Mark Packer of WVLT named in a rant

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    The rant was used in a segment of the newscast but Packer later apologized.

    A news anchor for East Tennessee CBS affiliate WVLT made an on-air apology Wednesday afternoon after using an anti-Semitic slur during a live news segment.

    About 10 minutes into the 4 p.m. news show, longtime local news anchor Mark Packer used an anti-Semitic phrase while speculating about price negotiations at the end of a story on a “Shark Tank”-style business pitching event at Carson Newman University.

    A colleague immediately jumped in to introduce the next story about a children’s consignment sale.

    The news show continued for almost 20 minutes before Packer addressed the remark:

    “I want to take just a moment … a few minutes ago, I said something — a slip of the tongue, inadvertently — that was highly offensive to a few people out there, and it was something that I should not have said,” Packer said into the camera. “I want to apologize specifically to each of you and to everyone who heard what I said. It was something I did not mean to say at all. I apologize to you and I am deeply sorry for the comment that I made earlier in the show.”

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