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KTVU Reporting Fail: Network Apologizes Again After Racist Name Prank [Video]

NTSB fires Intern for KTVU announcement

KTVU is sorry. They are very sorry. The network has issued another apology after identifying the pilots from the Asiana Airlines crash last week with a series of racist names.

The network said that they were given the information by the NTSB and didn’t think twice before broadcasting the names. The station identified the pilots as “Ho Lee Fuk,” “Wi Tu Lo,” and “Captain Sum Ting Wong.”

Once the station realized that they had been given false, and racist, information, they issued an on-air apology. Since then, the network has taken to Twitter, Facebook, and their website to release additional apologies.

Basically, KTVU is sorry.

The network said that they received the information from the NTSB. The National Transportation Safety Board released a statement saying that an intern went rogue and gave out false information to news networks. Still, KTVU said that they accepted “full responsibility” for the mistake and admitted that they did not do their job well.

The station writes: “We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out. Then, during our phone call to the NTSB where the person confirmed the spellings of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position with the agency. We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were and then rushed the names on our noon newscast.”

What do you think of KTVU’s coverage? What do you think of their apology? The network shouldn’t have rushed the names to air, and they should have realized that “Captain Sum Ting Wong” was a fake name, but at least the network is taking responsibility for their mistake.

KTVU writes: “We have a lot of good people here at KTVU Channel 2. We pride ourselves on getting it right and having the highest of standards and integrity. Clearly, on Friday, that didn’t happen. So again, from everyone here at KTVU, we offer our sincerest apology.”

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51 Responses to “KTVU Reporting Fail: Network Apologizes Again After Racist Name Prank [Video]”

  1. John Barry

    Interns are paid little or nothing. I bet this intern left the job busting up laughing. This is very funny. Great way to leave a job that doesn't pay you. LOL

  2. Anonymous

    Look I know people were killed on this plane and it's not a laughing matter but this joke on the media is CRYING OUT LOUD funny, but we need to separate the two and cry and laugh. Kudos to whoever this bastard was that pulled this off, I hope you rot in hell though!

  3. Anonymous

    You would think that someone would double check the reference before posting this.

  4. Will Evans

    I wonder how funny you would have thought it was if instead of the plane crash this was done to the victims of 911. You have the same f%$@ up mentality that make people from around the world hate Americans. Then you try to rationalize their hate by saying they hate us because of our freedom. No they hate us because of a-hole like the one who did this so call joke and people like you who try and defend or justify their actions.

  5. Corey Lincoln

    Sorry for the families that lost their loved ones and shame on those who think this is funny!

  6. Anonymous

    lawl. I saw this on vampirefreaks! I busted a rib and punctured a lung while laughing.

    and here I thought Blanka was a troll.

  7. Mary Givens Glenn

    Uh, and who would the truly responsible one be?

  8. Anonymous

    Sad, Sad, Sad, America or shall I say some people in America lack Respect, for others along with Compassion, Its a shame that one has to make fun of another race, its NOT funny nor is it cute, those who laugh, laugh out of ignorance, Karma comes to those who do evil, and think evil on someone! I HATE RACIST with a passion!

  9. Terry Gibbons

    Hey Will…Lighten up. We are hated because we have what they don't. It's that simple. It's dipshits like you that want to give that away. Who gives a shit if people from around the world hate us. Didn't Obama's apology tour work? Sad occurance… Funny prank.

  10. Wei Zhao

    Someone working in a paid position with experience at NSTB?

  11. Timothy Parker

    When will you black/white leftist/liberal/ and other weird people learn to laugh at your self? I never take anything serious except, my Lord Jesus.

  12. Anonymous

    LMAO! All you bleeding heart, liberal PC freaks: Get Bent! The joke is on the exposed nitwits in the media. I'm sure all of you who found this so offensive were losing sleep since the accident. Selective outrage as long as it fits your pathetic agenda.

  13. Funnyman Funchez

    You have to be some kind of stupid to just post this without double checking! Even if you believe the Captain, by the time you got to Ho Lee Fuk, someone should have raised their hand……………….

  14. Steve Nagle

    This was funny as hell and I am not going to apologize to you or any one else for thinking that it was. You need to get a life.

  15. Anonymous

    I bet Obama was the one who sent this out. Bet he is slapping high fives all around giggling like all heck with Eric Holder.

  16. Ben Doverz

    I haven't laughed this hard since Obama said if he had a son he would have looked like Trayvon.

  17. Ben Doverz

    Get over yourself. I bet your "wife" wears the pants in your "family"

  18. Ben Doverz

    Hate ? It's a gag you twit, I bet you squat to pee.

  19. Garner Branson

    I know a lot of Asian people. Most would have laughed and some would have thought it inappropriate but they are a proud people and very proud of their heritage.

  20. Steven Wilson

    Steve Nagle Indeed, there is no need to apologize, that was some funny shit. It only seems to bother the uptight PC people out there.

  21. Steven Wilson

    Steve Nagle Indeed, there is no need to apologize, that was some funny shit. It only seems to bother the uptight PC people out there.

  22. Anonymous

    Let me preface this with no air crash is a laughing matter. The NTSB summer intern will have one of if not funniest stories to tell for the rest of his/her life. I don`t know how you pulled it off……okay yes I do. Stupid media people let this happen. We`ll probably find out it was a summer intern at KTVU who took the info from the summer intern at the NTSB.

  23. Anonymous

    Let me preface this with no air crash is a laughing matter. The NTSB summer intern will have one of if not funniest stories to tell for the rest of his/her life. I don`t know how you pulled it off……okay yes I do. Stupid media people let this happen. We`ll probably find out it was a summer intern at KTVU who took the info from the summer intern at the NTSB.

  24. Steven Wilson

    Steve Nagle I read another article where the NY Times or some paper was apologizing for a story headline the did call Fright 214. LOl the PC people were saying it was racist because asians have troubles and use r's alot i guess lol.

  25. Anonymous

    That's great. I had a girlfriend named one hung low.

  26. Tom Workman

    Even the newscaster should have immediately recognized that they had been duped. I don't care WHO at NTSB verified what. It should be obvious to even an idiot that these names were made up.

  27. Nyah Marie Watson

    I don't even think they needed to apologize. It was funny and if they didn't realize Sum Ting was Wong after reading that first name then its just a big joke on them.. and a funny one at that.

  28. Kristy Lamey Crow

    Steve Nagle You need too get out of America and grow the fuck up ion harsher climates and anyone else here that think it is funny needs too do the same!!! Stop blaming other countries for our crisis when it is people like you who start it!!!

  29. Cathie Gebhart

    The idea of proving to the media that their rush to be first rather than be correct was noted. Still, shocking rather than funny. People died. Where has real journalism gone? Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave!

  30. Kristine Reardon

    Ugh. Once again a bunch of people completely ignorant of the meaning of "racist" whip out the word in typical crying wolf fashion.

    How difficult and challenging is it for people to get a frakkin' dictionary?

    Labeling everything that happens to a group of people who aren't white as "racist" makes you all look like complete morons. Seriously, get some integrity!

  31. Kristine Reardon

    You're kidding right? Are you living under a rock? There were many, many jokes after 9/11. And there are people who found it funny.

    Know what else? You are ridiculous. Equating intentional murder of 1000's of innocent Americans and the "hate" people may have over that incident with some "a-hole" who made a joke; appropriate or not. Offensive or not.

    Also, that freedom thing? Yeah, they don't like it. They've said so. We are corrupt because our laws aren't strict enough… because we don't stone women to death for driving a car or wearing lipstick; and we don't decapitate men for being reporters. We need to be destroyed because we don't follow their laws.

    So never fool yourself into thinking they give a crap over one guy making a joke. You are rationalizing their hatred.

    Lastly, guess what? You have zero right to not be offended. You have the right to express your opinion that something isn't funny.

    NOTE: I didn't find the whole thing particularly funny. My first reaction was, "How stupid could these news people be!?!?" My jaw dropped. On the other hand, I can see why others find it laugh-out-loud funny.

  32. Ann Johnson

    Not funny at the expense of the individuals who were on that plane nor is it funny to their families. Anyone who thinks it is okay to disrespect a people's culture or condition in this way is an idiot.