The cartoon, created by artiste Sean Delonas and vetted by editor-in-chief Allan, has generated fairly wide disgust in the city and beyond.
It shows police officers who filled a chimpanzee with bullets, standing there as one of the officers suggests, Now someone else is going to have to write next stimulus bill.
Generally held view is the Post is saying this: that President Barack Obama is a chimp. Now that's pretty backland stuff, even for the sometimes raunchy Post. At worst, some say, is the possible suggestion that Obama should be shot.
It's hard to think of a time when a local newspaper has been subjected to such orchestrated, passionate attacks over something in its editorial pages.
Hazel Dukes, with national NAACP officials and the Rev. Al Sharpton and a bevy of elected officials siding with her, says the critics are taking their case to the FCC, arguing that Murdoch is being allowed too much power as the owner of so many newspapers and television stations, not to mention MySpace.
For someone who was till recently trying to warm up to Barack Obama, Murdoch is in a bad spot.
He and his buddy, fellow Aussie Col Allan, are being made to look like holdouts from the pre-Civil Rights era.
At this point, even the defenders of the cartoon in question say it was, at best, dumb and insensitive.
Stay tuned folks. Media critic Michael Wolf, who knows Murdoch and the Post as well as anyone, thinks Allan is a crass, racially retarded hack who is headed toward the back door, the outhouse.