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A New York Post editor who spoke out against a controversial cartoon the paper ran comparing the author of the president’s stimulus package to a dead chimpanzee has been fired from her job, the Huffington Post blog reported.

Sandra Guzman was removed from her post as associate editor last week for reasons that are being hotly debated by personnel inside the company. An official statement from the New York Post, provided to the Huffington Post, said that her job was terminated once the paper ended the section she was editing.

But employees at the paper – owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, said Tuesday’s firing seemed retributive.

Guzman was the most high-profile Post employee to publicly speak out against a cartoon that likened the author of the stimulus bill (whom nearly everyone associated with President Barack Obama) with a rabid primate. Drawn by famed cartoonist Sean Delonas, the illustration pictured two befuddled policeman — having just shot the chimp twice in the chest — saying: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

“I neither commissioned or approved it,” Guzman wrote to a list of journalist colleagues shortly thereafter. “I saw it in the paper yesterday with the rest of the world. And, I have raised my objections to management.”

According to HuffPo, Guzman’s response was a rare instance of dissension within the halls of the paper making its way into the public domain. And sources at the Post now say it cost her a job.

“I think ever since then, she has been on their sh** list and they were trying to look for a reason to get rid of her,” said a Post employee who was granted anonymity in exchange for speaking freely. The problem at the Post is a revenue problem, the employee said. “My whole thing is, she is not in charge of advertising. She is an associate editor. Whoever is in accounting or advertising should have been held accountable.”

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