San Francisco Fox News affiliate KTVU reported the names of the crew on the Asiana Flight 214, which crashed at SFO airport, killing two passengers. They, um, got the names wrong. Whether via disgruntled intern, anonymous tip or…I don’t know, KTVU made a mistake that should have been obvious to anyone who bothered to read the names.
Captain Sum Ting Wong
Wi Tu Lo
One that starts with Ho Lee F__
And Bang Ding Ow
Those names were broadcast on television. Incredibly, the KTVU anchor who read those names out loud on the air didn’t seem to catch on to what she was saying. Of course, reading from a script it’s easy to go on autopilot, and focus on a diplomatic pronunciation of the third name, which I didn’t write out in full.
Media outlets need an editorial process or otherwise stuff like this is going to happen. You also need fact-checkers, and, well, someone who gives everything one more look to make sure that some stuff isn’t totally made up. KTVU released a statement apologizing for the “error.”
“Prior to air, the names were confirmed by an NTSB official in the agency’s Washington, D.C. office. Despite that confirmation, KTVU realized the names that aired were not accurate and issued an apology later in the newscast. The correct names of the pilots in the cockpit were Lee Gang-guk and Lee Jeong-Min.”
So that’s…interesting. KTVU claims that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed that the plane was staffed by Captain Sum Ting Wong, Bang Ding Ow, etc. Who came up with the names and who blindly rubber-stamped them, I hope we find out. From, say, journalists who know what they’re doing.