It’s hard to feel sympathy for KTVU right now. During its noon broadcast today the local San Francisco Fox affiliate announced the supposedly newly released names of the pilots of the Asiana Airlines flight crash—“Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” This, despite the fact that the pilots had already been identified.
The fake names are so obviously fake and deeply offensive that it makes KTVU’s error that much more embarrassing. Whoever pranked the station’s probably gleefully enjoying their little success, but there’s no victory here.
The prank is just the latest of the racist ignorance news outlets have been circulating in the wake of the deadly plane crash.
KTVU apologized later, in the same broadcast, for their error.