John and I, as the Christian half of the Judeo-Christian ethos of Power Line, wish our Jewish friends and readers heartfelt best wishes on their observance of Yom Kippur.
So, too, did WGN TV in Chicago, except that in the most epic media fail of all time, they used a Nazi era symbol on their broadcast to mark the holiday:
Variety carried their apology:
“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. We are investigating how this situation occurred, reviewing our in- house policies and making changes in order to avoid such mistakes happening in the future. Thank you for your understanding. We promise to do better.”
and repeated their apology on air
They did not mention in their apology what the “offensive symbol was. It was this:
It’s no wonder they didn’t mention it, almost anyone with even a basic education would know what it is. As Steven Hayward put it:
Really—is the entire newsroom staff at WGN that ignorant? Apparently so. But it’s par for the course these days; I typically find most journalists, even from premier national mainstream outlets, are largely historical ignoramuses.
Think about it for a second. None of the people at that newsroom, many if not all college educated, knew enough about the Holocaust to recognize this symbol? None of them had been taught this in high school? None of them had seen Band of brothers or any movie on the subject? Not a one of them had seen a blog post or any writing that might have carried that symbol and thought: Wait a minute that’s a concentration camp thing? I know that in today’s politically correct classroom teaching the Heroics of Jenner is a vital thing but you’d think there would be some time to fit in what the Nazi’s did?
I think this comment at Variety says it all:
And thank the school boards & universities who shape the curriculum as well
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