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(SFGate)   Following Asiana fake name debacle, KTVU fires long-time producers Wi Fuk Tup, Took Mai Chob, and Wai Mi   (sfgate.com) divider line 30
    More: Followup, Asiana Airlines, KTVA, KTVU, pseudonyms  
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2013-07-25 09:55:52 AM  
I'm surprised at How Long it took them
 
2013-07-25 09:57:54 AM  
KTVU?
 
2013-07-25 09:59:15 AM  
But not the anchorlady reading them out loud on the air, because anchorpeople, as we learned from Ron Burgundy, will read any damn thing you put in front of them and should never be confused with actual professional journalists.
 
2013-07-25 10:00:10 AM  
This was all just a ploy so they could hire Sum Yun Gai, Wok Fopi Nuts, and Sukok Fo Job at half the cost.
 
2013-07-25 10:12:12 AM  

BunkoSquad: But not the anchorlady reading them out loud on the air, because anchorpeople, as we learned from Ron Burgundy, will read any damn thing you put in front of them and should never be confused with actual professional journalists.


Yep, pretty much. Then again, I'm curious how much processing you'd be doing as you read a teleprompter on a live news broadcast. I have a friend who works at KTVU and is very critical of the industry, but even he doesn't blame the anchors involved as it really isn't their job to be analyzing the scroll.

He did say that multiple people in the newsroom looked at the copy before it went to the prompter. I'm guessing that the people who lost their job were the same people who looked at this and let it go.
 
2013-07-25 10:19:02 AM  

EngineerBob: KTVU?


KTVA

It's a cross between KTVU and DVDA.
 
2013-07-25 10:25:10 AM  
I submitted this with a much subtler headline.
 
2013-07-25 10:29:00 AM  

Two Dogs Farking: I submitted this with a much subtler headline.


Go Kwai Mo
 
2013-07-25 10:41:42 AM  

Two Dogs Farking: I submitted this with a much subtler headline.


No matter how hard you shill for him, Gene Masseth won't sleep with you

/assuming that one was yours
 
2013-07-25 11:09:39 AM  
They kept Gene Masseth, right?
 
2013-07-25 11:22:28 AM  
Fortunately KLIT didn't read those names...
 
2013-07-25 11:23:35 AM  
They should have watched that SNL sketch with Robert Deniro talking about terrorist names.
 
2013-07-25 11:29:57 AM  
I'm still surprised at the shock people have over a Fox affiliate not fact-checking.
 
2013-07-25 11:32:20 AM  
I just put in a resume there a few weeks ago, I hope they call me.  If someone there is reading this please call me.  My name is Hugh Janus and I really need a job.
 
2013-07-25 11:34:00 AM  
I'm much more surprised that there were this many producers who had their hands on this.
 
2013-07-25 12:00:15 PM  

BowtoMogul: I'm much more surprised that there were this many producers who had their hands on this.


I'm not; modern news is very much reported by committee these days.
 
2013-07-25 12:00:26 PM  

BunkoSquad: ...because anchorpeople, as we learned from Ron Burgundy, will read...


Wow. Just...wow.
 
2013-07-25 12:23:27 PM  
FTFA: "...  the episode was emblematic of the pressure news reporters everywhere are under to get information out as quickly as possible."

Here's an idea: how about you feel pressure to get shiat right, rather than getting it quickly?

I've never understood this philosophy that you go on air (or to print to publish on the web) with whatever unsubstantiated bullshiat you can come up with as quickly as possible, and then "correct" it later.

"Correcting" it isn't going to make any goddam difference. By the time that happens (assuming it happens at all), thousands (or hundreds of thousands or millions) of people have already gotten and passed on to others the unsubstantiated bullshiat.

This is why people don't believe "mainstream" news sources anymore and have replaced them with the internet. Not necessarily because it's more convenient and quicker (though it is, obviously), but because the "mainstream" news has proven, over and over again, that they are no more reliable sources of information than some random asshole on the intertubes.

They have only themselves to blame. Esp. TV news. Throwing a dart at a bulletin board full of random shiat you copied and pasted from various websites would be just as reliable as most "reporters" on TV.

As much contempt as I have for Fox News (and they are contemptible), at least they're somewhat upfront about the fact that they're disseminating their own "view" (AKA bullshiat opinions). They're just taking advantage of the other fact, that their viewers are so stupid, they don't care that they're being misinformed. It obviously pays well. If I had no scruples whatsoever, I'd do it too.
 
2013-07-25 12:24:16 PM  

BunkoSquad: But not the anchorlady reading them out loud on the air, because anchorpeople, as we learned from Ron Burgundy, will read any damn thing you put in front of them and should never be confused with actual professional journalists?


FTFY
 
2013-07-25 12:27:01 PM  
Look, it was uncalled for and out of line, but "Som Ting Wong" and "Ho Lee Fuk" had me gasping for air for a good ten minutes the first time I saw the video.
 
2013-07-25 12:50:04 PM  
I do have to applaud the intern's (supposedly the NTSB intern, though I still have a hard time believing that story) epic trolling.

I mean, how many people can say their troll led to the dismissal of several long-time employees at a news station? That's some shiat you should put on a resume.
 
2013-07-25 01:09:15 PM  
Just can't believe no one in the studio didn't bust a gut as those names were read out loud.
 
2013-07-25 01:23:53 PM  

tnpir: Look, it was uncalled for and out of line, but "Som Ting Wong" and "Ho Lee Fuk" had me gasping for air for a good ten minutes the first time I saw the video.


This.

First time I saw it was on the Daily Show and I had to pause the DVR for about 15 minutes.  I could only imagine some guy that looks like Fred Willard fainting in the control room.
 
2013-07-25 01:30:42 PM  
Bunkosquad:But not the anchorlady reading them out loud on the air, because anchorpeople, as we learned from Ron Burgundy, will read any damn thing you put in front of them and should never be confused with actual professional journalists.This.  Nobody stood back at any time and said, 'Wait, these really sound like joke names, can we get confirmation on this?'

/Local news has the production standards of community college news productions.
 
2013-07-25 02:07:12 PM  
+1 subby
 
2013-07-25 02:20:33 PM  
So no actual people were hurt, just some producers lost their jobs, right?

/kidding

Having worked in broadcast TV many years ago (still having flashbacks but not as often) I can honestly say that even the person who typed that graphic up, didn't read it, per se.  Just probably copied the spelling.  They don't/can't pay attention to the content, very much.
 
2013-07-25 03:14:01 PM  
"Well, that was a major Fuk-up."
- Stephen Colbert
 
2013-07-25 08:02:02 PM  
During its noon newscast on July 12, anchor >Tori Campbell announced that "KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board" the ill-fated plane - then proceeded to read from a teleprompter while the phony names were displayed on a graphic.
The names she gave were Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow.
Only after the station returned from a break did Campbell - who had clearly been unaware of the mistake - read an on-air correction, telling viewers that the station had confirmed the names with theNational Transportation Safety Board.
By day's end, the NTSB issued its own apology for "inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed" to KTVU. Soon after, the NTSB announced that it had fired a summer intern over the incident.


Does firing three producers over this strike anyone else as a ridiculous overreaction?
 
2013-07-25 08:43:18 PM  

keypusher: Does firing three producers over this strike anyone else as a ridiculous overreaction?


No. Not at all.
 
2013-07-25 11:56:04 PM  
If you don't want your embarrassment to continue to be in the public awareness, how about we stop highlighting said Fuk-Up
 
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