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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.
The station did, of course, apologize for the offensive gaffe.
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Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'