Tribune Media’s flagship TV station WGN-TV Chicago has apologized for including an offensive image in a Tuesday night report on the Yom Kippur holiday.
The station’s 9 p.m. newscast aired a report on the holiday, the day of atonement that is the holiest day of the year for Jews, that included an image of the star of David with “Jude” in the center. That symbol was used as the badge that Jews in concentration camps and elsewhere in Germany were forced to wear during the Nazi regime.
WGN general manager Greg Easterly and news director Jennifer Lyons issued a formal apology to viewers on Wednesday after a local outcry.
“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.”