Sum Ting Wong?
July 24, 2013 by John Myers
In the wake of the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, San Francisco TV station KTVU erroneously reported the names of the pilots:
I was watching golf on Saturday, July 6, when I started channel surfing and went to CNN. I saw Asiana Airlines Flight 214 burning after an attempted landing in San Francisco. We learned pretty quickly that two of the passengers were dead. In the days since, we have learned that another passenger died. Scores remain in serious condition.
The four pilots are being treated for psychological trauma caused by the accident.
No doubt, they feel guilty. Reports are surfacing that the pilots were incompetent and approached the runway too low and too slowly, causing the tail section to strike the sea bed wall before the runway.
Bloomberg reported last week that the four pilots “lacked manual flying skills.” That is like a heart surgeon with the shakes.
The financial cost to the National Transportation Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the San Francisco International Airport will be millions of dollars.
The victims in this crash are not just the passengers and their families. Asiana claimed harm had been done to them and their pilots because of racist remarks by KTVU, for which the TV station immediately apologized and accepted blame.
For a week, Asiana Airlines was taking the spotlight off their bad pilots, who killed and maimed passengers. They were putting the focus of the crash on KTVU. Cable news outlets like CNN and MSNBC were happy to cover that story, rather than the crash itself and the incompetence of the pilots.
Asiana announced that it was suing KTVU because of a broadcast that used bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on the plane.
An intern at the NTSB confirmed the names to KTVU, whose producers broadcast them without thinking.
I first read the names on the CNN ticker. The scrolling words read: “San Francisco TV station apologizes for its mistake in naming flight crew 214 as Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow.”
I didn’t even understand what I was reading until I saw the third name roll by. I started laughing — not because I am a racist, but because the people at the TV station who ran those names are idiots who should not have jobs in broadcasting. I also laughed at the names because, as my wife maintains, I still have a sophomoric sense of humor. (My wife calls it childish.)
According to MSNBC, I am supposed to feel guilty that I laughed. Clearly, I am a racist. It is Asiana — not the people killed and maimed — that should feel righteous indignation.
Doesn’t anyone have a sense of humor anymore?
If you ever saw the 1979 Monty Python movie “Life of Brian,” you will get my point. Monty Python makes fun of everyone, especially the Romans. Names for Roman leaders occupying the Holy Land are: “Naughtius Maximus” and “Biggus Dickus,” whose wife is “Incontinentia Buttocks.”
It’s a good thing the Romans are gone. If not, they would be certain to have sued Monty Python and George Harrison, who financed the movie. And they would be getting plenty of support from CNN and MSNBC. And President Barack Obama might even give a news conference like he did last Friday and say he is outraged, that just as he could be Trayvon Martin he could also be Biggus Dickus.
Mission accomplished for Asiana. For a week, that story was in the news — not the crash. (Also in the news that week was the story about how those six female jurors — five creepy-ass crackers and a Hispanic — conspired to give George Zimmerman a not guilty verdict despite the fact the media and the liberals were convinced Zimmerman cold-bloodedly executed that sweet innocent “child,” Trayvon Martin.)
Last Wednesday, Asiana announced that a lawsuit against KTVU will not be pursued. The reason is probably that its legal team is going to be too busy defending the airline against wrongful death and injury lawsuits.
The first lawsuit has already been launched. Plaintiff attorney Michael Verna said: “The conduct of Asiana’s flight crew was egregiously reckless and negligent. These pilots were unable to do the most basic task — land on a runway in the middle of a clear day with no wind.”
That is really the something wrong.
North Dakota Reporter Is Outraged Over A Mistake I Made
Last week, I got a phone call from a reporter from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in North Dakota. I called back, thinking the paper might want a quote from me on the oil industry. I was wrong.
Instead, the reporter told me the attorney general of North Dakota had come across an old newsletter of mine about oil opportunities in North Dakota. Embedded in the article was a photograph of Mount Rushmore.
Reporter TJ Jerke got straight to it. Did I not know my basic geography? Did I not know that Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota, not in North Dakota? Jerke wanted to know these facts because his newspaper was considering running a story on my mistake.
I told Jerke that I don’t put the printed page together, that my editor does that and that he either didn’t know his geography or perhaps he did and just wanted to put a recognizable photo that subscribers would associate with the Dakotas.
You might have thought that would be the end of it. But, no, there was no stopping this newshound.
“Didn’t I have to sign off on that page after it was designed?” he asked. I said that sometimes I am out of town, so not always.
“Is that any kind of way to run a publication?” he asked.
I had heard enough.
I asked how old he was. He told me 23. I told him how the world worked when I was 23, that newspapers didn’t act as PR firms for the government. I told him that back then we did stories on the politicians themselves. I also told him that he should get off his behind and do some investigative reporting, that government would be a good place to start.
Maybe that young man will grow to be a good reporter. Then again, he may already be fast-tracked toward a great career. In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, it seems many people in the media work at the behest of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
It seems to me that these days, there really is something wrong.
Yours in good times and bad,