As someone who worked in broadcast journalism—both on air and behind the scenes writing news to be read by reporters and anchors on the Teleprompter—I call bullshit on KTVU's “mistake.”
An anchor announced that the Asiana pilots involved in the tragic crash were "Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk" and "Bang Ding Ow."
OK, let’s pretend that the anchor was too clueless to catch on that these names don’t sound like real names. Even though the station is in San Francisco—where there’s a considerable Asian population—maybe she wasn’t familiar with Asian names.
But. Who’s the ass who wrote the copy? Someone having a little “Chuckles the Clown” moment, perhaps? (For you young’uns. Google that. It was a classic “Mary Tyler Moore” episode.)
Instead of owning up to the highly offensive, racist and shoddy piece of “journalism,” KTVU issued an apology stating that the National Transportation Safety Board released those names to them.
Again. Bullshit. The NTSB doesn’t release pilot names.
Back to you KTVU.
[ETA: The NTSB says one of its interns did in fact confirm the fake names. Which still begs the question: Where did these names come from? Did the intern make them up? Did someone prank the intern, who then released the fake names? How did this happen?]