Media baron Rupert Murdoch apologized for last week's controversial NY Post cartoon— which shows a fatally shot chimp and one cop saying, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill"— with an statement printed in the NY Post.

As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.

Last week, we made a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.

Over the past couple of days, I have spoken to a number of people and I now better understand the hurt this cartoon has caused. At the same time, I have had conversations with Post editors about the situation and I can assure you - without a doubt - that the only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation. It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.

We all hold the readers of the New York Post in high regard and I promise you that we will seek to be more attuned to the sensitivities of our community.

Gawker says

, "Ha, this officially makes the New York Post a bunch of cheese-eating surrender monkeys!" but we'll Photoshop Murdoch's face onto some surrender monkeys should he fire editor-in-chief Col Allan and the cartoonist, Sean Delonas.

This follows the Post's quasi-apology, which said the paper was sorry for offending people except for "some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past - and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback," referring to the Reverend Al Sharpton. Sharpton, who has held a number of protests about the cartoon and wants the FCC to investigate Murdoch's waiver to have multiple newspapers and TV stations in one city, has not commented about the News Corp. chairman's apology—yet. Update: Sharpton will be discussing Murdoch's apology at 11:30 a.m., in front of City Hall.