Clash and Burn — Whoops! There We Go Again

Not even a week after the Chicago Sun-Times apologized for its “Fright 214” headline….

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.

AsianaKTVU-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.

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

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

Ya gotta wonder why it’s somehow more socially acceptable in this country to make these kinds of jokes about Asians than it is Blacks or Jews.  Remember the New York Daily News headline with “A Chink in the Armor” over a story about Jeremy Lin?

But leaving that larger issue aside, this was a bleeding airline crash, ferchrissakes.  A commercial flight, not some drunken redneck stunt flyer thumbing his nose at fate and common sense.  Show some class, wontcha?

I know.  Look who’s talking.  But it’s my bloggy and I’ll whine if I want to.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – 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. Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated. 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. Flight 214 crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring dozens.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20130712_ap_2bca42e6344c4a97bd3cc13cc31fa993.html#ohbrFj3KgUuTePyZ.99
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6 Responses to Clash and Burn — Whoops! There We Go Again

  1. Wonton Amaro says:

    I have wondered the same thing. In Peru, where I grew up (and which has the largest Chinese population in South America) this sort of so-called humor is quite rare. There is considerable bigotry aimed at dark-skinned indigenous peoples, though, as there is throughout the continent.

  2. Hugh Bris says:

    Oh this is funny — that nitwit actually read the names aloud and didn’t catch it? This proves (again) that those glassy-eyed babblers haven’t a clue as to what they’re reading. They just sit there all pretty and perky and smiling like mannequins while words written by actual writers tumble out their pie-holes.

  3. Living Will says:

    Give ’em a break, ok? To error is Hunan.

  4. Kim Chee says:

    It is worth pointing out to Americans that airline and crew are Korean, so all these distasteful Chinese jokes are plain ignorant. I realize, of course, that we all look exactly alike. And Tipping is a city south of Peking.

  5. Fly Lice says:

    What’s even dumber here is the NTSB let a SUMMER INTERN write this crap and never checked his work!

    I’m off to get a “leg loll.”

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