We have a feeling San Francisco’s KTVU is gonna be haunted by this one for a quite a while:

One word: Painful.

KTV-ugh.

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Update:

Interestingly, the four names read by the KTVU anchor appeared in a tweet this past Wednesday:

KTVU has since apologized:

Update:

The NTSB released a statement blaming a summer intern for confirming the names KTVU read on air.

  • The Penguin

    Did CNN do the fact checking on this?

    • ceemack

      This sounds like something Wolf Blitzer would do.

      • Not Anonymous

        It sounds like sum ting Wolfgang Puck would do..

      • Ken Alan Draper

        even as we type piers morgan’s producer is trying to find Captain Sum ting Wong for an on the air interview to talk about assault rifles.

    • KylaGWolf

      It was the local fox news channel in Oakland/SF. I think someone was having too much fun with the teleprompter. Now if someone would just do that to Obama would prove once and for all he has no brain.

      • journogal

        That’s when is he off the teleprompter (“police acted stupidly,” “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin,” “Austrian language,” “57 states…”)

      • Jabotinsky

        No, it’s not a teleprompter-only joke. NTSB confirmed the names.

        • tedlv

          Someone at the NTSB had a great sense of humor, and is totally evil! Love it!

    • Not Anonymous

      No, it was the Obama birth certificate guys…

      • JustLurkin

        Nope, that’s accurate. It was the TOTUS, or the zero’s teleprompter.

        • Not Anonymous

          Obama’s birth certificate is fake- any 1st year photoshop student could show you multiple layers and elements from about 9 different documents. Something you obviously never have with a single document of a valid nature.

          Not to mention the usage of the word “black” in the racial description, during a time when they still said colored. They didn’t use the term black or african american until nearly 30 years later.

    • seemorejustice

      No KTVU said it was confirmed by someone at the NTSB… Ben Dover was his name.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        if you would like to lodge a complaint his supervisors name is I.P. freely.

      • The Penguin

        Or was it Mike Hunt?

        • tedlv

          It was a woman?

    • seemorejustice

      No KTVU said it was confirmed by someone at the NTSB… Ben Dover was his name.

    • Guest

      CNN ratings so low, they can’t afford to fact check.

    • Guest

      I believe it was Candy Crowley!

    • Ken Alan Draper

      I’m kind of surprised Jessee Jackson isn’t out claiming that the plane was shot down with an AR-15. remember when he claimed that the AR-15 was capable of shooting down planes & blowing up trains?

  • DV S1EOG

    I’m sorry, but this is the funniest thing I have seen in a while…

    • Spiny Norman

      I wonder where it originally came from, 4Chan or Reddit, or another gang of internet pranksters…

    • Spiny Norman

      I wonder where it originally came from, 4Chan or Reddit, or another gang of internet pranksters…

  • B-rad

    I just laughed up my spleen.

    • Robert Hoff

      …now THAT is funny, I don’t care who you are…

    • 1azuce

      You’ve got some spleenen to do.

    • Craig Jacobs

      It’s all fun and games until someone laughs up their spleen.

      Then it’s funner.

      • TexSizzle

        And gameser?

    • JubaDoobai!

      Yeah, I laughed like a loon when I read it a couple hours ago, and am still laughing when I think about it. Part of the humor is that those names are pretty close to Cantonese names. I’ve even known someone whose first name was Ou (pronounced OW). The bigger part of the humor is that the newsreader was just eye reading, like Obama does, the brain never engaged.

  • FGCU_James

    This is not happening right now.

    I can’t believe someone actually fell for names like that.

    • adztheman

      You have to wonder..didn’t somebody in the newsroom think to themselves, ”wait a minute, is this right? And do anchors just read anything on the prompter…

      I realize this is an ongoing story..and that people died…but I’m howling with laughter right now that somebody in a major market would fall for this..

      • autdrew4real

        same thought. I laughed so hard I choked. Teleprompter readers apparently just read what is written & if they cant pronounce it, they fake it. So says the former Marine Corpse wife lololololol

  • MarcusFenix

    I can’t stop chuckling over this one…..just too good!

  • heynonnynonny

    There’s a saying: Trust but verify. Hello, KTVU?

    • PrussBlue

      They did verify! They called Nancy Pelosi.

  • Finrod Felagund

    And the MSM has the gall to whine about blogger accuracy.

    • 3seven77

      ^^This^^

    • 3seven77

      ^^This^^

  • alanaforsyth

    Bet it’s not funny to the parents and other loved ones of the two girls who are dead because of the crash.

    • Tracy

      We’re not laughing at the victims, we’re laughing at the news channel because they 1) obviously didn’t check their facts before reporting (like most MSM), and 2) were too stupid to recognize they were played. It’s fun laughing at the MSM when they fail.

    • Dutra

      Get a life.

    • journogal

      I am laughing at the fact this happened in San Francisco, one of the most pc-places in the country. Did they not check this? For us in fly-over country, after having the left coast and east coast constantly tell us how stupid, racists and bigots we are, it’s hilarious.

    • 1SkepticalChick

      The victims of the crash are not being mocked here. They are mentioned no where in this thread by anyone other than you & the hand slapping (except for Twitchy) Moderator. The news station that posted the mockworthy, obviously fictional names of the pilots of the craft & claimed the names had been verified is being blasted for it’s stupidity. And rightly so. I verified it.

      • alanaforsyth

        No, the victims are not being mocked, but the occasion of the crash and the circumstances of it are being used as fodder for mirth. Doing that shows a lack of maturity and common decency. Bad enough the prank was done in the first place. But perpetuating it is unseemly.

    • Craig Jacobs

      There is Sum TIng Wong with you.

  • Jerry Lewis

    How could you read that out loud and not realize you’ve been had??? Seriously, cn any group of people actually be that stupid? Apparently so.

    • alumin

      You obviously haven’t watched KTVU much…the answer is YES! :-)

  • http://nobletimes.com/ Franklin Brown
  • http://gretawire.com/ Lmg

    LOL! Thanks, I needed the laugh!!

  • Kypsalis

    This is why copying and pasting the news is NOT a good approach to journalism.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      BLOODY RIGHT! But still laughing…. BTW Like your avatar… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Ted DiIorio

    Classic!

  • Caves45

    AAAAAAHHHHHH Priceless

  • DreadPirateStarbucks

    It’s the AJ Clemente syndrome.

  • Sakemoto

    I guess that answers the question over whether or not to trust the Lamestream media.

  • Ann Tucker

    That’s not funny . Not in the least . What’s the matter with this country when people died and are gravely injured? Where is decency in America , it’s like children laughing at poo-poo jokes. Disgusting , and racist .

    • massach22

      Lighten up.

    • journogal

      It’s funny because the media fell for it. No one at all is laughing at the victims, we are laughing at the gullibility of the media. Couldn’t they have seen this was fake?

    • autdrew4real

      seriously? racist? wow.
      Everyone is laughing at the NEWS PEOPLE not the victims. Obviously everyone is sorry for the victims in this case but that is not what THIS story is about. THIS story is about how gullible news readers are & that they cant even catch something so blatant, obviously, stupidly wrong but the viewers could.

    • JoeMyGodNYC

      And a FOX affiliate, not that Twitchy will tell you that.

      • gekkobear

        Actually FOx local affiliate… which isn’t the same as Fox National News… but keep hoping you can persuade someone that local news is totally the same people.

        • JoeMyGodNYC

          Please. If this had been a local affiliate of ANY of the other networks, THAT would be in Twitchy’s headline.

          • Fire and Adjust!

            Can you PLEASE teach me how to predict alternate realities where you KNOW EXACTLY how something would take place if something different would have happend in THIS universe? That HAS to be worth something somewhere………..

      • Grandma HeadInjury
        • mike_in_kosovo

          That looks familiar… :)

    • bo1921

      Why? Because poo-poo’s brown?

    • John

      I think you just redefined the term, “dense”.

      • TexSizzle

        Redefined, or illustrated?

  • tjp77

    I seriously cannot stop laughing at this. I don’t care if it makes me a horrible person, this is the funniest freaking thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    #AIRPLANE!-er, EHHHHRRRRRPLANE! I’d expect to see it in a Movie like that…
    “What’s the Vector, Victor?”
    “Under, Over.”
    “Roger.”
    “HUH?!”
    XD Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Juan Motie

      KTVU: “We picked a bad day to stop sniffin’ glue!”

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        “Surely, you can’t be serious…”
        “I AM Serious!…And don’t call me Shirley!”
        XD #EHHHRPLANE! Jawamax 8<{D}

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        “Surely, you can’t be serious…”
        “I AM Serious!…And don’t call me Shirley!”
        XD #EHHHRPLANE! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • dr44

    Looks like KTVU is using Dan Rather’s old copy writer.

  • WilliamAmos

    Can have fun with this as well. http://youtu.be/ilzEmTii_vw

  • Russell Walker

    I’m sure they confirmed the authenticity of the pilot names with Snopes.com…… Seems Legit!

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    AHEM, Twitchy Team – That would KTVU- FOX affiliate. How typical that NOT ONE of the cited tweets happens to include that very inconvenient fact.

    • j95lee

      But clueless liberals find jobs on FOX. And the city is San Francisco.

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      And another Fox obsessive is heard from! Woot woot!

      So when are you going to worry about a channel conservatives give half a rip about? Oh wait, there isn’t any, but don’t let that adjust your tinfoil hat too much….

    • journogal

      And the point of this is? Don’t liberals works, or let me guess, you know their voting record. Their website says they are also a part of Cox Media Group, too.
      Yes, everyone is aware of your hatred toward Fox News (can’t imagine what it is like going through life hating a cable news channel that can’t affect your life in any way. Here’s an idea, don’t watch them, don’t comment on them and your life will be easier.) You’ve gotten the attention you wanted.

    • FaithColeridge33

      I wish you’d answer my abortion question.

    • Spiny Norman

      Show me how Fox News, the cable news channel, has anything to do with LOCAL affiliates. I’ll be patiently waiting.

      For example, while I don’t know about the SF affiliate (but it IS San Francisco after all), the LA Fox affiliate is every bit as liberal-leaning as the rest of the local LA news stations (pathetically so, as if they are trying to prove their “independence” from the nasty, mean, horrid Cable news channel), but that just doesn’t matter, does it, Joe?

    • Spiny Norman

      Show me how Fox News, the cable news channel, has anything to do with LOCAL affiliates. I’ll be patiently waiting.

      For example, while I don’t know about the SF affiliate (but it IS San Francisco after all), the LA Fox affiliate is every bit as liberal-leaning as the rest of the local LA news stations (pathetically so, as if they are trying to prove their “independence” from the nasty, mean, horrid Cable news channel), but that just doesn’t matter, does it, Joe?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Please adjust your sense of humor… Oh, WAIT! You Liberals DON’T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR! Never mind… #EHHHRRRPLANE! Jawamax 8<{D}

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Please adjust your sense of humor… Oh, WAIT! You Liberals DON’T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR! Never mind… #EHHHRRRPLANE! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • bo1921

    She was extra careful with Ho Lee Fuk’s name.

  • Jack Deth

    All names are worthy of Bart Simpson pranking Moe Szylack!

    Waiting for a “Red Shirt” version of this game.

  • $25327935

    OK, Oakland California. Hang your heads in shame. You are dumber than Florida.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    Aw. My Idiocracy reference disappeared into the Disqus ethersphere. I probably should have said, “Coming up after the news, an all-new episode of Ow! My Gonads!

  • fireandreamitchell

    Ho Lee Fuk! How could KTVU ‘confirm’ that these obvious Asian mocking names were the pilot/crew? Bang Ding Ow they are stupid.

    • Playtrombone64

      Notice how the news anchor pronounced the last name “FOOK”? The anchor was just as slow as the rest of the news crew that put that piece together.

  • FaithColeridge33

    I like Bang Ding Ow the best. It’s more subtle than the rest. Am I so wrong and so racist that I really laughed at these?

    • alanaforsyth

      People died and are severely injured, and you’re laughing at jokes about it? Shame on you.

      • Joe Durnavich

        I believe it is possible to both feel for those affected by the accident AND laugh at the elite news media.

      • FaithColeridge33

        Me so solly.

        • alanaforsyth

          Mocking Asians firmly marks you as a person of low intelligence.

      • yestradamous

        Nanny. Or ninny. I can’t decide which.

  • Sharps Rifle

    They probably got those names from MSLSD.

  • DefCon99

    Tasteless, but hilarious.

  • Canadian in USA

    Sigh: actual headline from New York Daily News:

    “San Francisco plane crash: TV station duped into giving racist, false names of pilots”

    • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

      This is New York—home of the tabloid wars—and that’s the best they can do? I’m expecting a laugh-out-loud headline when the Saturday paper hits the streets.

  • bbaker364

    they should be Fired For It .

  • bbaker364

    they should be Fired For It .

  • Big__Nate

    Leave it to CNN to get Punk’d. They’re such robots there. They don’t even “read the stories before they pass them” on to the editors. (Sound Familiar?)

    • The Official Andy ®

      CNN? Is KTVU a CNN affiliate? Not that I am in any way ever defending CNN but…

      • Big__Nate

        You are absolutely right! I was going to write something involving CNN; I was going way too fast and it just got left in there. My BaD.; dUH.

  • Big__Nate

    Leave it to CNN to get Punk’d. They’re such robots there. They don’t even “read the stories before they pass them” on to the editors. (Sound Familiar?)

  • Junie3

    That’s a career ender. lol

  • Junie3

    That’s a career ender. lol

  • DLG

    Where is the outrage??? Would this not be considered a racial slur?

    • 1SkepticalChick

      Gasp!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    I’m Ron Burgundy…stay classy, San Francisco! This is laugh-out loud funny and cringe-worthy at the same time, but a quick source-check would have revealed that this was a prank, unless it originated at the Cox-owned station’s offices (KTVU is owned by Cox Media, which is a family-owned company). Two of the pilots were named Lee Jeong-min and Lee Kang-kook, with the other two not having been named.

  • NickyTine

    By the way — what kind of lame, conditional “apology” is that from KTVU? “The names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them…” Wait a second. Isn’t this the whole point? WHO exactly confirmed the names? Did anybody on your staff even CALL the NTSB? Why are you still laying the blame for your screw-up at the feet of the NTSB? Does anyone seriously believe the NTSB would “confirm” anything remotely close to such obviously ridiculous joke names? You people aren’t apologizing at all! You got pranked, and you’re still getting on the air and putting on that somber “We Apologize for The Error” act…while still failing to take ownership of your mistake! Funny how no other major market news stations anywhere else in the United States “confirmed” these names with the NTSB, huh? Way to go, geniuses. I’d respect you if you’d at least get on the air and admit that someone played a prank on you, and someone at your station was too dumb to catch a sixth-grade level joke.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

      As a commenter on Awful Announcing said…you may be presuming a bit much.

      • NickyTine

        Since I posted my original comment yesterday, I’ve now seen the update about the NTSB intern. So to that extent I take back my accusation that no one called the NTSB. But I’m still calling “B.S.” on the TV station. No common sense whatsoever. I haven’t seen news anchors this dumb since Ron Burgundy read his infamous sign-off to all the San Diegoans….or is that Diego-ahns?

        • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

          I called BS on the TV station even before I heard the NTSB angle, because the pilots who were actually at the controls of the time have already been named.

  • greenLibertarian

    I remember a Stu Pidass newspaper punk on Leno long ago, but this one blows that away! Greatest news punk ever!

  • David Leflar

    And the NTSB confirmed it, huh? Wow…and hilarious!!!! How could you not think that was just all jacked up?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      …And the NTSB’s source? “The Daily Show”, Or “Onion News Network? Curious… #EHHHRRRPLANE! Jawamax 8<{D}

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      …And the NTSB’s source? “The Daily Show”, Or “Onion News Network? Curious… #EHHHRRRPLANE! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • David Leflar

    And the NTSB confirmed it, huh? Wow…and hilarious!!!! How could you not think that was just all jacked up?

  • Danny Wheeler

    I’m actually having gigglesnort fits reading this!

    • The Official Andy ®

      heh… you said “gigglesnort” heh heh!

  • Danny Wheeler

    I’m actually having gigglesnort fits reading this!

  • loara71

    If they had done this to a black person……………… WOW!

  • loara71

    If they had done this to a black person……………… WOW!

  • Shawn

    That was one of the best pieces of reporting I have seen in a long time..this could actually help out the MSM cause it is humor at its best.

  • Shawn

    That was one of the best pieces of reporting I have seen in a long time..this could actually help out the MSM cause it is humor at its best.

  • cscape

    “NTSB official confirmed the names”…… and they are “rocket scientists” compared to the IRS and HHS types who are going to be in charge of our HEALTH CARE

  • American_by_Choice

    And THERE YA HAVE IT!

    The Main Stream Media demonstrates their profound limitations, AGAIN!

  • truckee22

    Love it. Nothing funnier than seeing the smug, self important media ‘elite’ fall flat on their faces. Nothing but a bunch of pompous morons who think they are smarter than all the rest of us. But any third grader would have noticed that this was a joke.

  • ac287149

    The NTSB issued an apology. It’s a despicable and sick joke at the expense of some very dead and irreparably damaged people and their families. The creeps who work in this government disgust me!

    This is the type of person who works in the federal government offices like NSA, TSA, NTSB, IRS, DHS, DoJ, DoEd, etc.

  • HARP2

    What a load of crap.
    Everybody knows who`s on first.

  • j95lee

    “Main screen, turn on!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVsijmCFs50

  • des111168

    “but says an NTSB official confirmed them”

    But yeah, let’s put the government in charge of health care.

  • ahnacapri

    AND SHEAPOLOGIZED WITH ASTRAIGHT FACE. GO FIGYRE!

  • Republicanvet

    What? Are Hugh Jass and Harry Paritestees producers for this news show?

  • Republicanvet

    …with Heywood Jablomie on camera?

  • $3838536

    No surprise, really. About what you expect from NTSB & TV “reporters”. Totally clueless.

  • OldmanRick

    Love it. With the current world situation as it is, we need some humor. The heck with PC. It’s funny.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Fuk Hing media being lazy again. sum ting wong with their heads not to read this list before it went on the teleprompter & say “that’s not right”.

  • Suzyqpie

    Finding the author of this hoax and how it was successfully deployed, will also be very entertaining.

  • ac287149

    This shows depraved indifference on the part of whomever provided and validated the information. Would somebody please call it what it is: a despicable, racist joke from a sick morality, at the expense of some very dead and irreparably damaged people and their families. Don’t tell me about “intern”, “young”, and “don’t know any better”.

    No wonder we citizens are having so much trouble with abuse of power.
    My previous post was way too nice.

    • yestradamous

      Doesn’t mean it isn’t funny as hell that this got on the air! I’m still laughing.

      • ac287149

        I laughed at it, too, at first because the news media is so pompous and self-indulgent. Then, I thought about the little girl who was run over by the fire engine, and I couldn’t laugh any more.

  • Gregory Lowe

    Sounds like a Howard Stern prank!

  • The Official Andy ®

    I guess the staff at KTVU need to play some “Mad Gab” in their spare time, to hone their listening skills. Amateurs.

  • Frank Smiles

    This is racial and insulting, but no surprise from the folks in northern California that decided Nancy Pelosi was the smartest gal they could send to Congress. Very hurtful to the families of those hurt or killed.

    • Rachel

      YOUR POLITICAL CORRECTNESS OFFENDS ME AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED

      • Frank Smiles

        People died. Mocking the Asian community is disgusting. If you think this is ok, I think you are disgusting too

    • Joe Durnavich

      I can sympathize. As an American I was always offended by American-sounding author names like I.P. Nightly and Seymour Butts.

      • TexSizzle

        Rusty Stiel,I.P. Freeley, Ben Dover, Rocky Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes, Eileen Dover, Ima Hogg (the last one was actually the name of the daughter of former Texas Governor Jim Hogg – what kind of @$$#0le manes his child like that?).

        • Joe Durnavich

          Yeah, you see what I mean? Those names are all hurtful and insensitive to all Americans. Those and names like: Willie Makeit, Betty Don’t, Hugh Jass, Jim Nasium, I.M. Truleigh-Nutz, Isshur S. Tubigg, and Bill Jerome Home have no place in modern discourse.

      • Juan Motie

        Seymore had an uncle named Harry and an Aunt named Rosey … True story!

  • Steve in Katy

    All day I was thinking this had to be one of the Blue Collar Boys, or Tosh.O. Good Punk, summer intern! You’ve had me giggling all day long.

  • LegalizeShemp

    I heard there was a prostitute on board named Sum Yung Ho

  • LegalizeShemp

    Oh media clowns, could you page Mr. Kaholic, first name ” Al” ?

  • http://hillbillygeek.net hillbillygeek

    Too soon.

  • http://hillbillygeek.net hillbillygeek

    Too soon.

  • http://www.youtube.com/mexipol1 Edolicious

    Really? Didn’t anyone realize what was about to air? Sheez!

  • Todd Hill

    For all those who thing it should’ve been apparent to anyone that the names were false, I present my wife for rebuttal. She’s from the Philippines, and when I showed her the image of the screen grab showing the false names, she read them out phonetically as an Asiatic person would, and as such she didn’t see anything wrong with them! I was stunned!

    I actually had to go through and change the emphasis on syllables so she’d see that it was a joke. Once she heard how I pronounced it, she then understood the joke nature of the names and laughed so hard that she had trouble breathing.