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In the face of angry protests outside its offices, the New York Post has apologized, with qualifications, for publishing a cartoon about the stimulus package showing a dead chimpanzee that many readers saw as representing President Obama. But in its half-hearted mea culpa, the Post made little direct reference to the racist stereotype that sparked the controversy in the first place.

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The newspaper thought it was striking a blow for racial tolerance by bemoaning the phenomenon of "sassy, overweight'' black actresses in TV commercials. Instead, it just betrayed its own biases about people of color.

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