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July 13, 2013 - 6:25 am

This is one of the more incredible stories you’ll read about journalistic malpractice and government stupidity and ineptitude.

Both combined in an incident that defies belief and rational explanation.

San Francisco Fox affiliate flashed the names of the pilot and flight crew from the Asiana plane that crashed at San Francisco International Airport, with the anchor reading:

“The NTSB has confirmed these are the names of the pilots aboard Flight 214 when it crashed,” the anchor said. “We are working to determine exactly what roles each of them played during the landing on Saturday.”

So far so good, The station had confirmation from the National Transportation Safety Board of the flight crew’s names. On the screen, the names shown were:

Captain Som Ting Wong

Ho Lee Fuk

Bang Ding Ow

In an on-air apology, anchor Frank Sommerville said, “First of all, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out.” Right. And since the names of the pilot and flight crew had already been released, the vaunted fact checkers at KTVU forgot all about Google. Instead, they simply called the NTSB where the “official” mentioned in the story turned out to be a summer intern.

From NTSB’s apology:

The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6,” the NTSB said in a statement released Friday night.

Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft,” the agency said.

Some alert viewer, or perhaps an employee with more on the ball than the empty-headed anchors and editors, noticed the stupid mistake and by the end of the newscast, the anchor was apologizing:

“These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning,” the anchor said. “We apologize for this error.”

Needless to say, Asian-Americans weren’t thrilled:

“We are hardly satisfied with the station’s statements, and its unwillingness to help us understand how the gaffe originated,” Paul Cheung, the president of the Asian American Journalists Association, and Bobby Calvan, the AAJA’s MediaWatch chair wrote in a statement Friday evening. “We urge KTVU to offer a better explanation,” they wrote.

One is tempted to chalk the gaffe up to the vagaries of human nature or perhaps a perfect storm of rank idiocy coupled with bad luck. After all, what are the chances that an intern answers the phone at the NTSB to confirm the names?

Heads should roll at both KTVU and the NTSB.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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As my people would say, "Yu Fook Up".
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"This is one of the more incredible stories you’ll read about journalistic malpractice and government stupidity and ineptitude."

Unfortunately, it's not. Have you heard about ObamaCare? Quantitative easing? The Zimmerman trial? What about "leading from behind" or "kinetic military action"? Stimulus? Green energy policy? They're ALL incredible, at least, to someone who might remember a time when government and journalism at least aspired to competence. The only difference is that this story is hard to debunk by yelling "raaaaacist" or "deniiiiier".
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I understand Asian Americans' frustration and anger, but come on. It was a little bit funny, not least because it revealed media types for the idiots they are.
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And this just in:

Obama Sends Biden Abroad
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This is unfortunate and funny...somewhere MSNBC is wishing they would have put Trayvon in every name so they could really go for ratings and perhaps pull in 350,000 viewers.

40 weeks ago
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Somewhere a young man is laughing his ass off. Now he has a story.
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Greetings:

If I can have just one more bite of your hospitality apple, I would like to add that it was a couple of decades ago that “Jeopardy” (the game show wherein contestants are given the answer and they have to supply the question) adjusted my image of the intellectual level of our TV Talking Heads. You see, the program broadcast some kind of celebrity week contest and the media types were not impressive in a good way. Up until that point, I had kind of surmised that someone in those positions would have a good education and understanding of how the world is, was, and will be operating. “Jeopardy” thus contributed significantly to my own education.

Lastly, I think that there should, in fact, be some kind of special Emmy award for the total politically correct earnestness with which the announceress delivered such complete nonsense. Her determination to properly pronounce Oriental names probably contributed significantly to her “tunnel vision”.
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Reminds me of an old joke:

A Chinese businessman introduces himself to his Jewish partner: Hi, my name is David Abraham.

Really? How come?

Well, when I first arrived in this country, at the immigration office they asked the guy before me what his name is and he said "David Abraham". When my turn came and asked for my name, I said "Sem Ting".

(with apologies to anyone offended)
40 weeks ago
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Oh right, they made a bad joke. It's the end of life as we know it.
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Another "ROGUE EMPLOYEE" excuse...."a summer intern acting outside the scope of his authority". But, I actually can believe it in this scenario due to the juvenile, bathroom style humor employed.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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And the Ted Baxter Award for Journalism goes to....

That's the greatest punking of a journalist since back when the feminazis were agitating at Augusta National because of their males only membership policy. There was a guy there agitating back, holding signs that read "Iron My Shirt" and "Make My Dinner". A journalist interviewed him and got his name, which he stated as "Heywood Jablomie", which was dutifully printed in the article.
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Greetings:

I can’t imagine such a thing happening in the multi-legal, multiculturally diverse San Francisco Bay area (aka Pelosiland) even across the little water in even more multi-legal, mutliculturally diverse Oaktown (aka Oakland).

And besides, everybody who’s been across the big water knows that one-half of Koreans are named Kim and the other half are named Park.
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