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Gawker: Wow, Another Media Controversy Over #Asiana Crash Coverage

KTVU pilot namesThis story is getting stranger by the minute.

The  Gawker ( see image from Gawker to left)  reported that KTVU quickly had to do some backpedaling after reading on the air today what it said were “confirmed” names of the pilots on board Asiana Flight 214.

The names sounded like they came out of a sick joke and that’s apparently what happened– names like Captain “Sum Ting Wong,”  “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.”

No one apparently thought the names weren’t real  until actually hearing then read on the air.

The Bay Area station came back on the air after the commercial break to correct itself, saying the names were obviously wrong, but had actually been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Later, the NTSB would say it would never give out the pilots names and denied ever confirming them.

Now the latest is the NTSB is blaming the error on an intern who was trying to be helpful and actually did confirm the names for KTVU. The federal agency, however, said the names themselves originated from the station.

So the big question is where did KTVU get those names? Were they the victim of a prank call or a newsroom “joke” that spun out of control.

Matier and Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle report the station has been promoting its news coverage, patting itself on the back for being first on the air with news of the plane crash. The ad went so far as praise itself for its accurate information.

KTVU says it is reviewing its policy so that this type of error does not happen again.










  1. From Sela Wu via Facebook: RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: Sad that even in tragedy some sick people will make fun. I hope it was a honest mistake.

  2. From Marvin Lee via Facebook RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: Racism is not an honest mistake, but a behavior that is almost impossible to undo, as is hardcore religious fanaticism

  3. From Darwin Yee via Facebook RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: All I can say is I will not get upset over there stupidity and simply dismiss it.

  4. From Melvin Lee via Facebook RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: If we fail to complain or protest, then the ignorance will continue. We cannot be the ostriches who bury their heads in the sand, rather we should be the Dragons from our heritage, and breathe fire and roar loudly our disapproval. These actions are not stupidity, rather unveiled racism that will continue as long as our homeland maintains a dominant role in the world. I personally am tired of kowtowing and not fighting back. I have suffered racism in the workplace and in my private life, have fought it all the way and have paid the ultimate price, humiliation at the hands of racist bosses, loss of promotions to undeserving underlings, and management "layoffs". I have even been profiled as "Mexican" by Phoenix Arizona police as I am not white enough to be driving at night during baseball spring training.So while some of us here may not be offended or dismiss these continual racist events, think about Travon Martin. What if he were Asian? How soon we forget about the Asian that was killed back east because some redneck yahoo blamed him for his job loss. 100 years ago there was a Chinese exclusion act that was law throughout the nation. I was picked on in school, discriminated on the job and called "boy" by a police officer and I am 60+ years old. In 2004 I was living in Lake Tahoe and stopped by the police because my kind didnt belong there. Racism against Asians is not as overt as it is against Blacks, but as more goods are produced in Asian nations, and Asian nations have a financial stake in America, dont be surprised if the veiled racism becomes unbridled hatred, with violence to follow, news at 11

    • From Harrick Lum via Facebook RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: Melvin Marvin Lee, I agree 100%. When I was in the Army stationed in Fort Hood,Tx, and went with a Airforce buddy from Sacramento, and we were not allowed to go into a bar even in uniforms,, pissed off and got into a big fight

  5. From Amy Chung via Facebook RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: Yes, it's 2013 and the attitudes have not evolved past this type of juvenile and racist behavior.

  6. From M Emily Omgatco: RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: There would be stronger denunciations if the jokes were attempted on African Americans. As Asian Americans, there is still a constant reminder and urgent necessity to stand up and stand against comments and attempts at humor like these, "apology" notwithstanding.

  7. From Judy Wing Lee RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: I think it's been easier for Asian women than it was for Asian men. Growing up in SFCT, I was largely insulated from racism. Being female in the workplace, I was considered non-threatening and that has helped me move up in my position and in many cases made my job easier. Asians are hardworking and we are recognized and more often than not, appreciated for that… at least that has been my experience, although limited.

  8. From James Wong via Facebook RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: Asian men are considered not tough enough, dork like, not good in sport etc. but Asian women are considered feminine, sexy, petite, more obedient to men (OMG if there ever is a misconception), so a lot of white men prefer Asian women. I don't mind at all as I love to see white men suffer just as we do. LOL

  9. From Scott Nakamura via Facebook RE: KTVU gaffe in Asiana coverage: I agree with your statement. Some guys find out that Asian Women are like all women, want to be loved, understood, respected, appreciated, and listened to. Heck, I think we're the same too.


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