KTVU’s Epic Asiana News Fail

Wonder no longer why journalists and news anchors get no respect.  You all have probably heard of Asiana flight 214. It came in too low and too fast at San Francisco airport and crashed, injuring many of its passengers.

Somehow, a news anchor for KTVU news in Oakland thought that the real names of the four pilots on that South Korean flight were Sum Ting Wong, Ho Lee Fuk, Bang Ding Ow, and Wi Tu Lo.

Yeah. I wouldn’t believe me either. Just watch.

Perhaps most news anchors are like Ron Burgundy, but I just don’t understand how this got past the first person who read it. It’s almost so awesomely incompetent, you can’t even accuse anyone of racial stereotyping or malicious intent.

Well, almost. Asiana is suing the station anyway for defaming its good name. It’s hard to say who’s actually to blame. The news anchor who read the names is clearly an idiot. But, you’ll hear her say that the names were confirmed by the NTSB (The National Transportation Security Board). Apparently, an intern over there did in fact confirm that these were the names of the pilots. And that intern has been reprimanded for overstepping his authority.

Asiana had originally included the NTSB in their lawsuit, but has since limited it to KTVU, since KTVU was apparently the source of the four demeaning names. They must have a lot of middle school pranksters working over there.

And for their part, KTVU has apologized profusely: “Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.”

Those poor people. What kind of procedures could they possibly have? If something that beef-headed can get all the way to live television on your station, perhaps you shouldn’t be reviewing your procedures. Perhaps you should just go ahead and give up.

18 responses

  1. We are in the end days and Satan is reigning through anti-CHRIST leaders and that is why the truth must not come out. It is not a time of truth, instead of truth it is “get away with just much as possible!” The entire world is threatened to be ruled by Satan’s religion, Islam. GOD will not allow that to happen, therefore HE soon send HIS SON for HIS people, as described in 1 Thess. 4:14-17 and Matt. 25:31-33, 41 
    We, as Christians should never be afraid, we should trust GOD to take care of HIS own and pray for courage and that HE will help us to be ready for HIS coming.
    1Thess. 4:6-8, 15-24

    6. Therefore let us not sellp, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
    7. For they that sleep, sleep  in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
    8. But, let us, who are of the day,l be sober, putting on the breastplate  of faith and love; and for the helmet, the hope of salvation
    15. See that one render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
    16. Rejoice forevermore.
    18. Pray without ceasing.

    19. In every thing give thanks: for this is the “will if GOD in JESUS CHRIST” concerning you.
    20. Despise not prophesyings .

    21. Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good
    22. Abstain from all appearance of evil
    23. And the very GOD of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray GOD your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
    24 Faithful is HE that calleth you,who also will do it.

    • Well, that leave the whole Washington D.C.crowd out for eternal damnation….They will get to hook up with old friends like Ted Kennedy, Mao, Stalin, Lenin and Hitler…..

      • EthelWinchester Evermyrtle No ma’m, I will not lighten up nor will I let up. Working for my GOD, my family and my country is my entire life. When I lighten up or let up, all of the life in me will have departed. You may do your “thing” and I will not interfere, apparently your “thing” is not GOD or America.

  2. Apologies are not enough the ones responsible need to be fired, the producer and broadcaster. The station needs a huge fine or should lose their license. Advertisers should pull their adds.  A slap on the hands is mot enough.Thats all NBC got with the 911 call of Zimmerman.

    • Yeah, that’s about all you will hear about this too. Imagine if this was something like Mexico Air or any other flight with African American names messed up to this level, you would have all sorts of activists taking to the streets around the clock and getting somewhere. Not when it comes to Asians though, I guess. This is about as much outrage as America musters for the model minorities. What a double standard.

      • EthelWinchester mudguy Maybe but if a conservative commentator had done  said those things heads would roll and there would be no end to it. Or if the pilots if had been black or hispanic and the same kind of what you call levity was done  no one would take that as a plus.

        • mudguy EthelWinchester Agreed. I care little what others think. I would not be surprised if most everyone who read/saw this didn’t find a little humor in it, at least until they spent some time thinking what others would think of them finding it humorous …..

  3. I think it’s funny that reading a few tasteless names as puns “defames Asiana Airlines’ good name” but crashing their airplane into the ground because of stupidity can be overlooked.

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