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News Station Accidentally Shows Nazi Symbol During Yom Kippur Report

Chicago's WGN-TV said the station has already made policy changes "to make sure a hurtful oversight like this never happens again."

Posted on September 23, 2015, at 12:54 p.m. ET

A news station in Chicago has publicly apologized to viewers after accidentally airing a Nazi symbol during a report about Yom Kippur.

WGN-TV

During a WGN-TV newscast on Tuesday evening -- the same day of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement -- a graphic of a yellow badge, also known as a Jewish badge, appeared next to the anchor's face.

The symbol is a yellow star that Jews were forced to wear to identify themselves during the Nazi regime.

Here's the broadcast:

WGN-TV

The station apologized on air and online Wednesday, calling the on-camera flub a “hurtful oversight.”

WGN-TV

WGN posted the following statement on their website:

To our WGN News Viewers,

Last night we ran a story to recognize Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The artwork chosen to accompany the story came from a graphics 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.

Please know we are reviewing our in house policies and changes have already been made to make sure a hurtful oversight like this never happens again.

Thank you for your understanding. We promise to do better.

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