- The Washington Times - Monday, August 25, 2014

The Philadelphia Public Record posted an apology on its website Sunday after a racist photo caption in the paper’s print edition named three Asian Americans “Me Too, Chinky Winky and Dinky Doo.”

The slurs appeared Thursday in a photo caption of Philadelphia councilman Mark Squilla and seven others who appear to be of Asian descent, Mediaite reported.

Publisher Jimmy Tayoun Sr. initially told Philadelphia magazine that the editor responsible for the caption is “a Britisher” who “didn’t mean anything by it.”

Mr. Tayoun later said he fired the editor, Philly.com reported.

“In our Aug. 21, 2014 issue an offensive slur was accidentally published in the Philadelphia Public Record,” The Record said in a formal apology. “This shocking lapse of professional conduct occurred contrary to our editorial directives and in no way reflects the views of our staff or our organization.

“An internal investigation is underway to uncover the source of this intolerable abuse and to prevent it from ever happening again,” it continued. “We apologize whole-heartedly to the Asian American community and to all Philadelphians of this vibrant, diverse city who work together to make it the best place in America to live and to grow.”