Chicago News Station Accidentally Displays Holocaust Symbol for Yom Kippur Image
For the Tuesday night segment, in which reporter Tom Negovan explained the basic tenets of the Jewish day of atonement, WGN-TV used a graphic that showed a yellow Star of David with “Jude” – the German word for Jew. The star was against a background of blue and white stripes, as though it were on the uniform of a concentration camp prisoner. Jewish Germans were forced to wear the yellow star for identification beginning in September 1941.
In a statement, WGN said that the graphic was taken from an 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.”
Mark Karlinsky, an editor at two Chicago law publications, was one of the first to point out the poor taste of the WGN image. “Holy crap, WGN News, this is your stock photo for a Jewish holiday?? Nobody thought that’s a bad choice of photo?” he wrote on Twitter. More