Someone at the local news station of KTVU obviously wasn’t paying attention when first Paula Deen got castigated for admitting to using a racist word and then two of the CBS Big Brother contestants who got kicked out of the house for racist comments. Because someone thought it would be funny to have the news anchor read off fake racist names for the pilots of the Aisana Flight 214 air crash.
We have included both the videos from the broadcast down below.
The lunchtime broadcast of the Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU told viewers the names of the pilots on Asiana Flight 214 that the news station told viewers had been verified by the National Transportation Board.
Unfortunately, no one thought to double check the names that were read out, it was only the news anchors attempt at saying the names “properly” that kept the situation from dissolving into an even bigger mess.
The names that were read out as they appeared on the screen were: “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk” and “Bang Ding Ow.”
According to the Fox affiliate, despite having been given confirmation that the names were correct, they realised very quickly that they were, in fact, racist joke names. After this, the station rapidly put out a statement of apology.
In actuality the names of the two pilots who were in the cockpit of the downed airliner were Lee Gang-guk and Lee Jeong-Min.
The KTVU news anchor who read the fake racist names on the news broadcast told the station’s viewing audience that the names she’d read earlier were not correct and she then apologised.
Tom Raponi, the KTVU/KICU Vice President and General Manager released a statement that both explained and apologised the error.
He said, “We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologise, both in the newscast where the mistake occurred, as well as on our website and social media sites. 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.”
Since the two broadcasts, National Transportation Board’s Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson told Gawker.com that the organisation would never give out pilot’s names in those sort of occurrences. After KTVU reaffirmed that they had gotten the names from the organisation, the NTSB then released information that stated an intern had, “acted outside the scope of his authority” and provided the fake names to the Fox affiliate.
Gawker.com has also allegedly learned that the Fox affiliate KTVU has also stated that one of their interns passed the names on that were received from the NTSB intern.
Since the KTVU news anchor was reading the names off of a teleprompter and attempting to say them “correctly” she has managed to escape the obvious racist overtures of the fake names that were broadcast on the lunchtime news program. Considering the fates of Paula Deen and the two Big Brother contestants, she must be feeling very relieved that the racist slurs were not laid at her feet. See the video’s below of the noon broadcast and the subsequent apology.
By Michael Smith