Avon, CO - Colorado Newspaper Apologizes for âJewish descentâ Description
Avon, CO - The Vail Daily last week took the brunt of a well-deserved public beat-down for publishing a sheriffâs department press release in which a witness to a home break-in in Edwards described a suspect as being of âJewish or Eastern European descent.â
The now properly edited staff report is still on the paperâs Web site, but the offending original version made it into print last week Wednesday, prompting an apology from self-described Jewish American managing editor Matt Zalaznick i n Thursdayâs paper and a flood of justifiably outraged letters to the editor in Fridayâs paper.
The press release issued by the Eagle County Sheriffâs Department and printed by the Daily went on to relay the witness description of the suspect as having âdark hair, large nose, pierced ears, narrow face and eyes that were close together.â
Zalaznick admitted the paper screwed up: âWe felt there was a difference between saying that all Jewish people look a certain way and that one alleged burglar in Edwards, Colorado looked Jewish. The former is truly reprehensible, the latter still offensive, but a result of sloppy editing rather than any individual or institutional bigotry.â
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