San Francisco television station KTVU fell for an offensive joke on Friday.
The local station reported the names of the four pilots aboard the tragic Asiana Flight 214, with the news anchor reading the names off of the teleprompter without realizing that the names he read were, in fact, offensive racial epithets. In face, the anchor stated that the “names” had been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C.
Now, the station is apologizing for the obviously incorrect names, stating that “a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority” to confirm the names of the four pilots of the aircraft, according to MSNBC.
Since then, the NTSB confirmed that they have not released the names of the crew or any of the individuals involved in the fatal crash.
However, that hasn’t stopped the news clip from going viral, and anchor Tori Campbell soon apologized for the oversight.
“Earlier in the newscast, we gave some names of the pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash,” said Campbell. “These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for this error.”
Here’s the apology…