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2013-07-12 10:35:19 PM
8 votes:
Gene Masseth
2013-07-13 01:18:35 AM
4 votes:
The joke with Gene Masseth is that you've been repeating it over and over again out loud trying to figure it out, when it means absolutely nothing.
2013-07-13 01:16:31 AM
4 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor


You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?
2013-07-13 12:33:54 AM
4 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I DON'T F*CKING GET IT!


i.imgur.com
2013-07-13 07:50:05 AM
3 votes:
I've ranted about this before, and I am going to do it again:

Dear News Stations and Media Outlets,

Look, I appreciate the work you do.  Granted, I get about 99% of my news from the internet, but that's neither here, nor there.  When I tune in with you, it is often for live events.

Now that being said, I think I need to take a small step back and lend you a wee bit of insight about my state of mind, as well as the collective state of mind/opinion about newer generations thoughts about you.  Our parents and grandparents were loyal to specific news outlets and hosts.  We are not.  We do not switch the channel because you are going to report something exclusive 45 seconds a head of another station.

Generally, exclusivity means nothing to us now a days, and here is why:  About two minutes after your "OMG Exclusive Interview WHARGARBLE!!!" is over, about 9000 other media sources have, dissected, summarized, and disseminated the main and interesting points of you "exclusive" interview.  In short, we do not care about your exclusivity.

Our indifference to exclusivity is extended even further when it comes to your station/network reporting on a specifics of a topic 17 seconds before another station/network.  It has been proven time and time again that when live events are happening, often there is a lot of misinformation as well as outright incorrect info.  You have taken your craft from being basically a public service, to entertainment, hence your need to get "whatever out there as soon as you can."

You have a duty to the public to report on CORRECT information, not just stuff.  You wanna know why younger generations are not loyal and do not care about you?  Partially, it is because of shiat like this.  These "names" had to have been passed through at least 3-5 peoples hands, and not one single person took 10 seconds to study the information and say..."gee, this does not look to be correct, I think we are getting pranked here..."...no one did that?  Hey, but...bonus point time - You reported it before anyone else!!! WOOT-WOOT!!!  GO LOCAL NEWS STATION, GOOOO LOCAL NEWS STATION!!! GO SHORTY, IT'S YOUR BURFDAY!!!

Seriously, fark you guys, fark you right in the ass!  We want accurate information, not just stuff.  Why this is so difficult for you to grasp is beyond me...
2013-07-13 01:42:11 AM
3 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF


The joke is: Gene Masseth is the guy's real name. The other guy in the photo made up "Haywood Jablome" as a joke. But to make it even more funny (sic), Farkers and others pretend that Gene Masseth is the joke name, then drive others crazy by fake-hinting, but not revealing the joke ... because the joke is, there's nothing funny about the name.
2013-07-13 01:38:12 AM
3 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: MFAWG: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?

So it IS just meaningless bullsh*t that is perpetuated for no other reason that it's meaningless?

/makes perfect sense
//'specially here


Yep.

Guys interviewed for the newspaper in 2009 snuck in a funny name, and they did it by tucking it behind an actual name/fake name that wasn't dirty.

Gene Masseth was the normal name, and instead of laughing at the funny name he said, "Ha! Gene Masseth is hilarious!" With the normal snark we all love.

A few people posted wondering how Gene Masseth was funny, and thus the meme was born.
2013-07-13 01:18:42 AM
3 votes:
So the NTSB had their slave labor relay the information to the person at the TV station who is no doubt doing the jobs of five people for $11 an hour. The anchor is a moron with a phony journalism degree from Arizona State or some other degree mill. The station manager was probably promoted from the sales department and actually knows nothing about broadcasting.

It's a long chain of incompetence and apathetic labor.
2013-07-13 01:11:26 AM
3 votes:

Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd


If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor
2013-07-13 12:37:22 AM
3 votes:
2013-07-12 11:04:08 PM
3 votes:
What's his FARK handle?
2013-07-12 11:00:49 PM
3 votes:
Intern=free labor. Sounds like the NTSB their money's worth.
2013-07-13 02:59:24 AM
2 votes:

HotWingAgenda: I just finally looked up the actual video of the news moron reading the fake names. She seriously said Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow out loud, without stopping to think about it. What the f*ck.



When your brain learns to do a job well enough, it will sometimes shunt your cognition a bit to make you more efficient at that specific task.

You should see the crap they've done to pet/mri scans that goes by a radiologist without them even realizing that someone put mickey mouse ears on a kidney or the outline of a sailboat where a liver should be.

Their job is to read that teleprompter. They hone in on that, get 'in the zone' and well, you get what we have here.

/go fark yourself San Diego
2013-07-13 02:29:17 AM
2 votes:
Has anyone heard the 'no-soap-radio joke', it is really funny.
2013-07-13 01:55:35 AM
2 votes:
www.holdinoutforahero.org
2013-07-13 01:22:02 AM
2 votes:

W.C.fields forever: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

Enjoying myself? wit a lisp?
still scratching my head.Thinking to hard.

/need
//more
///clues


I think we're wasting our time trying to make something of it

/the joke is that it's meaningless
//and we're fools for trying to figure it out
///gene this
2013-07-13 01:21:24 AM
2 votes:
Seriously, what the hell is so funny about Gene Masseth? The 2009 thread is useless.

I get every single other prank name. I'm a goddamned linguist, and a rather cunning one, dammit. What gives?!

/A diagram would be helpful
2013-07-13 12:13:54 AM
2 votes:
Haha well I found it absolutely hilarious, but I do have a very inappropriate sense of humor. "Captain Sum Ting Wong" had me falling out of my chair!
2013-07-12 11:01:59 PM
2 votes:
I would totally buy that intern a drink. Sure it's unprofessional but it's hilarious.
2013-07-13 08:54:12 AM
1 votes:

GreatGlavinsGhost: Paging Haywood Jablome, Haywood Jablome please report to thread #7839762


Will you accept a substitute?
2013-07-13 08:10:25 AM
1 votes:

Disgruntled Goat: It is absolutely astounding, I mean totally mindboggling, that someone would:

A) Call to confirm that list of names

B) Pass the list along to a newswriter/scriptwriter

C) The scriptwriter would USE the info after seeing the names written down

D) The graphics person could see those names listed and STILL make the on-air graphic

E) The director could look at it on his preview monitor and NOT notice the idiocy going on and broadcast the freaking list


Just...I'm speechless.


1988 called and wants its workflow back.  That's not how things are done anymore.

A) Newsroom desk jockey* (probably also an intern) calls NTSB to get/confirm the names

B) Newsroom desk jockey* PMs the list to the news writer, who is also very likely an intern

C) Newswriter/intern writes the story*.  The graphic is created in the script -- there are very few graphics people anymore, and they only deal with complicated things like non-canned animations.  Simple full-screens are all done in ENPS or whatever writing tool the station uses.

D) Producer is too busy doing the job of 11 other people and sitting in meetings to proofread the script.

E) Anchor wanders in three minutes before the news starts, and reads the script cold from the TelePrompTer.

There are no more "proofreaders."  There never was a "quality control department."  The director is so bogged down in fancy flying special effects that he never has time to read the preview screen.  Local TV newsrooms have been cut back so much over the last 20 years that this is the result.

There are dozens -- maybe hundreds -- of local news shows that go on the air with just three or four people.  In many markets the anchor has to run his own prompter with a foot pedal.  Field crews used to be four people (reporter, photographer, sound, producer).  Now almost the entire country runs on one-man-bands.

(*This assumes the over-worked producer even HAS a desk assistant/assignment editor and a writer or two on staff.  More often than not in American local news, one person -- the producer -- does virtually EVERYTHING.)
2013-07-13 08:07:25 AM
1 votes:
First of all, the Gene meme thing isn't funny, and if you think it is, well, you can marvel over the red wheel barrow beside the white chickens.

What is funny is that no one at KTVU noticed those bogus names? Is it the fault of the news station wanting to be first? I don't think so, not unless they're all like Ron Burgundy and will read anything. Problem is, we really don't need as much news that gets put out there, online as well. Give people time to wonder and try and figure things out, work on the facts, then report it later, after all the stories get straightened out. It's just too much. about 75% of CNN is absolutely worthless, probably more. Kill the stupid scroll, and ignore the stupid Tweet or comment you get from Ngo Fukin Wei.
2013-07-13 07:07:49 AM
1 votes:
Someone please, find that intern's email address so an invite with sponsorship can be sent.
2013-07-13 05:51:42 AM
1 votes:
I don't recall issuing a statement...
2013-07-13 02:48:42 AM
1 votes:
I just finally looked up the actual video of the news moron reading the fake names. She seriously said Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow out loud, without stopping to think about it. What the f*ck.
2013-07-13 01:51:14 AM
1 votes:
I don't know what's funnier, all you people pretending not to know the Gene Masseth meaning, or all you dopes trying to explain it.

i434.photobucket.com
2013-07-13 01:47:01 AM
1 votes:

Testiclaw: MaudlinMutantMollusk: MFAWG: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?

So it IS just meaningless bullsh*t that is perpetuated for no other reason that it's meaningless?

/makes perfect sense
//'specially here

Yep.

Guys interviewed for the newspaper in 2009 snuck in a funny name, and they did it by tucking it behind an actual name/fake name that wasn't dirty.

Gene Masseth was the normal name, and instead of laughing at the funny name he said, "Ha! Gene Masseth is hilarious!" With the normal snark we all love.

A few people posted wondering how Gene Masseth was funny, and thus the meme was born.


Thank you
2013-07-13 01:44:05 AM
1 votes:

MadAzza: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

The joke is: Gene Masseth is the guy's real name. The other guy in the photo made up "Haywood Jablome" as a joke. But to make it even more funny (sic), Farkers and others pretend that Gene Masseth is the joke name, then drive others crazy by fake-hinting, but not revealing the joke ... because the joke is, there's nothing funny about the name.


You couldn't be more wrong. If the French accent doesn't work, try German. Sometimes that helps.
2013-07-13 01:43:29 AM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF


It's very similar to the joke image of the very busty girl tied to a chair and everyone who sees the picture comments about the show on the TV behind her. (Ignore the obvious, pretend something innocuous is the main subject and see who falls for it)
2013-07-13 01:39:59 AM
1 votes:
*Intern in sarcastic tone*

"Yeah... THAT was their names. RIGHT"
2013-07-13 01:36:25 AM
1 votes:

Jabberwookiee: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

Try it with a French accent. I'll be waiting...


Hope you're not holding your breath

/I am a collector of voices and accents
//my one serious lifetime hero is Mel Blanc
///I CANNOT MAKE THAT BULLSH*T FUNNY
////no comprende
2013-07-13 01:34:03 AM
1 votes:

MFAWG: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?


So it IS just meaningless bullsh*t that is perpetuated for no other reason that it's meaningless?

/makes perfect sense
//'specially here
2013-07-13 01:31:05 AM
1 votes:

REO-Weedwagon: It's a long chain of incompetence and apathetic labor.


Yup. It was a cascade failure of the highest order and in this day and age of instant news, journalists shouldn't still be getting pantsed like this, but there ya go.
2013-07-13 01:30:25 AM
1 votes:

Somacandra: Dijon Ketchup: I'll bet it was Mike Litoris who queefed the names.

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You know the guy?


The TV station logo on the Mike Litoris screenshot is also KTVU Channel 2, the same station that read off the NTSB names. They must be easy pickings.
2013-07-13 01:27:47 AM
1 votes:
Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF
2013-07-13 01:26:07 AM
1 votes:
Man, I hadn't heard Gene Masseth in years. I laugh every single time like I'm hearing it for the first time.
2013-07-13 01:25:21 AM
1 votes:
I couldn't get over the fact that she read those names out and didn't skip a beat. I would have stopped after getting that first one out. Hilarious either way, though.

It also shows that there aren't really journalists anymore. Just a bunch of actors that read teleprompters to push whatever agenda they're paid the most for.
2013-07-13 01:23:28 AM
1 votes:
www.bontheball.com
When the American "news media" meets an American "government agency."
2013-07-13 01:09:52 AM
1 votes:
Yeah, what's the deal with an intern at the NTSB being able to get anywhere near a telephone?

If we funded our government properly (after deducting for IRS parties), we'd be able to put accountable people in important offices, rather than "free" labor.
2013-07-13 01:09:17 AM
1 votes:
Someone just told their unpaid intern that there was no future for them at the company.
2013-07-13 01:06:35 AM
1 votes:
WordyGrrl: Sounds like the NTSB their money's worth.

the whole thing?
2013-07-13 12:59:21 AM
1 votes:
And Baba-Booey to ya'll.

"Go f**k yourself, San Diego"

lol....

News readers, will they ever comprehend what they're reading?
2013-07-13 12:54:52 AM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Somacandra: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I DON'T F*CKING GET IT!

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Yes, yes, I understand Heywood Jablome, and I've seen the goddamned picture

/BUT WTF IS GENE MASSETH SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
//I just don't get the joke
///and with my sense of humor, that is like finding Nessie and Bigfoot shacked up in a Motel 6 right off of I-5 in Portland, Oregon
////with video


Imagine someone with a bad lisp saying "jerking myself." I demand remunerations for this.
2013-07-13 12:50:06 AM
1 votes:
I laughed out loud . . . and I usually don't.

Even more funny is that the news anchor probably had help practicing these names a few times before going on air.
2013-07-13 12:46:14 AM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Somacandra: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I DON'T F*CKING GET IT!

[i.imgur.com image 444x397]

Yes, yes, I understand Heywood Jablome, and I've seen the goddamned picture

/BUT WTF IS GENE MASSETH SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
//I just don't get the joke
///and with my sense of humor, that is like finding Nessie and Bigfoot shacked up in a Motel 6 right off of I-5 in Portland, Oregon
////with video


If you have to ask, you're never going to know.
2013-07-13 12:43:58 AM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Somacandra: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I DON'T F*CKING GET IT!

[i.imgur.com image 444x397]

Yes, yes, I understand Heywood Jablome, and I've seen the goddamned picture

/BUT WTF IS GENE MASSETH SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
//I just don't get the joke
///and with my sense of humor, that is like finding Nessie and Bigfoot shacked up in a Motel 6 right off of I-5 in Portland, Oregon
////with video


*pat, pat, pat*

I never got it either, makes me feel like I'm missing something obvious.
2013-07-13 12:39:45 AM
1 votes:

Somacandra: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I DON'T F*CKING GET IT!

[i.imgur.com image 444x397]


Yes, yes, I understand Heywood Jablome, and I've seen the goddamned picture

/BUT WTF IS GENE MASSETH SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
//I just don't get the joke
///and with my sense of humor, that is like finding Nessie and Bigfoot shacked up in a Motel 6 right off of I-5 in Portland, Oregon
////with video
2013-07-12 10:38:47 PM
1 votes:
Overzealous staffer.

And why isn't it, "Former intern"?
2013-07-12 10:24:23 PM
1 votes:
ex-intern
2013-07-12 10:15:13 PM
1 votes:
That poor intern. I wonder if his name is Joe King?
 
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