“A government-watchdog group filed a formal complaint yesterday with the House Ethics Committee to investigate the puzzling array of questions surrounding Rep. Charlie Rangel’s ownership of a Harlem brownstone,” the New York Post writes. “To the degree Rep. Rangel underreported rental income year after year on his financial-disclosure statements from his investment property, serious questions arise as to whether he also failed to report such income on his city, state and federal income-tax returns,” Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, wrote to the Ethics Committee.
New York City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie (D-27th District) joined Rev. Al Sharpton to announce today that he has formally cancelled his office’s subscription to the New York Post, in response to the racist cartoon published on February 18, which depicted police officers killing a chimpanzee and likening it to President Obama.
“While the apology made by New York Post chairman Rupert Murdoch was welcome, I believe that the boycott should continue,” stated Council Member Comrie. “I have joined the NAACP and the National Action Network in their call for the Federal Communications Commission to review federal policies which allow the Post’s parent company, News Corp., to own multiple media outlets in the same market. Continue reading
The New York Post caused quite an uproar last week when it ran a political cartoon featuring a dead chimpanzee and two police officers with smoking guns who had just shot the chimp. If I were a police officer, I would be offended. As an African-American male, I am offended. The Post and the cartoonist claimed that they did not intend any racist implications by the cartoon or intend to demean President Barack Obama. Given these denials and the non-apology apology that appeared in the paper Friday, a little history lesson may be in order.
First, the context. On the day the cartoon ran, a picture appeared in the Post of President Obama signing the economic stimulus bill. On the editorial page, the cartoon depicted a dead chimp, with two bullet holes, and two police officers standing over him with drawn weapons. The caption read, “I guess they will have to get someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” Now if that is not an implicit reference to President Obama, I don’t know what was intended by the placement of the cartoon on the same day and pages away from a picture of Obama signing the stimulus bill. The coded message was to compare a black president with a dead monkey.
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“Halloween. The only night Michael Jackson looks right.”
Cindy Adams, for the NY Post
A recent report puts permed up Al Sharpton on blast by accusing him of accepting bribes from companies who are being accused of racism. The way the hustle works is a company faces allegations of racism and passes stacks to Sharpton as a “consultant”: Continue reading
We love star perks, but it’s nice to know there are some hot spots stars can’t muscle their way into. Case in point, the New York Post says Lance Armstrong and Kate Hudson dropped in for a bite at uber-exclusive Rao‘s. The darling duo were turned away, perhaps unaware that people angle for a spot at one of this East Harlem eatery’s eight tables for longer than Lance used to train for the Tour de France. And apparently the road from Almost Famous to almost seated is even more arduous.
Apparently, half of Harlem doesn’t have to turn out for Wednesday night’s premiere of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s comedy, “Baby Mama” – they’ve already seen it…