Murdoch's apology over 'chimp' cartoon follows 100,000 letters, planned confrontation at residence

The national civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org said today that it had coordinated with NYPD to conduct a public confrontation outside Rupert Murdoch's residence over his lack of action regarding The New York Post's controversial 'chimp' cartoon. The group had also communicated with the building staff at his current residence on 5th Ave.

More than 110,000 ColorOfChange.org members have sent emails to The Post's publisher that were also addressed to Murdoch. The emails demanded a genuine apology and the firing of the editor who approved the cartoon. The group's plan was to confront Murdoch with paper versions of the emails it had collected since Thursday.

James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, responded to Murdoch's apology. 'It took Murdoch and the Post's top editors almost a week to understand why people were upset. Murdoch hasn't said what he'll do stop this from happening again, or address a longstanding pattern of vicious attacks on black leaders at other News Corp outlets like Fox News,' Rucker said.

'There's a culture of insensitivity and willful ignorance around issues of race that can only change through leadership change,' Rucker continued.

'Rupert Murdoch should start by firing Col Allan, and issuing a strong statement that he won't tolerate this kind of behavior at any of media outlets he owns.'

With more than a half million members, ColorOfChange.org is the largest African-American online political organization in the country.