Expats in South Korea get outraged every now and then at Koreans doing hilarious Korean things, like black face for example, but this recent crack-reportage from the infinitely more culturally enlightened, socially aware US is, well… (not that black face is appropriate)…
In California, genius KTVU news anchor Tori Campbell recently revealed details of Asiana flight 214 which tragically crashed in San Francisco last week, killing two Chinese students (a third death was reported this morning of another Chinese girl). Ms Campbell, expertly reading the autocue and apparently paying no attention at all to what she was actually saying, announced the names of the Asiana pilots and crew on board.
Without skipping a beat (and lacking any semblance of critical thought), Ms Campbell went on to announce that these names had been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Campbell was not the only one asleep at the switch however. That this ridiculous and very obvious prank was not picked up by anyone at KTVU is mildly surprising, considering that station proudly issued a press release a few days ago, stating the infallible accuracy of their coverage.
“Being first on air and on every platform in all aspects of our coverage was a great accomplishment, but being 100% accurate, effectively using our great sources and social media without putting a single piece of erroneous information on our air, is what we are most proud of as a newsroom,” said Lee Rosenthal, KTVU News Director.
And this, from Tom Raponi, KTVU/KICU Vice President & General Manager.
“In breaking news situations like this it’s not only our job to give information but to make sure it’s accurate information. Viewers came to us all day on-air, on-line and on their mobile devices as the most trusted source of information for this tragic event. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously.”
Nice work guys.