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TV station reports bogus Asiana crash pilot names

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:14 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. » A San Francisco Bay Area TV station has apologized after reporting bogus names of the four pilots aboard Asiana Airlines flight 214 that were a play on Asian names.

KTVU-TV co-anchor Tori Campbell read the racially offensive names on the air Friday. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned out plane.

After a break, Campbell apologized for the error. She said a National Transportation Safety Board official confirmed the names to the station.

Video of the report spread across the Internet Friday.

Paul Cheung, president of the Asian American Journalists Association, released a statement saying KTVU's reporting of the names was "not only wrong, but grossly offensive." The phony names caricatured Asian names, said Cheung, who also is interactive and graphics editor for The Associated Press.

In a statement on its website, KTVU said it had made a mistake by not phonetically sounding out the names.

"We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were and then rushed the names on our noon newscast," the station said.

The NTSB also apologized and said a summer intern "acted outside the scope of his authority" when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

"Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated," the NTSB said in a statement.

Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated.

Flight 214 crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring dozens.

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KonaWarrior wrote:
Here is the video: http://youtu.be/C76T9_fThH0
on July 12,2013 | 07:16PM
miss_laulau wrote:
KonaWarrior, thanks for sharing the video. How embarrassing for the newscaster. I wonder if the newscaster was Asian, if that person would have picked up the misnomers.
on July 13,2013 | 03:21AM
palani wrote:
The station is in Oakland, right across the bay from San Francisco, home of one of the country's largest Chinatowns. Hard to excuse such a faux paux.
on July 13,2013 | 05:13AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Newscaster appears at end - female Caucasian. She had difficulty saying the "names", but really believed she was reading fact. Obviously a low-budget news casting facility that can't afford any screening or vetting of news. She kind of had that "deer-in-the-headlights" look. That makes one wonder if the staff was laughing in the studio.
on July 13,2013 | 07:13AM
McB0B wrote:
"Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated," That's actually the only truly funny line in the whole story.
on July 12,2013 | 07:22PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
too bad she said fuk wrong..that would've been classic
on July 12,2013 | 07:24PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Newscaster was Won Dum Ho.
on July 12,2013 | 08:13PM
BigBird001 wrote:
And the guy that gave her the names was I.C. Wiener.
on July 13,2013 | 04:14AM
palani wrote:
As in Anthony's?
on July 13,2013 | 05:14AM
Dude, you are on it! good one!
on July 13,2013 | 09:22AM
lynnh wrote:
Big deal. Can't even pick up box of colored pencils without someone screaming racism in this country.
on July 13,2013 | 02:38AM
It is not a race thing-it is a question of integrity and morals. Only person screaming race is YOU!
on July 13,2013 | 09:24AM
MrRealistic wrote:
It was a huge mark on the stations credibility, but it was super funny and I'm Asian.
on July 13,2013 | 05:59AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
The station was a FOX affiliate......nuff said.
on July 13,2013 | 08:09AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
This just in........MI SU YU an attorney for the Bay Area law firm of Dewey, Cheatum and Howe is taking legal action against the ntsb and ktvu.
on July 13,2013 | 08:34AM
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