Asiana Airlines Says It Will Sue KTVU for Airing Prank Names

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I don't want to disappoint anyone who really enjoys reading 1000-word rants about whatever is bothering me that day, but posts will probably be shorter this week as I am also working on getting the book finished.

This one doesn't require many words anyway.

Those of you who just discovered the internet may not know that a Bay Area TV station fell for a Bart-Simpson-level prank when it reported the names of the pilots on Asiana Flight 214, which crashed at SFO recently. While KTVU did seek confirmation from the National Transportation Safety Board, it apparently reached an intern there, which is why the names it reported (YouTube clip here) included, for example, first officer "Wi Tu Lo." (The others are just as bad.) It is utterly incredible that those names made it to air at all, but the anchor apologized after a break.

This fiasco is still in the headlines anyway, but Asiana has extended its life by saying, as an Asiana spokesperson did today, that the airline was planning to sue KTVU to "strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report" that disparaged Asians by its use of stereotypical names. It couldn't be any clearer that KTVU did not intend to discriminate, nor did it act with malice, so I don't know what the purpose of a lawsuit would be.

The source who identified the spokesperson as "Betty Humpter" should be ashamed of himself.