Rupert Murdoch offers a familiar semi-apology after ‘Jewish owned press’ Twitter flap

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Rupert Murdoch took a round of beatings after wondering aloud on twitter at the "Jewish owned press" and how it is "so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis" in the early-morning hours Saturday.

On Slate, you'll find a rundown of reactions from Peter Beinart, Damian Thompson and others; Reuters media critic Jack Shaefer's response: "Counting down until he deletes or revises."

But in fact Murdoch, a vocal supporter of Israel, did nothing until this afternoon, and then, it was neither to delete nor revise:

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It's a brand of semi-apology we've seen before from Murdoch.

On Feb. 18, 2009, the day after President Barack Obama signed the stimulus package into law, the New York Post published a cartoon by Sean Delonas depicting cops shooting a monkey dead. In it, the cops say, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

Critics denounced the cartoon as offensive and racist, figuring the country's first African-American president as a monkey as it did.

On Feb. 19, the Post published an apology "to these who were offended," though the statement concluded: “Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon — even as the opportunists seek to make it something else."

Later, a personal and more expansive apology was offered by Rupert Murdoch, though it, too, described Murdoch having to have "many" conversations to see what could have offended anyone; his conclusion was that "It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such."

Here's that cartoon: