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Network Apologizes for Using Nazi Symbol during Segment on Yom Kippur

Via [WGN TV](http://wgntv.com/2015/09/23/a-message-to-wgn-viewers/)/[@MarcKarlinsky](https://twitter.com/MarcKarlinsky).

Via WGN TV/@MarcKarlinsky.

Last night marked the beginning of Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day of the year. And to mark the occasion, Chicago’s very own WGN News ran a story on the high holiday. Unfortunately, some oblivious schmuck decided to use the following image as a lead for the segment.

In case you failed history class (and never saw Office Space), Jews living in Nazi controlled territory were forced to wear the yellow badge (and other similar patches) in order to differentiate themselves from the general public. Short of putting a swastika on the screen, this is probably the worst possible image the network could have used. And as you might expect, the blunder did not go unnoticed.

After the broadcast, WGN was quick to apologize.

“The artwork chosen to accompany the story came from a graphics image bank,” a statement on the network’s website claimed. “Regrettably, we failed to recognize that the image was an offensive Nazi symbol.”

In other words…

Via [Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097576/) (1989)

Via Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Many social media users, including some who initially pointed out the gaffe, seemed willing to accept the apology.

Others seemed to think the network intentionally ran the image and was fully aware of its context.

Personally, I have a hard time believing WGN would do something so blatantly offensive on purpose… unless, of course, the ghost of Tribune founder Colonel Robert R. McCormick has been snooping around the control room again.

(H/T: Chicagoist)

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