WGN-TV General Manager Greg Easterly released the following statement:
We’d like to bring our viewers an update on Tuesday night’s unfortunate mistake and assure you that we take this situation very seriously.
Here are the immediate actions we have taken:
· Training and educational sessions will be held for all WGN-TV newsroom personnel.
· The image has been removed from our graphics bank. We acknowledge and understand why it was offensive and why it was wrong to use. We apologize for making this mistake.
· We have reached out to leaders in Chicago’s Jewish community for additional guidance on how we can be more sensitive going forward.
Our investigation into how this error was made continues and we are taking steps to make sure we do everything possible to avoid this happening again.
We appreciate your understanding.
UPDATE, 5:04 PM:
Tribune Broadcasting and WGN-TV announced late Friday that they are going to work with the Simon Wiesenthal Center to provide Holocaust education and tolerance training for their employees.
In a news release, Alison Pure-Slovin, Director of the Midwest Region for the Simon Wiesenthal Center said, “While we understand that there was no malicious intent in using the yellow star, this incident highlights the ever-growing need for Holocaust education in in both historic and contemporary contexts throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond.”
”We appreciate the thoughtful feedback we are receiving from the Chicago Jewish community. It speaks volumes to the character of the community we live in that those we may have offended most are the first to help us turn this very unfortunate mistake into a teachable moment,” said Greg Easterly, General Manager of WGN-TV Chicago.
WGN-TV is also linking to the center’s Museum of Tolerance’s online multimedia learning center from its homepage. You can visit it by clicking here.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).