A Chicago TV news station made a big uh-oh this morning by choosing a very offensive image to coincide with a segment about the Jewish High Holidays including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The station displayed the yellow Star of David that Jewish people were required to wear during the Holocaust.
A Chicago editor drew attention to the blunder when he posted a screenshot from the news broadcast on Twitter.
WGN responded with an apology, saying the image was “inadvertently” used during the broadcast.
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It may not have been intentional, but it was one heck of an oversight!
@MarcKarlinsky We are truly sorry for inadvertently using an offensive image in our story. We apologize and deeply regret the error.— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) September 23, 2015
The station further explained in an online statement that the picture came from its image bank and they didn’t recognize that the star was an offensive Nazi symbol.
"We are extremely embarrassed and we deeply apologize to our viewers and to the Jewish community for this mistake," the WGN statement said. "Ignorance is not an excuse." (You've got that right!)
To @WGNNews' credit, the on-air apology was quick. Let this be a good lesson to all us editors/producers who pick photos on tight deadlines.— Marc Karlinsky (@MarcKarlinsky) September 23, 2015
Clearly, WGN doesn’t have any Jewish people on staff…this kind of mistake is the equivalent of using a picture of the KKK to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Perhaps a brief history review should be a new job requirement for their newsroom staff.