Avon, CO - Colorado Newspaper Apologizes for ‘Jewish descent’ Description
Avon, CO - The Vail Daily last week took the brunt of a well-deserved public beat-down for publishing a sheriff’s department press release in which a witness to a home break-in in Edwards described a suspect as being of “Jewish or Eastern European descent.”
The now properly edited staff report is still on the paper’s 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 Thursday’s paper and a flood of justifiably outraged letters to the editor in Friday’s paper.
The press release issued by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department and printed by the Daily went on to relay the witness description of the suspect as having “dark hair, large nose, pierced ears, narrow face and eyes that were close together.”
Zalaznick admitted the paper screwed up: “We 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.”
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