Last Friday, San Francisco news station KTVU aired the supposed named of the pilots for Asiana flight 214. Those names ended up being obviously fake and were horribly racist.
The news story broadcasted live, with names given to the news station by a summer intern at the NTSB. The agency apologized, placing the blame entirely on the intern for the awful mistake. They released a statement reading:
"The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
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 does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers 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.”
That’s not going to stop the airline from suing the pants of the news station. According to Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin, the airline is suing to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report” that disparaged Asians.
She also reportedly said the broadcast damaged the airlines reputation (because the crash didn’t do that for them) but declined to sue the NTSB because it was the TV station report that did the damage, not the U.S. federal agency.
I bet they’ll be fact checking a lot more now.