KTVU in the Bay Area had one of the most cringeworthy oversights you'll ever see from a local newscast. Somehow, the station was duped into publishing the names seen above as the pilots for the Asiana Flight 214 plane that crashed in San Francisco. What's more, there's video of the names being read aloud on air...
First of all, two people died in the crash, so whoever thought this gag was timely or funny is a pretty terrible person. Yes, har har you made a joke with Asian names. Congratulations on fulfilling the fullest potential of your intelligence.
But second of all, how in the name of all that is holy does this get through numerous checks to get on air? I'm sure someone had to call/write in this tip to a living, breathing human being. Then we're talking reporters, editors, and an entire flipping newsroom that had to vet it before it went on air!
Or, in this case, they didn't.
UPDATE: You know how the anchor in the video says the NTSB confirmed the names? Ludicrous, right? Uhh... that actually happened. The NTSB says a "summer intern" erroneously confirmed the wrong names in a press release. So yea, even more people goofed than we originally thought.
The assignment desk calls for verification. The news writer writes it. The show producer edits. The executive producer okays it. The anchor reads and okays it prior to air. Oh, and let's not forget the graphics person who put together the slide with the names on it. That's an awful lot of folks to have missed this.
You obviously don't know how they do things in TV news if you think a 20-second "reader" went through numerous levels of reporters and editors before going on air. Probably one person typed it in and that was it. There are no longer fact-checkers in TV newsrooms in America (and there are few in print newsrooms as well). Instead they hire graphics kids who do those annoying animations that pop up and change color and dance. They will run something by the station's lawyers if they fear a suit, but increasingly they avoid this by simply not reporting anything controversial (almost no one does investigative journalism anymore) and just engaging in "press-release" reporting instead--someone faxes a notice, and they copy and paste it into the Promptr. Many times those seeking the coverage even provide the video. There used to be strict regulations about labeling such material as from the purveyor, but now even that isn't done all the time anymore. As someone else pointed out, the intent is to save a few bucks--bucks they'll happily spend on renovating the executives' offices or some other frivolity. Most people today realize just how little integrity there is in journalism in America anymore. (And the rest of the world is catching up, too.)
That apology is long gone, Ron. The NTSB may have put the kabosh on it since it did not "confirm the names."
It somewhat wasn't the station's fault, though someone should have said, "Wait a minute." The NTSB just said a summer intern provided the names/"information" to the station, which ran with it.
And here's the apology on their website: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/ktvu-apology/nYpL3/
You are making a presumption that in modern journalism you should no longer be making...that such things go through numerous checks before release. That isn't happening anymore because many news organizations, in print, broadcast and online, have eliminated professional copy editors as a cost reduction measure. Most news organizations today are willing to accept the occasional embarrassment of a fraudulent report such as this in exchange for the small amount of financial savings that they get from reductions in their editing staff. KTVU is most certainly not going to suffer any long-term credibility issue because of this because everyone else is doing the same thing.
How do we know that Journatic didn't auto-pen this?
I'm all for integrity, but when you've got remote controlled cameras, reporters that have to shoot their own video, and TDs who are fresh out of film school, how can you be surprised?
Shame of it is, some folks got fired from KTVU. And they weren't management.