Asiana flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, is obviously no joking matter, but apparently has become racist fodder for some news outlets.
Two girls were killed and numerous others injured in the crash that was a major headline for newspapers and top stories for networks. But when California’s bay area news station KTVU reported the pilots of the plane as “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk” and “Bang Ding Ow”, professionalism along with any remnant of respect for the news channel were obliterated.
According to the Huffington Post, the news anchor was merely reading what was placed on the teleprompter and concluded the report confirming that the information had been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board. Later in the broadcast, the mistake was recognized and the network issued this apology:
“Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for the error.”
This was obviously the station’s way of dodging a bullet by placing blame at the National Transportation Saftety Board for getting them into this mess. But they aren’t the only news outlet under fire as the Chicago Sun-Times printed “Fright 214” as their front page headline. The wording suggests a play on some Asians inability to pronounce the “l” in many words. Now in their case, they probably had to be coerced into an apology because they probably didn’t see anything wrong with the headline.
Check out the news report and listen as the news anchor sounds out each name. Someone should’ve stopped her or she should’ve stopped herself!