Here's a statement from the New York Post today:
"The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist."
If the New York Post wants to be given the benefit of the doubt, it seems to me that it would have been better for them to have said something along the lines of:
"The New York Post deeply regrets our error in allowing the cartoon to be published. We now realize that the cartoon may be seen as insensitive to African Americans and President Obama. We offer our sincere apology."
I mean, come on! The cartoon is NOT a "clear parody". I think it's very easy to see how it could be misinterpreted.