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KTVU Reports Asiana Air Pilots Were “Sum Ting Wong” and “Ho Lee Fuk”

KTVU Reports Asiana Air Pilots Were “Sum Ting Wong” and “Ho Lee Fuk”

Asiana Crash Investigations Focus on Pilot Inaction

Investigators scrutinizing the events leading up to Saturday's Asiana Airlines plane crash in San Francisco are examining the behavior of the… Read…

Bay Area news station KTVU just reported that the pilots of Asiana's disastrous flight 214 were the crack team of "Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk," and "Bang Ding Ow."

Despite the names obviously being just a bunch of racist jokes, KTVU, which has since apologized for the report, claims in a statement given to Gawker—and read on the air—that an NTSB official confirmed the names to them earlier today.

EARLIER IN THE NEWSCAST WE GAVE SOME NAMES OF PILOTS INVOLVED IN THE ASIANA AIRLINES CRASH. THESE NAMES WERE NOT ACCURATE DESPITE AN N-T-S-B OFFICIAL IN WASHINGTON CONFIRMING THEM LATE THIS MORNING. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS ERROR.

by Anonymousreply 12507/29/2014

Racism is awful and this is so inappropriate...

...but I have to admit, kinda funny.

by Anonymousreply 107/12/2013

The video at the link is hilarious. I can't believe the anchor could read those names out loud on the air and not realize they were being pranked.

by Anonymousreply 207/12/2013

Amazing.

by Anonymousreply 307/12/2013

R2, I don't think most of the blockheads who read the news even listen to what they're reading.

by Anonymousreply 407/12/2013

This is a much bigger coup than the airport paging system.

by Anonymousreply 507/12/2013

That is hilarious! How could someone not catch the joke before it went on the air?

by Anonymousreply 607/12/2013

In our defense, we didn't see it coming.

by Anonymousreply 707/12/2013

My last name should always be pronounce with a short vowel sound.

by Anonymousreply 807/12/2013

The tail was named Won Hung Lo

by Anonymousreply 907/12/2013

During the Viet Nam war, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Art Hoppe regularly wrote humorous anti-war pieces about enemy characters such as Hao Bout Dem (a buxom dragon lady). The few Vietnamese immigrants in California at that time had fled the communists, so no one was offended when Hoppe made fun of them.

The San Francisco bay area has been rife with jokes about Asian names since long before the Gold Rush of 1849. They're not uttered in public much anymore, but people do tell them to each other -- you'd think that someone at KTVU would have noticed how at least one of these names sounds when spoken. And what's with the NTSB confirming the names?

by Anonymousreply 1107/12/2013

[quote]And what's with the NTSB confirming the names?

They didn't. Gawker says that the NTSB told them that they don't release the aircrew names. Somebody claimed that they were from that agency, but they lied.

by Anonymousreply 1207/12/2013

Not appropriate. It's stereotyping.

by Anonymousreply 1307/12/2013

Someone will lose a job over this. Who was supposed to check copy?

by Anonymousreply 1407/12/2013

Do Asians make fun of Western names?

by Anonymousreply 1507/12/2013

Something can be funny and racist at the same time. What probably upsets Koreans most is those fake names sound more Chinese than Korean.

by Anonymousreply 1607/12/2013

Bwahhahahaha! That was fuckin hilarious. She sounded so professional and serious.

That poor reporter's one saving grace was her discreet pronunciation of "Ho Lee Fuk" as Ho-lee-fook. Good catch, on her part. I probably would have said fuck.

by Anonymousreply 1707/12/2013

"Ho Lee Fuk" is even trending on Twitter

by Anonymousreply 1807/12/2013

R10 has some issues he needs to work out.

by Anonymousreply 1907/12/2013

Newsflash! It was a FOX NEWS AFFILIATE! This story is no different from anything else approved by their fact checkers :P

by Anonymousreply 2007/12/2013

Is R13 for real? "Not appropriate?" I'm stereotyping you, Missy Phat Gunt Sou.

by Anonymousreply 2207/12/2013

lol. that's hilarious and i'm asian hahah

by Anonymousreply 2307/12/2013

Girl, she should be just as embarrassed about the blush. What did she use, dry erase markers?

by Anonymousreply 2407/12/2013

One of the best trolls ever!

by Anonymousreply 2507/12/2013

I don't see what's the big deal. The joking names don't affect my opinion that drivers of oriental heritage are horrible drivers. Hell, insurance companies feel the same way. I don't know how many Chinese or Korean nationals are visiting in the US at any one time, but I doubt they are dedicated viewers of KTVU while on holiday.

I don't think Americans with some Chinese heritage will do anything but laugh with everyone else.

It simply isn't racist, it's a play on syllables that might be taken for an asian national's name.

by Anonymousreply 2607/12/2013

Holy cow, that's hilarious! But what the fuck is with the reader - she couldn't look at that list and say "I'm not reading this nonsense?"

by Anonymousreply 2707/12/2013

That newscaster must have the IQ of celery

by Anonymousreply 2807/12/2013

they sound like manicurists.

by Anonymousreply 2907/12/2013

"Oriental" R26? Really? And that's putting aside the rest of your idiotic post.

by Anonymousreply 3007/12/2013

I'm surprised that other people in the TV studio didn't start laughing as the anchor was reading the names. Didn't anyone at the station realize those names were a joke?

by Anonymousreply 3107/12/2013

It sounds like an intern at the NTSB was part of the prank.

From the LA Times:

Late Friday, the NTSB acknowledged that a summer intern confirmed the names to KTVU when a reporter from the station called about them.

"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 NTSB said in a statement.

"The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crew members or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident. Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated," the statement added.

Summerville said the station didn't properly verify who at the NTSB was confirming the names.

by Anonymousreply 3207/12/2013

An NTSB summer intern...

Still, what kind of idiot test does one have to pass before being hired as a newsreader?

by Anonymousreply 3307/12/2013

Here's the NTSB's press release apology.

by Anonymousreply 3407/12/2013

ROR.

by Anonymousreply 3507/12/2013

r35!!!!!! Brilliant!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 3607/12/2013

I had to look it up:

ROR:

raugh out roud - asian for laugh out loud

by Anonymousreply 3707/12/2013

Why does R10 think we give a fuck about his life? Stop thread-jacking, loser.

by Anonymousreply 3807/13/2013

I heard that Ho Lee Fuk is an insatiable bottom.

by Anonymousreply 3907/13/2013

Were the mystery guests born outside the United States? Were they born in what we'd call the Orient?

by Anonymousreply 4007/13/2013

R10 thinks he's going on The Bachelor when he goes to the office.

by Anonymousreply 4107/13/2013

I really hope R10 posted from work so the IT guys can see what a racist asshole he is.

by Anonymousreply 4207/13/2013

The freeper trolls are allllll over this thread.

by Anonymousreply 4307/13/2013

True, R43.

R39 is one of those empty-headed trolls.

by Anonymousreply 4407/13/2013

It's nice that the Asiana CEO, Yu Dai Nao, has been in personal contact will all the survivors and victims' families.

by Anonymousreply 4507/13/2013

[all posts by flame bait troll #11 removed (violent racist homophobic right-wing misogynist), ISP notified with full text of all posts.]

by Anonymousreply 4607/13/2013

[quote]Also, why can't big, beefy, masculine, muscular...

So you're effem-inate then...

by Anonymousreply 4907/13/2013

Did they try my wonderful beef chow mein?

by Anonymousreply 5007/13/2013

Yep, that's a perfect example of what PC is r51. If you hear those types gushing on about how terrible "racism" is, just stay with them for a while. It won't be long till the same people will start making negative comments about Asians. PC is all about a seething hate toward some groups and a fawning adoration of others.

by Anonymousreply 5207/13/2013

I think this Gawker comment says it best:

I'm so torn here. Do not like racism. Do not like racist jokes. Do like mocking tragedy.

But I like this.

Fucking cognitive dissonance.t

by Anonymousreply 5307/13/2013

It's hilarious that some troll got this through to broadcast by a yet another vacuous teleprompter reader. Asian-name jokes have been done a million times though and are pretty lame.

The oh-so-serious woman reading, who no doubt considers herself a "professional" news anchor and broadcaster, will be remembered for this among her colleagues for years. She will not endure ribbing about it well and will call it an "affront to her dignity" while others snicker behind her back for being so stupid.

What gets broadcast as "news" in the US is a perfect reflection of corporate values.

by Anonymousreply 5407/13/2013

That's bullshit, r52, and an excuse for your own terrible behavior. I don't tolerate racism about any group including Asians. And most intelligent people I know don't tolerate it either.

Last night's episode of "What Would You Do?" On ABC showed a stand up comic making racist comments about an Asian woman and two audiences stopped the comic in protest. It was fantastic.

You may be racist but not everyone around you is.

by Anonymousreply 5507/13/2013

My issue is not with the racism, per se. It is with the selective approval of racism. It's ok to be racist against Asians, but never African Americans. If the flight had originated in Africa and the jokes had been skewed that direction, the outrage wold have been huge, rather than, "whoops, sorry. But you can understand how his could happen since they all have such funny names anyway."

by Anonymousreply 5607/13/2013

Don't forget the person who typed up the visual.

by Anonymousreply 5707/13/2013

r56 is right about the double standards. r55, that was what was being objected to in r52.

And of course note that r55 had to project and spew bullshit like "your own terrible behavior" and "you may be racist..." But really, that's all they ever have; creating fantasy enemies and putting words and ideas in the mouths of others so they can have something to trash.

by Anonymousreply 5907/13/2013

R10 is all kinds of racist. Whites certainly can do your job. Chinese are not a gang.

by Anonymousreply 6007/13/2013

If KTVU called the NTSB to confirm the names, they were doing their job. If you can't trust the official federal department, then what other official sources can you reach out to?

KTVU might be a Fox affiliate, but it is a fine local news station. Local stations don't play partisan.

I hope that intern will be blackballed. You get a golden opportunity to intern at the NTSB to further advance your future goal and return the favor by being a complete racist jackass.

Millennials are a bunch of jackasses.

by Anonymousreply 6207/13/2013

r58 why blame the anchor? The station did their job and confirmed it with the NTSB. It's the federal agency in charge of the investigation. How else would you like them to confirm the names? It's not like Asiana Airline is talking to the press. The fault lies solely with the jackass intern and no one else.

by Anonymousreply 6307/13/2013

Not solely no. The people who came up with the list in the first place are to blame.

by Anonymousreply 6407/13/2013

It's called common sense, R63. Read the names out loud and the joke announces itself to you instantly. Unless you are one of the Ted Baxters whose job is to pretend to keep America "informed" while the Pentagon and Wall Street rob us blind.

by Anonymousreply 6507/13/2013

r64 The list was obviously created by the intern, unless the NTSB knew about it. I doubt it because while most federal agencies has been subjected to criticism, the NTSB has been pretty stellar.

If you want to fault the NTSB for hiring another Snowden-like jackass, then that would fair.

by Anonymousreply 6607/13/2013

[quote]why blame the anchor?

Because anyone with a brain can see those are fake names? Because you don't just repeat whatever nonsense you're handed as fact?

by Anonymousreply 6707/13/2013

[quote]Read the names out loud and the joke announces itself to you instantly.

Not necessarily. As with the prank call in the link, many people don't get it.

by Anonymousreply 6807/13/2013

r65 it's the NTSB. This is after a major crash. What kind of agency in the midst of all this chaos has the time to pull a Bart Simpson? A rational person would say that the NTSB is too busy with the investigation to pull racist jokes on the press.

Sorry that you no longer have any trust for the federal gov't. But if I was a news organization and I need to confirm names, I would call the NTSB.

by Anonymousreply 6907/13/2013

It was hilarious. I nearly peed myself. It's as if a newscaster solemnly announced after the Challenger disaster, "It has just been confirmed that NASA Needs Another Seven Astronauts."

by Anonymousreply 7007/13/2013

I didn't get either r68. I've known many Chinese where I grew up and live and some of the names can make a westerner giggle.

by Anonymousreply 7107/13/2013

They said at the tv station that "the NTSB has confirmed the names." That means someone called the NTSB and asked if those were the names. It doesn't mean the NTSB intern made up the names.

So who made up the names?

by Anonymousreply 7207/13/2013

People like R62/63/66 are why horrors like the Tuskegee syphilis experiment get conducted.

"Well, the government says it's ok..."

"Donald Rumsfeld says waterboarding isn't torture and he works for the government. OK!"

by Anonymousreply 7307/13/2013

[quote]why blame the anchor?

It repeats what the government tells it to repeat or else it gets the hose again.

by Anonymousreply 7407/13/2013

r73 you're a complete moron. Apples and oranges. Why don't you compare this to the Holocaust, too.

by Anonymousreply 7507/13/2013

Don't worry R62 - you'll grow up some day.

Most of us got scolded with "If your friend told you to jump off a bridge, would you do that too?" in elementary school and got the point early in life.

You'll figure out someday that "someone told you" isn't an adequate substitute for using your own head.

by Anonymousreply 7607/13/2013

The anchor should be fired.

I'll bet the intern who did this is some rich kid who did it for laughs and will now get a writing gig on SNL or some other lame show that's a bastion of privilege.

by Anonymousreply 7707/13/2013

It's almost impossible to believe: Someone gave the list of names and their spellings to the TV station. Then the station called the NTSB to get the names confirmed. Then the names were loaded into the station's graphics system. And they were written into the anchor's script and loaded onto the Teleprompter. And then the anchor read them out loud on the air. And AT NO POINT in this long process did anyone realize that the names were a joke.

by Anonymousreply 7807/13/2013

[quote] I heard that Ho Lee Fuk is an insatiable bottom.

And Bang Ding Ow is a nasty top who is absolutely brutal in bed.

by Anonymousreply 7907/13/2013

[quote]The anchor should be fired.

She's a good anchor who has been there for years and has rarely made mistakes. This is not her fault and I hope they don't blame her. Who's reviewing what's fed into the teleprompter, they need to be fired.

by Anonymousreply 8007/13/2013

R78 is right. What kind of news anchor goes on the air without looking over the news first? How could anyone miss those joke names?

by Anonymousreply 8107/13/2013

There is no double standard here. This story is getting national attention. The NTSB is having to explain itself. The station was smart enough to apologize immediately for the error.

So when all sides immediately apologize and take blame, the story doesn't blow up. That's different than someone saying racist things, not apologizing or reprimanding those that did it and then expecting their business will no be impacted.

Trying to equate the two things is stupid and silly.

by Anonymousreply 8207/13/2013

The names originated at KTVU. The station submitted them to the NTSB for confirmation. A summer intern confirmed them, then Tori Campbell read them on air.

The summer intern did not make up the names.

by Anonymousreply 8307/13/2013

I have to admit that, initially, I didn't really sound out the names. I just thought that they were more Chinese then Korean but whatev. About the third time I saw the thread, I realized just what they were and had to laugh a little bit...

by Anonymousreply 8407/13/2013

I'm available!

by Anonymousreply 8507/13/2013

"Local stations don't play partisan."

What dreamland do you live in?

by Anonymousreply 8607/13/2013

This is something like Ted would have read on the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

by Anonymousreply 8707/13/2013

Seriously, R55? You're going to quote that staged piece of pussy shit "What Would You Do?" as an example of... anything? I am deeply embarrassed on your behalf.

By the way, if you are a shill and/or work for that show, could you please tell them to stop portraying gays as shy little lambs who need heteros to step in and defend them when they are abused? Pure victim class bullshit and I don't know a gay or lesbian who wouldn't fight back -- not whimper in humiliation like the bad actors playing us do.

The pussyfication of America continues. "Everyone play nice!" So over you PC cunts in your make believe victim world.

by Anonymousreply 8807/13/2013

Not torn here. Every time I read this thread, I still chuckle. Sorry if I'm not being PC, actually I'm not! Fuck PC

by Anonymousreply 8907/13/2013

Actually, people are standing up and not taking the kind of bullshit you seem to cling to like a fat pig in stewing in its own shit.

The fact that you're complaining about how the world is changing to be more aware and more tolerant of all people is proof that our side is winning. No matter how much you pretend "PC" is a bad word with weakening powers, it isn't. This news station realized right away that this stunt was inappropriate and they apologized for it. As they should, asshole.

by Anonymousreply 9007/13/2013

[post by racist shit-stain #3 removed.]

by Anonymousreply 9107/13/2013

[quote]The list was obviously created by the intern, unless the NTSB knew about it.

R66, you're an idiot.

"In seeking to verify the names, an unidentified KTVU reporter called the government safety agency's public affairs office for confirmation, though did not read the names out loud, KTVU said. The station didn't clarify how the names were conveyed to the NTSB representative, who turned out to be a summer intern."

KTVU submitted the names to the NTSB and took the word of a summer intern as verification.

Journalism pro tip: You might want to ask for the job title of the person who's confirming your racist Asian names list.

by Anonymousreply 9307/13/2013

[quote]I'll bet the intern who did this is some rich kid who did it for laughs and will now get a writing gig on SNL or some other lame show that's a bastion of privilege.

Let's hope so.

by Anonymousreply 9407/13/2013

[quote]KTVU submitted the names to the NTSB and took the word of a summer intern as verification.

This doesn't make sense. Reading the names over the phone, one of the two would realize it was a joke unless it was two of the biggest idiots on Earth. Writing the names for an e-mail communication should have pointed the writer and the reader to a joke.

We haven't gotten the real story, yet.

by Anonymousreply 9507/13/2013

[quote]Reading the names over the phone, one of the two would realize it was a joke unless it was two of the biggest idiots on Earth.

Maybe the KTVU person just spelled them over the phone.

by Anonymousreply 9607/13/2013

Hoo Flung Pu all over this thread?

by Anonymousreply 9707/13/2013

It seems unlikely that no one at KTVU ever said the names out loud before the anchor announced them. When you're given a list of (supposedly) foreign names, one of the first things you do is try to pronounce them, especially if you're in the TV news business, and you know the names will have to be read on the air. I can't believe that KTVU got the names, called to confirm them, wrote them into the teleprompter, and put them on a graphics slide without anyone ever stopping to read them or ask how they're pronounced. It makes no sense.

by Anonymousreply 9807/13/2013

[quote]Maybe the KTVU person just spelled them over the phone.

IF that were the case, the KTVU person would have had them written out in front of him/her. It just doesn't make sense that the person wouldn't get it unless they were very, very dim. - close to retarded.

Somebody took the time to write that story with those names and that person still is being kept hidden from public view.

Was it e-mailed to KTVU or was it written at KTVU? I think they're worried about some kind of sanctions headed their way for allowing this to air.

by Anonymousreply 9907/13/2013

As if anyone can barely stand to work with R21.

by Anonymousreply 10007/13/2013

R91/R92 = freeper trash.

by Anonymousreply 10107/13/2013

OMG what a couple of Freeper assholes!

by Anonymousreply 10207/13/2013

This is why TV stations need copy editors.

by Anonymousreply 10307/13/2013

Intern #1 at KTVU: Dude! I got a list of the names of the pilots. Here it is.

Intern #2 at KTVU: OMFG! That's hilarious. Dude -- e the NTSB. I swear -- do it! I dare you e NTSB for confirmation of names. Dude, I will give you a hundred bucks ritenow .

KTVU 1: Im doing it,

KTVU 2: You won't! I know you won't!

KTVU 1: Sends email to NTSB. KTVU and we'd like confirmation of the names of the pilots. The names are Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Li Fuk and Bang Ding Ow.

NTSB: intern: oMG Dude! Yes!

by Anonymousreply 10407/13/2013

I can't imagine that they'll just let this go without finding who came up with the plan.

by Anonymousreply 10507/13/2013

Hilarious!

by Anonymousreply 10607/13/2013

Damn. I laughed until I cried when I saw this online earlier today. People are so sensitive.

by Anonymousreply 10707/13/2013

I laughed so hard, I almost burst into flames.

It has very to do with race. What makes it funny is the way the person was able to get this through onto the air, how they did it, and how stupid the anchors are. People do this a lot, you know I P Freely, shit.

by Anonymousreply 10807/13/2013

[quote]Millennials are a bunch of jackasses.

GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

by Anonymousreply 10907/13/2013

[quote]Last night's episode of "What Would You Do?" On ABC showed a stand up comic making racist comments about an Asian woman and two audiences stopped the comic in protest. It was fantastic.

MARY!!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 11007/13/2013

Anonymous was so totally behind this.

by Anonymousreply 11107/13/2013

KTVU is a FOX affiliate and they air their programming but, the newscast is very respected here in the Bay Area and not a right wing station by any means and the anchor Tori Campbell has been there for nearly 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 11207/13/2013

First and foremost -- NTSB and airlines NEVER release pilot names until after investigations are concluded, which takes months. How do people at the station not know this? Is there anyone there with any brains and experience?

Could you imagine Walter Cronkite reading that list on the air?

by Anonymousreply 11307/14/2013

I can't wait to see KTVU reveal the names of the Zimmerman trial jurors.

by Anonymousreply 11407/14/2013

Asiana reported that the actual name of one of the pilots is Lee Kang-Kuk. Well, at least he can cook and has something to fall back on.

by Anonymousreply 11507/14/2013

No, there's no racism anymore in America. Nothing to see here, move along.

by Anonymousreply 11607/14/2013

For some reason I found "Wi Tu Lo" and "Bang Ding Ow" the funniest.

by Anonymousreply 11707/14/2013

How long *is* Duck's dong?

by Anonymousreply 11807/15/2013

Three producers fired

by Anonymousreply 11907/27/2013

Yeah, because people watching KTVU-TV out of Oakland were just gripping the edges of their divans, waiting to learn the names of the pilots of that ill-fated Asiana flight, and then they were LIED TO!

So, what WERE their names? We are STILL WAITING!!

Such vitally important information cannot be withheld from us! We demand to know the facts! Every last, least insignificant one of them, or else we will SUE your lame asses into OBLIVION!

by Anonymousreply 12007/27/2013

I'm surprised nobody sued the station over this incident.

Frankly, I would've thought Bay Area lawyer Mi Su Yu would jump right on this case!

by Anonymousreply 12111/17/2013

Producer at KTVU: Luk Fo Wok

by Anonymousreply 12211/17/2013

"Who's responsible for this racist embarassment?"

"Probably some young guy."

"YOU'RE FIRED, TOO!"

by Anonymousreply 12311/17/2013

video-KABC 7 in LA got pranked live on the air today and the anchors were too stupid to even realize it had just happened

A major water-main break occurred just north of UCLA's campus on Sunset.

"Ah, yes ma'am, it's 'Slung-poo.'" .

"Someone tossed a cherry bomb or took a really big dump!" LOL

by Anonymousreply 12407/29/2014

Jesus effen Christ, what's wrong with these news stations? These news people are insanely stupid!

by Anonymousreply 12507/29/2014
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