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News station uses the worst possible stock photo for Yom Kippur

Oh no.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 23, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 10:28 pm CDT

Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, also known as the “Day of Atonement.” And if any news organization has something to atone for, it’s Chicago’s WGN9.

In reporting on the somber occasion, the production team’s instinct to pull up a stock photo of the Star of David—a familiar symbol of the Jewish faith—was sound. But the choice to go with one of the identifying yellow stars that Nazis forced Jews to wear during World War II was… not.

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The station did, of course, apologize for the offensive gaffe.

Then they went right back to tweeting incessantly about Pope Francis. Seems like everything is in order here!

Photo via Custom USB/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) 

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*First Published: Sep 23, 2015, 1:43 pm CDT