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‘Sum Ting Wong’ ‘Wi Tu Lo’ ‘Ho Lee Fuk’ and ‘Bang Ding Ow’

Home - by - July 12, 2013 - 18:49 America/New_York - 56 Comments

I’m almost hesitant to post this, in fear I will find out that this is a hoax, this is how friggin beyond believable this is.

NOT the Onion.

HAT TIP/ K. PARK

KTVU commits the MOST embarrassing moment in television broadcast history – bar none.

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About 15 minutes later the station corrected its mistake, but claimed an NTSB official had confirmed the names.

Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for this error.

> More: Further apology from KTVU president & GM Tom Raponi: “We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologize, both in the newscast where the mistake occurred, as well as on our website and social media sites. Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.”

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» 56 Comments

  1. grayscape

    July 12th, 2013

    I heard this on Hugh Hewitt and haven’t been able to stop laughing.

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  2. grayscape

    July 12th, 2013

    This is EXACTLY what you would expect from an IOTW “Name the pilots” contest….

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  3. Ho Lee Fook

    July 12th, 2013

    Despite my name being misspelled on the TV graphic, the news anchor plonounced my name perfukry!

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  4. Sadie

    July 12th, 2013

    Ron Burgundy School of Journalism.

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  5. Holly Schitt

    July 12th, 2013

    Das Laycis!

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  6. AbigailAdams

    July 12th, 2013

    It sure confirms that these people are news “readers” not thinking journalists.

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  7. BigSlurpy

    July 12th, 2013

    If I were a Chinese millionaire I would change my name to Cha Ching.

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  8. Stranded in Sonoma

    July 12th, 2013

    KTVU is a Fox affiliate in SF. I used to watch them and did tune in to see some of the crash coverage. I cannot believe that the newsreader didn’t bother to question these names. What a putz!

    Steve Allen used to do this when he was an engineer on a radio station. He would take the official text of the commercial that the announcer was supposed to read, he’d alter a few lines, then dog ear the pages and do other stuff to the new sheet to make it look like it had been read dozens of times. He’s slip it into the commercial rotation. Then, at home, he’d set his alarm to give him a few minutes notice. He’d turn on his radio and listen to the schmuck announcer read what Allen had written.

    “You know folks, this is one of the finest products I’ve ever used. It has the professional feel of jamming your hand into a rotten kumquat. You just don’t get that personal satisfaction anywhere.”

    Then Allen would turn off his radio and laugh for hours. Oh, and he got fired from that job. It just took a while to find out who did it.

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  9. Goldenfoxx

    July 12th, 2013

    Actually the captains name should have been One Hung Lo.

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  10. the aardvark

    July 12th, 2013

    Now thats funny!

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  11. Billy Fuster

    July 12th, 2013

    Holy fook!

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  12. Lowell

    July 12th, 2013

    From above “…but claimed an NTSB official had confirmed the names.”

    If, and that is a huge if (more likely a bald lie) this happened, seems I have a kindred asshole in the NTSB that has the same derision and loathing for the media I do.

    Well done brother!

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  13. the aardvark

    July 12th, 2013

    I saw a Chinese shipping container on the back of a semi truck going up the Lewiston hill on US 95 on Wed. that said Dong Wang. I got a good laugh out of that.

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  14. the aardvark

    July 12th, 2013

    Are we all a bunch of 7 & 8 yr. old boys to laugh at the ridiculousness of these Oriental names? If so I’m in good company.

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  15. Aidan

    July 12th, 2013

    What? No IPee de Lee!

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  16. Soledad Rabinowitz

    July 12th, 2013

    You can bet your sweet azz I would have pronounced Ho Lee Fuck correctly. Creepy ass crackas!

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  17. Moe Tom

    July 12th, 2013

    From the Black Box: Alarming last minute utterances from the crew:

    Captain Sum Ting Wong: We tu Lo! We Tu Lo!

    2nd Captain We Tu Lo: Wong Won Way! Sum Ting Wong.

    !st Officer Ho Lee Fuk: Sum Ting Wong! We Tu Lo!

    2nd Officer Wong Wun Way: Ho Lee Fuk! We Tu Lo! Som Ting Wong!! Allo Tower, Allo Tower

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  18. @AmPowerBlog

    July 12th, 2013

     
  19. Jethro

    July 12th, 2013

    At my company’s Chinese factory the workers always want western nicknames, and they want the western managers to help them pick.
    This one guy was adamant he wanted his nickname to be “Tiger” because it is the king of the jungle, and gives the impression of being tough.
    The newly arrived manager from the US agreed that was a good name.
    He went back to the secretary and asked her to add that to the computer records. She said, “yes sir…Tiger Wang” as he walked into his office.
    I am not kidding!

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  20. Jethro

    July 12th, 2013

    Chinese Caller : Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan ?
    American Receiver : Yes, you can speak to me.

    Caller: No, I want to speak to Annie Wan!
    Receiver : You are talking to someone! Who is this?

    Caller: I’m Sum Wan. And I need to talk to Annie Wan! It’s urgent.

    Receiver : I know u are someone and u want to talk to anyone! But what’s this urgent matter about?

    Caller: Well just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother, Noe Wan was involved in an accident. Noe Wan got injured and now Noe Wan is being sent to the hospital. Right now, Avery Wan is on his way to the hospital.

    Receiver : Look, if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital from the accident that isn’t an urgent matter! You may find this hilarious but I don’t have time for this!

    Caller: You are so rude! Who are you?
    Receiver : I’m Saw Lee.

    Caller: Yes! You should be! Now give me your name!!

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  21. Dude

    July 12th, 2013

     
  22. Jethro

    July 12th, 2013

    English to Chinese conversion

    That’s not right….Sum Ting Wong
    Are you harbouring a fugitive?….Hu Yu Hai Ding?
    See me asap….Kum Hia Nao
    Stupid man….Dum Gai
    Small horse….Tai Ni Po Ni
    It’s very dark in here….Wai So Dim?
    I thought you were on a diet….Wai Yu Mun Ching?
    This is a tow-away zone….No Pah King
    Our meeting is scheduled for next week……Wai Yu Kum Nao?
    Staying out of sight….Lei Ying Lo
    He’s cleaning his automobile….Wa Shing Ka
    Your body odour is offensive….Yu Stin Ki Pu
    Did you go to the beach?….Wai Yu So Tan?
    I bumped into a coffee table….Ai Bang Mai Ni
    I think you need a face lift….Chin Tu Fat

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  23. Uncle Al

    July 12th, 2013

    @Lowell – I hope you’re right about the NTSB official. I also hope we’ll hear an announcement that the NTSB official’s name is Gacha Genron Dai.

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  24. Dr. Tar

    July 12th, 2013

    Who ever pulled off that prank deserves an Emmy. So funny it hurts.

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  25. I M Simpleton

    July 12th, 2013

    The TV station just heard from the airlines lawyer Wi Soo Yoo

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  26. Millertime

    July 12th, 2013

    Prank the newsreaders is fun. Someone got a prize winner with that one.

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  27. Lowell

    July 12th, 2013

    You guys know there had to be AT LEAST a half dozen people saw this shit before it aired. Even is a one horse TV operation. And not ONE caught it.

    Or just perhaps, someone did. But actually wanted these talking heads to expose themselves as the complete idiots they actually are.

    Next time you want facts from TV news, remember this.

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  28. RosalindJ

    July 12th, 2013

    I think they’re trained to never deviate or speak extemporaneously.

    They’re not journalists, and millions now realize that pretty much all they do is recite straight off the prompter.

    Which is delicious. It had me rolling too.

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  29. General P. Malaise

    July 12th, 2013

    you are all going to HELL. no matter how funny.

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  30. scr_north

    July 12th, 2013

    I kind of feel sorry for the newsreader especially since I suspect that this is one of those things that is just shoved in front of them to read without having a chance to proof it. Really, what’s she supposed to do after reading the first or second name and the brain catches up and she realizes that she’s in the crapper. She just has to FIDO it (Fuck It, Drive On).

    What I’d like to know s how they got into the system in the first place and what the station plans to do about it.

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  31. Dude

    July 12th, 2013

    Mike Hunt to the white courtesy phone

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  32. Lowell

    July 12th, 2013

    She also Identified these people as all being “pilots”. Four of them, on one plane. How many fucking seats does that 777 have up front?

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  33. Brian in BC

    July 12th, 2013

    Just ran it by a reporter friend of mine…multiple people would have had to have missed this…either idiots all or a prank gone awry. I love the graphic on the screen…that the person typing in didn’t raise any questions really proves that the lights are on but no one is home in the MSM.

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  34. Dude

    July 12th, 2013

    That’s what I thought too. 4 pilots?
    And nobody thought the plane was low?
    Flying is safe
    Taking off and landing,that’s the sticky part.

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  35. Brian in BC

    July 12th, 2013

    @Lowell, depending on the length of the flight, it is not unusual to have 2 flight crews onboard. 4 pilots would not be amiss on a 777 from Asia.

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  36. Dude

    July 12th, 2013

    Must be a huge Flight deck.
    The biggest plane I’ve flown is a twin engine. I suppose there could have been 4 pilots. But 2 were probably just waking up.
    I want the pilot who can land on water. Somebody with 10,000+ hours.
    Not a student.

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  37. Kairn

    July 12th, 2013

    I saw this just as my husband was arriving home from work. He could hear my laughter as he pulled in to the garage. I could not stop laughing. This was sublime mirthfulness in all its non political correctness. I love it, I love it.

    And then Jethro got me to laughing hysterically all over again with his English to Chinese translation.

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  38. jim

    July 12th, 2013

    Woman who fly plane upside down have crack-up.

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  39. F.D.R. in Hell

    July 12th, 2013

    Claude Bahls says it’s racist to make fun of someone’s name if he’s a Chinaman.

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  40. Chief

    July 12th, 2013

    Air Force One needs a Korean air crew.

    Stat.

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  41. Chief

    July 12th, 2013

    Peliphelal vision ain’t exactly their strong suit.

    And anybody who’s ever merged onto the freeway behind any variety of slope or zipperhead will tell ya that they have no fucking conception of “airspeed”.

    Even in a Kia.

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  42. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    July 12th, 2013

    OK I laughed at it, but it was pretty pathetic.
    And I agree with Abigail.

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  43. Eleanor in Hell

    July 12th, 2013

    Franklin, you’ve been listening to Howard Stern on Lucifer’s XM Radio, haven’t you?
    You know how pissed Old Scratch gets when you change the channel from Siriously Sinatra.
    :eek:

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  44. F.D.R. in Hell

    July 12th, 2013

    Babs, if Elvis can switch the satellite receiver to his own channel, I can certainly listen to Bababooey, can’t I?

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  45. Eleanor in Hell

    July 12th, 2013

    Some people get Rick Rolled; that news anchor got Egg Rolled.

    :-)

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  46. Stranded in Sonoma

    July 12th, 2013

    I would like to know if any employee in the KTVU newsroom was either laid-off of quit. Payback’s a bitch!

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  47. CharlieWalksonWater

    July 12th, 2013

    Someone, somewhere won a HUGE bet.

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  48. CharlieWalksonWater

    July 12th, 2013

    Rons sister, Rhonda Burgundy, just got fired from KTVU

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  49. Bad Brad

    July 13th, 2013

    I was behind that women at the local fast food Chinese place the other day. She ordered Kung Pow Meow.

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  50. F.D.R. in Hell

    July 13th, 2013

    Ugg Lee Too

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  51. Stirrin the Cracker Pot

    July 13th, 2013

    This just in: Some smart-ass intern at NTSB snookered the news station. I love it! That had to be worth a career change.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/13/us-usa-crash-names-idUSBRE96C02220130713

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  52. joe

    July 13th, 2013

    That made me laugh so hard it hurt.

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  53. Corny

    July 13th, 2013

    Best ROTFLOL in years!

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  54. Lyin' Hawaiian

    July 13th, 2013

    Was that Fright 214?

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  55. Lyin' Hawaiian

    July 13th, 2013

    Sum Ting Wong sure could fry. Just couldn’t land.

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  56. Anon

    July 17th, 2013

    Clearly there is no racism in America. Makes me proud to be an American.

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