New York Times to Discipline Editor Who Gave OK to anti-Semitic Cartoon

The cartoon 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

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Ron Kampeas
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File photo: The corporate signage on the headquarters building of The New York Times in New York, May 2017.
File photo: The corporate signage on the headquarters building of The New York Times in New York, May 2017. Credit: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File
JTA
Ron Kampeas

The New York Times is taking disciplinary measures against a production editor who gave the go-ahead to an anti-Semitic cartoon.

The cartoon, from the Twitter account of The Jewish Worker

“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 anti-Semitism,” 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 anti-Semitism but of numbness to its creep.”

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