New York Daily News Releases Dilbert: Editor’s Note

The Daily News throws out Dilbert.

Earlier this week, tape creator Scott Adams launched into a hateful tirade on a YouTube video show, saying that blacks are a hate group that whites should stay away from.

There is no need to repeat his exact words, which have been widely reported elsewhere. But they had crossed a line that prevented The News from continuing to publish his content and fund his work, and more newspapers across the country came to the same conclusion.

At a time when America is increasingly defined by its divisions, Adams’ comments stoked racial antipathy in a vile and ugly way.

New York Daily News Releases Dilbert: Editor’s Note

News covers New York, one of the most diverse cities in the world. And just as we welcome the diversity of people, religions and cultures that shape our community, we welcome the diversity of informed thoughts and opinions.

But it’s not a matter of tolerance for different views. It is about making clear that there is a clear line between what is acceptable and what is not, and that hate should not and cannot be tolerated. And that it will definitely not be approved.

You’ll see “Dilbert” on the pages of The News for days to come, despite this decision. This is because comics are prepared for publication in advance. In the coming days, we will be working with the syndicates that supply our comics to remove Dilbert as quickly as possible and find a replacement you like.

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, poses for a portrait with the Dilbert character at his studio in Dublin, California on October 26, 2006.

One might ask what any cartoonist’s statements have to do with a strip that appears in a newspaper. “Dilbert” gained popularity as a satirical take on the inner workings of an office. But although Adams’ content is presented in the form of a comic, he nevertheless publishes daily news and reporting, which we present to our readers.

We understand that some readers may disagree with this decision, but rest assured that we are not trying to make a biased statement here. We say that there is a line that must not be crossed, and that Scott Adams crossed it. And that once you cross that line, you can no longer be part of the Daily News.

Andrew Julien is Executive Editor of the Daily News.

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