I know it’s bad form for a former columnist to take so much delight in a news outlet’s unimaginable incompetence and it’s even worse to take delight in stupid stereotypes, but this time I just can’t help myself.
You’ve probably already heard this story, but in case you haven’t, when a San Francisco news station covered the recent Asiana Airlines crash they reported the pilots’ names as:
- Captain Sum Ting Wong
- Wi Tu Lo
- Ho Lee Fuk, and
- Bang Ding Ow
Being a suspicious group, the newroom called the NTSB only to have a summer intern confirm those names as 100 percent accurate. He lost his non-paying job, of course, but what a way to go. When I saw the story on the Daily Show I laughed my ass off for 10 straight minutes.
Fuk’n c’mon folks. What competent news director in just half of his right mind would ever have the nerve to hand that sheet of paper to the on air talent and say “read it!” complete with background graphic! Then they have the nerve to wonder why the estimation of the media may well be right around our contempt for Congress.
And Bill Maher was even funnier when he said, “Now that we know the cause of that Asiana Airlines crash was the pilots flying too slowly, I don’t want to hear another word about me doing Asian driver jokes.”
Truth, my friends, is indeed, far stranger than fiction.