KTVU Reports Racist Joke As News, Funny or Offensive?

Who doesn’t like a good joke? They say that laughter is the best medicine, but at what point does the joke go too far? What topics are off limits? By now I’m sure we have all heard about the Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco, killed two people and injured several others. Nothing funny about a tragic plane crash.

Now here is where the joke happens. According to The Huffington Post, California news station and Fox affiliate, KTVU reportedly obtained four names of the pilots of that flight and claimed that they had been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board…only the names were obviously fake. No one filled the reporter in on the joke and she read the names as if they were real. She read the names “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow,” as exclusive news.

KTVU quickly issued an apology and an explanation for the incident, but the video has gone viral. “Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside of the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft. Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated,” the NTSB said.

That intern is probably now shopping around his resume in hopes of landing a new gig. Asiana Airlines has confirmed that it intends to sue KYVU for the racist joke, but do you think it’s that serious?  Do you think this was funny? Was it too soon, considering the newness of the incident or can we not take a joke anymore?

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