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WGN apologizes for using Nazi symbol on Yom Kippur

WGN in Chicago has apologized for showing a Nazi symbol during a story about Yom Kippur this week.
WGN in Chicago has apologized for showing a Nazi symbol during a story about Yom Kippur this week. WGN screengrab

WGN-TV in Chicago is “extremely embarrassed” for showing a reviled Nazi symbol during a story this week about Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

As news anchorman Tom Negovan talked about the start of the Jewish holiday, an image of a yellow Star of David emblazoned with the word “Jude” – German for “Jew” – appeared behind him.

The person who decided to use the stock photo apparently didn’t know that was a badge that Nazis forced millions of Jews to wear during the Holocaust.

The station apologized within minutes, but the mistake quickly spread on social media.

On Wednesday, WGN-TV issued a joint apology from general manager Greg Easterly and news director Jennifer Lyons.

“Last night we ran a story to recognize Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Regrettably, we failed to recognize that the artwork we chose to accompany the story contained an offensive symbol. This was an unfortunate mistake. Ignorance is not an excuse. We are extremely embarrassed and we deeply apologize to our viewers and to the Jewish community for this mistake.

“We are investigating how this situation occurred, reviewing our in-house policies and making changes in order to avoid such mistakes happening in the future. Thank you for your understanding. We promise to do better.”

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