Not that Obama himself has been complaining about the cartoon in question here -- the one from a few days ago in which, some say, Post cartoonist Sean Delonas seemed to gleefully compare Obama to a chimpanzee that'd been shot by cops.
But the cartoon is an object of derision and contempt by 99 percent of those in Obama's base, as well as many decent folks of Republican persuasion who think it's wrong to make light of killing politicians.
Not to mention allegations that the cartoonist crossed a racial line in comparing the dead chimp to Obama.
One suspects that Murdoch might be embarrassed or -- at least, in polite company -- pretending to be embarrassed. (If you need to see it again, click here for the cartoon.)
On the other hand -- on the no, he won't fire them side -- is the following: That Col Allan, the Post editor in chief who has defended the cartoon, is a mean and powerful journalist who has been with Murdoch for many years, here and in Australia.
Allan has fired staff at the Post with a confident coldness that surprised even hardened local journalists (including one black female editor who was dying of cancer).
Surviving incidents like this one, Allan turned a deaf ear (and another part of his body) to Blacks, Latinos, gays and others who have complained about the paper's crass insensitivity when it comes to them and their issues.
Allan has proudly called himself a "Giuliani conservative," which many in the city might interpret as code words effectively saying, as Giuliani himself said (effectively), "I don't give a damn what those Blacks and Latinos think."
But here's the bottom line: That the newspaper business is a bottom line business, not as much about truth telling or being fair or being objective, as about selling newspapers.
And Col Allan himself said in a New York magazine interview about the possibility of his being fired someday:
“I’ll get fired not because Rupert doesn’t like the stories I put in the paper. I’ll get fired because we don’t sell newspapers. And that judgment is made not by Rupert, but by the market, and by the audience." (read whole article.)
As the NAACP now calls for Allan and Delonas to be fired -- or face a national boycott -- that day of Allan and/or Delonas' forced farewell may be approaching.