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“Al Sharpton’s cartoon jihad against the New York Post has other newsrooms trembling,” Mrs. Malkin wrote, pinpointing the cause for The Post’s self-abnegation before quoting it: “The headline, illustration and text of ‘Below the Beltway’ … may cause offense to readers. … The image and text inadvertently may conjure racial stereotypes that the Post does not countenance. We regret the lapse.”

Mrs. Malkin reproduced the cartoon and commented: “Do you want to see the ‘lapse?’ It’s an illustration accompanying a humor column by Gene Weingarten titled ‘Monkey Business’ about a study that reported on how women were aroused at the sight of bonobo apes mating. Read the piece and tell me how it ‘may conjure racial stereotypes.’ The title is ‘Monkey Business’ because the subject is monkey business. The illustration uses an ape because the subject of the silly study is … apes.”

Noting that The Post says it worries about a racial fuss over such a column and cartoon, Mrs. Malkin gives a (probably unwanted) shout-out to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.: “Behold a nation of cowards.”

Yellow nation II

Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders is “the Al-Qaeda of the Netherlands.”

CNN called Mr. Wilders that.

In her report on Mr. Wilders’ visit to the U.S., CNN’s Carol Costello repeats and details the claim. (And “Al Qaeda of the Netherlands” was practically the first words out of the mouth of host Christine Romans in her setup for the piece, and also the title CNN gave the video if you forwarded it.)

The logic apparently is that Mr. Wilders in his film “Fitna,” which Muslims worldwide have denounced with death threats, cites the same Koran verses as Islamist terrorists do as meaning the same things Islamist terrorists say they do.

This is “exactly mirror images of what al Qaeda has been trying to teach. He is the al Qaeda of the Netherlands,” Muslim scholar Radwan Masmoudi said in the report.

The (understandably) anonymous blog embedded the video embedded the video and then detailed “CNN’s twisted logic.”

“A: Al Qaeda uses Koranic verses to justify violence. B: Geert Wilders exposes violent verses in the Koran and concludes that the Koran is the source of Islamic violence. Conclusion: Geert Wilders is al Qaeda.”

“A: Nazis use ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ to justify anti-Semitic violence. B: You expose anti-Semitism in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ and conclude that it is one of the sources of anti-Semitic violence. Conclusion: You are a Nazi.”

The blog concluded by declaring CNN the “latest recipient of the Yellow Rag Award.”

Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com