TV station apologizes for using yellow 'Jude' star for Yom Kippur segment

"Regrettably, we failed to recognize that the artwork we chose to accompany the story contained an offensive symbol," WGN general manager says in apology.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 24, 2015 04:03
1 minute read.
Polish born Mordechai Fox, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, wears a yellow Star of David

Polish born Mordechai Fox, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, wears a yellow Star of David on his jacket during a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

A local Chicago television station's unfortunate use of the wrong stock photo in a short segment on Jews marking the holiest day of the year drew criticism on Tuesday, leading to an apology by the broadcaster.

In a news segment on Yom Kippur, WGN employed the use of a picture of the yellow 'Jude' star which Nazis forced European Jews to wear during the Holocaust.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


After the mistake was brought to the attention of WGN General Manager Greg Easterly, he issued an apology on the station's website.

“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," Easterly wrote.

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


Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

October 16, 2018
'Anti-racism' rally in Berlin calls for destruction of Israel

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL