WGN Anchor Calls German Holiday Market ‘Kristallnacht’

By Kevin Eck Comment

Robert Jordan, anchor for Chicago’s WGN 9 p.m. news, mistakenly referred to the Windy City’s German holiday market as ‘Kristallnacht’ during his Sunday night broadcast.

Kristallnacht was a series of Nazi pogroms, or attacks against Jews, that took place in early November 1938, while the current Chicago holiday market is known as Christkindlmarket.

Tossing to the newscast’s first weather report, Jordan and co-anchor Jackie Bange were talking about the unseasonably warm weather with Jordan saying, “and Chicagoans took advantage of the rare weather today,” he then stumbled as if trying to remember the name of the market viewers were seeing on screen.  “Shopping at the…uhm…is that the Kristallnacht center there in Dailey Plaza?”

A number of tweets popped up after the anchor’s flub with viewers asking if they heard what they thought they heard.  One such tweet was answered by the station saying, “we reviewed the tape..sounds like a jumble of both. Bob is a student of history, certainly knows the difference. Just a mistake”  You can see the screen grab of the tweet after the jump.