carefully-worded apology of which I completely approve. The apology went like this:

It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.


But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.

This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.

The dishonest press trumpeted that the Post had published an apology, failing utterly to distinguish between the apology to the dupes too naive to recognize that they were being played, and the absence of an apology to the partisan flacks who tried their best to make something out of nothing. They had to imagine they won, you see, but they didn’t. It’s long past due, and it’s beginning to occur: sensible people are pushing back against the race-mongering control freaks, and refusing to be whipped around by their faux outrage. Bravo, sez me.

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