It may be offensive and prove that the speaker is an ignorant idiot, but it is not illegal. As i said, often the prejudice is in our own minds. And, yes, it was absolutely ridiculous that it made it on the air.
But in their defense, it looks like the guy gathering the news did attempt to get a second source for the story. I am not sure where you got this information, but it is incorrect. Ya, it wasnt really racist, but it was very rude, since people, tho not the pilots, died.
Im inclined to think somebody found it funny to link funny asian-like names with the asiana incident just for the lulz. Fox affiliate here in the bay area of california last week what it apparently believed were the names of the four pilots on the asiana air plane that crashed on landing at san franciso airport a week ago. I find it innocuous (and particularly funny on the second part).
I think the part that was offensive to many was that they used fake chinese names to identify fake south korean pilots. This also undermines asianas case against them- its almost like suing based on the credibility of a story run on the onion. This, is unfortunately, where your reading comprehension seems to have fallen short.
Either way, the end result was pretty clear ktvu (and, to some extent, the ntsb) were quickly mocked widely online. The ntsb intern, being brighter than a typical newsroom intern (and much brighter than an on-air personality) heard the names, assumed they were being punked, suppressed a snicker, and confirmed in the most formal language they could muster. From a pr perspective, asiana might be doing a good job for themselves here.
You can (and should) blame the intern for responding yes when asked this question, but he did not make up these names - he was probably more incompetant than nefarious. Even more with the news outfit falling for it that easily. I think it is pretty clear which one would be received as an offense. You could maybe see one of them getting through, but all four? And its not like this is in an area without a large asian population. I would not be surprised if this joke was intended to offend asiana air, in which case, it succeeded.
If you havent seen the video of the newscaster reading out those names, its really quite incredible as you might imagine, ktvu quickly apologized, blaming the national transportation safety board (ntsb) who it insisted had confirmed the names. Seriously, it was the intern? Im sure some employee thought he was being punked and when the shit hit the fan, they blame some mythical intern. But in their defense, it looks like the guy gathering the news did attempt to get a second source for the story. Do you know why the palms and the sole of the black people are white? Because god had them stay on all fours to paint them. Asiana is going to have one hell of a time proving any damage to the airlines reputation from.
Ya, it wasnt really racist, but it was very rude, since people, tho not the pilots, died. As you note, this tv station is a fox affiliate- so does this actually harm their credibility? Typically when they have a story with only four wrong items it would be a cause for celebration. This also undermines asianas case against them- its almost like suing based on the credibility of a story run on the onion. Start here which has a list of many slurs including ones that asians use for non asians reminding everybody that one can go for ethnic jokes without being racist or having any sort of prejudice. I understand what you are saying and the ones that lost someone dear may find the joke tasteless in their grief.
Irish homosexuals? Henry fitzpatrick and patrick fitzhenry? The news station should be skewered by its audience for this, and i wonder why the government has interns speaking to the media on its behalf. The ntsb intern, being brighter than a typical newsroom intern (and much brighter than an on-air personality) heard the names, assumed they were being punked, suppressed a snicker, and confirmed in the most formal language they could muster. The damage was to ktvus credibility (not to mention the credibility of whoever hires summer interns at the ntsb). At the very least, it was made at the expense of asiana air, so its unsurprising they offended. Well lets see, you are telling me this all was merely a joke by the ntsb intern correct? How could it not be done on purpose if those joke names were sent to ktvu. You can (and should) blame the intern for responding yes when asked this question, but he did not make up these names - he was probably more incompetant than nefarious he was given those names by his superiors as the fact check. Maybe if we left them in the past and laughed about each other the world would be a better place. Ktvu and the ntsb should be in deep trouble over this. It lets asiana be the victim of racist remarks instead of the company that is responsible for the crash. As noted in the article, the intern simply confirmed the names, someone at ktvu asked him if the captains name was sum ting wong - they did not ask him what the captains name was.The fake Asiana Airlines pilot names that ... At least 4 KTVU staffers saw prank pilot names before ... The Boeing 777 airplane crash landed at San ...