SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— After KTVU-TV aired a report Friday that used bogus and offensive names for four pilots linked to the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at San Francisco International, many people’s first reaction is, ‘how can something like this happen?’
Well trust me, there’s nothing tougher than trying to get information out of a media outlet when something goes wrong – they really shut down.
Monday we got word that Asiana Airlines plans to sue KTVU Channel 2 the fake names story.
This is a nightmare for any news organization. Credibility, sensitivity, issues of what goes on in the newsroom when outlets are preparing the news is now in the public’s mindset.
There’s a couple of scenarios I’d like to run by. The first being that a joke or hoax email came in to the network identifying the pilots and that it was handed off to someone at KTVU to confirm those names with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).