It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…
WGN TV’s Production Department!
Puma By Design : My nominee for Weasel of the Week are the boneheads in the production department at WGN-TV, Chicago who chose for last week’s news story on Yom Kippur that horrible image of the yellow Star of David that Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.
According to the first news report I saw, once an editor pointed the offense of using the illustration, WGN-TV immediate issued an apology on social media. However, according to the Telegraph.co.uk, WGN, stated that “the image came from its image bank, and they ‘failed to recognise that the image was an offensive Nazi symbol.’”
The next day, WGN issued an on-air apology, “Last night we ran a story to recognize Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Regrettably, 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.”
While ignorance is no excuse, the production department, the journalists and those working behind the scenes should have immediately noticed the error before the news story went live.
Finally, who will be held accountable? Oh my bad, NO ONE. Yet if it were a Black person, Muslim or a member of the Gay Gestapo, head(s) would have rolled and a lawsuit pending by now.
I have to admit, using an image of the Nazi’s yellow star on a story about Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement is a real lapse of judgment, especially since it had ‘Jude’ written across it and a background of striped cloth to represent the garb the Nazis made concentration camp inmates wear.
In his book Crusade in Europe, General Eisenhower related how once the camps were liberated, he immediately got in touch with reporters, photographers and media outlets and leaned on them heavily to come to Europe, record what they saw and interview the survivors because he foresaw a time when ‘men would deny that this happened.’
As a matter of fact, one of those men, Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN today with an absolute pack of lies, among them that ‘Palestine’ has always educated its people for peace. Abbas’s book on Holocaust denial, his thesis while he was being trained by the Soviets at Moscow University is required reading in what passes for the school curriculum in the PLO’s little kleptocracy.
In spite of the noble efforts of General Eisenhower and others, the world has pretty much forgotten the Holocaust. And words like ‘Nazi,’ ‘concentration camp,’ and ‘genocide’ get thrown around pretty freely these days by people whom you’d think would be embarrassed to do so.
Well, there it is.
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