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Local Chicago news station WGN used a symbol of Nazi persecution as the graphic accompanying their Yom Kippur story on Tuesday night.
The WGN anchor was recognizing the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur, a day where Jews fast and atone for their sins. However, viewers were aghast at the picture that was use for the story, the yellow Star of David badge that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
“Holy crap, @WGNNews, this is your stock photo for a Jewish holiday?? Nobody thought that’s a bad choice of photo?,” said Twitter user Marc Karlinsky.
— Marc Karlinsky (@MarcKarlinsky) September 23, 2015
Sooo.. someone’s getting fired at WGN… pic.twitter.com/SrSt8arVCa
— Mikaela (@mikaelajannae) September 23, 2015
WGN apologized, saying, they are “extremely embarrassed” they “failed to recognize” the Holocaust symbol.
We are truly sorry for inadvertently using an offensive image in our Yom Kippur story. We apologize and deeply regret the error.
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) September 23, 2015
“Last night we ran a story to recognize Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement,” reads an apology on their website. “The artwork chosen to accompany the story came from a graphics image bank. Regrettably, we failed to recognize that the image was an offensive Nazi symbol. We are extremely embarrassed and we deeply apologize to our viewers and to the Jewish community for this mistake. Ignorance is not an excuse. Please know we are reviewing our in house policies and changes have already been made to make sure a hurtful oversight like this never happens again. Thank you for your understanding. We promise to do better.”
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