Skip to comments.“Sum Ting Wong:” Learning from the San Francisco Crash Reporting Fiasco
Posted on 07/14/2013 6:36:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
Youve probably heard about the airline crash reporting fiasco. Last Friday during a live midday newscast, KTVU TV in San Francisco reported as fact that the names of the pilots on board the Asiana airlines flight that recently crashed in that city were Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.
Shortly thereafter it was determined that the information, which the television station allegedly acquired from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), was not factual, but instead a racially insensitive joke. Within less than thirty-six hours after the incident not only had KTVUs management apologized (multiple times), but so also had the NTSB, admitting that a summer intern had acted outside the scope of his authority and had quite intentionally provided false information to the news agency.
The damage done in this situation is probably incalculable at this point. Has KTVU TV, or any of its employees, sustained damage to their credibility? Will the television station be sued for their insensitivity, or might the NTSB be sued by KTVU? Nobody wins in any of these scenarios, yet they are all plausible.
Instead of merely laughing at the incident or being offended or angry Americans should stop and consider what is to be learned from it. Even local small businesses and non-profit organizations should consider how they, too, could be mislead by a government agency or drawn in to a controversy quite un-intentionally.
Its convenient to blame this all on a summer intern. But we are talking about the NTSB, an agency of our government that we trust in times of crisis to investigate such things, and we presume that the information they give us is accurate and will be helpful.
So once again, trust in our U.S. federal government has been violated. It fits a pattern. Its similar to the U.S. Department of Justice, an agency that we trust to investigate and prosecute crimes fairly and equitably, having spent our tax dollars to fund protestors at the trial of George Zimmerman. It falls in line with the IRS using its power to target and harass religious and educational groups who articulate opinions that are different from President Obamas. It is despicable and it is should not be tolerated.
But what would happen if your place of business (or your school or church or other non-profit organization) received a call or a visit from somebody purporting to represent a government agency, and that person was conveying some sort of vital information? Would you know how to handle that appropriately? Would you be prepared to fact-check it and verify it?
What if that person was making an inquiry demanding to search the premises, investigate personnel, or some such thing would you and your associates know to demand to see a search warrant or some other appropriate court documents? If a federal agency like the NTSB can mislead an entire big-city news outlet, then a local, regional, state or federal government agency could easily manipulate most local small businesses and non-profit operations. Its sad, but it is our reality Americans are in many ways on the run from their government, and we do ourselves no favors by pretending otherwise.
When agents of government cant be trusted to follow the laws of the land, it becomes more difficult to expect lawfulness from those whom government is supposed to serve. Hopefully a critical mass of Americans will soon wake up and began demanding better government. But for now this is the government that many of us have asked for, while many others have passively allowed it to ensue. The wiser among us will be honest about this, and take appropriate precautions.
LOL!!! This is so out of Atlas Shrugged: the scene where Dagny Taggart confesses over the airwaves that she was the mistress of Hank Rearden, and proudly so. She's only cut off when she explains why she revealed the secret.
man who fly upside down have clack up
Suspect you're right. Leftist journalists are stupid and lazy.
My bad: KTVU Channel 2 News is the Bay Area’s #1 TV News Station. They broadcast from 2 Jack London Square, Oakland, California 94607. A FOX affiliate.
Now here's the weird thing....I heard it when it was first broadcast, hours before, and it went right over my head.
Of course reading news is not my life's work.
Am I “racially insensitive” if I still laugh when reading those names?
If that really was a “summer intern” who provided that “information,” somebody better hire him quickly. He thinks pretty quickly on his feet.
By the way, I knew before I had finished reading the first name the first time, “Sum Ting Wong,” that it was a joke.
Austin Hill creator of this article got it wong.
The names originated at KTVU, the station called the NTSB and the person there confirmed the names. The names did not originate from NTSB but from KTVU.
Now we should revisit TWA flight 800 with regard to trusting the NTSB, right?
It was probly a conspiracy on many levels, lots of people could have caught/stopped it had they been moved to, but they weren't.
Now everyones panties are in a wad.
That sh!t is funny, right there.
Yup, they went from Cox to Fox.
“Reporting from KTVU, this is Heywood Jablowme, back to Richard Hertz and Anita Boner in our studio.”
Moe: (answering the phone) Flaming Moe’s.
Bart: Uh, yes, I’m looking for a friend of mine. Last name Jass. First name Hugh.
Moe: Uh, hold on, I’ll check. (calling) Hugh Jass! Somebody check the men’s room for a Hugh Jass!
Man: Uh, I’m Hugh Jass.
Moe: Telephone. (hands over the receiver)
Hugh: Hello, this is Hugh Jass.
Bart: (surprised) Uh, hi.
Hugh: Who’s this?
Bart: Bart Simpson.
Hugh: Well, what can I do for you, Bart?
Bart: Uh, look, I’ll level with you, Mister. This is a crank call that sort of backfired, and I’d like to bail out right now.
Hugh: All right. Better luck next time. (hangs up) What a nice young man.
The final touch!! LOL!
Was the reporter Ron Burgandy? He would read anything off the teleprompter too.
sounds like the fox station in miami. left wing big time.
The moral of the story is simple. The media is largely populated by lazy, ignorant people who for some reason think they’re the intellectual superiors of the rest of us. Don’t trust any supposed facts without first verifying on your own. And when they’re providing their opinion, consider that these are the same types who are duped easier than a fourth grader.
There would be Holy Hell to pay for were this Ethiopian Airlines and the play on words were for AFRICAN names, and everybody knows it. Double standard. Protected classes vs. non-protected classes in America. The former are Blacks and Hispanics; the latter, Whites and Asians. Primarily due to social achievement levels. Which is furthermore reverberates envy and class hatred by the ‘entitlement classes’ toward the others. This encourages “open season” mentality. I don’t find it particularly amusing—what with deaths of human beings involved. Big government sucks!
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