Once again The Australian has published a controversial cartoon.
The illustration was printed in The Australian, one of the country’s only two nationally distributed daily newspapers. The cartoon, which imagines Biden giving a missive to heal America’s racial divisions, depicts him deferring to Harris and saying, “I’ll hand you over to this little brown girl while I go for a lie-down.” The conservative News Corp-owned paper defended its decision to publish it after it drew outcry online.
In response to questions from Guardian Australia, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Chris Dore, said “Johannes was quoting Biden’s words” and pointed to a tweet Biden posted on Thursday.
Said The Australian’s newspaper’s editor-in-chief Chris Dore:
“When Johannes used those words, expressed in a tweet by Biden yesterday, he was highlighting Biden’s language and apparent attitudes, not his own.
“The intention of the commentary in the cartoon was to ridicule racism, not perpetuate it.
“In the context of Biden’s words, this is evident. Clearly some, including those without that context, have wrongly attributed Biden’s words to Johannes, and in doing so have attributed abhorrent and inaccurate motives to him.
“The Australian, and Johannes, opposes racism in all of its guises.”
According to HuffPost:
Dore had no further response when it was pointed out that the words in the cartoon were entirely different from Biden’s words ? which referred to children of color uplifted by Harris’s achievement, not to the senator from California herself.