Commissioners condemn sexist, anti-Semitic newspaper caption

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FREEHOLD – When The Asbury Park Press published a photo caption to its websites of a Jewish nurse administering COVID-19 vaccines, they raised a few eyebrows.

“Hot f-cking nurse,” the caption read. ” Total JAP.”

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This week, the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to pass a resolution, at their March 25th regular public meeting, which denounces the publication of a sexist and anti-Semitic photo caption in a recent online version of the Asbury Park Press.

Asbury Park Press Photo Caption.

“The Asbury Park Press allowed for this horribly offensive photo caption to be published for 14 hours before taking it down, and then did not issue any comment or apology for more than 24 hours after it was removed,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “When an apology was finally issued, it was severely lacking, to say the least. There was no explanation offered as to how the caption was allowed to be published, to begin with, or why the apology was directed to Asian-Americans or only to the Lakewood Jewish community and not the entire Jewish community.”

The paper eventually fired the reporter and its editor issued a half-baked apology.

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“If any other publication, organization or person posted something so disgusting, the Asbury Park Press would be demanding answers and accountability. There is no way that they would just accept an apology and move on,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “Since they have not offered any kind of explanation, the County has decided that we will no longer be advertising in the Asbury Park Press. Effective immediately, all County offices, departments, commissions and authorities are being directed to continue to comply with the antiquated law regarding publication by utilizing the Star Ledger as the newspaper for general circulation until further notice.”

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