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Oakland CA News Anchor Reads Wrong Names Of Asiana Pilots [Video]

By Nikki Cruz/CBS Radio
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Update (July 15, 2013): Asiana officials confirmed the airline will sue KTVU for airing racially offensive names that it said damaged their reputation.

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While most of the world waits for the jury to decide the fate of George Zimmerman, sum ting happened in Oakland, California that is just WONG!

The TV news anchor at KTVU mistakenly announced the names of the Asiana Airlines pilots, after supposedly confirming the list with the National Transportation Safety Board.

As you can see in the video, Tori Campbell does not seem to notice that the names are mocking a tragic accident, where three young girls died when Flight #214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport. Over 60 other people were injured. Two adults remain in critical condition.

When NTSB officials were questioned about the names, they blamed a student intern, who was answering media questions at the agency. However, it’s not clear if the list originated from the NTSB. No one seems to know how KTVU got the list of fake names, or why the NTSB intern confirmed the information as true.

Even though both the TV station and NTSB later apologized for their mistake, I don’t think it’s enough. The fake names are derogatory, and the behavior of the NTSB unprofessional and incompetent. As for KTVU? How does an anchor living in a mostly Asian community not realize, after saying the first name, “Sum Ting Wong” live on the air, that something really is wrong with her news report.

That’s my two cents. What do you think?

By the way, the actual names of the pilots are Lee Kang-kook and Lee Jeong-min.

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