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NTSB blames intern for KTVU Asiana flight 214 pilot confirmation

KTVU pilots

Bay Area TV station KTVU had a royal screwup on Friday when it erroneously reported the names of the pilots responsible for the crash of Asiana flight 214 last weekend. The news segment played out like an episode of “The Simpsons” where Bart prank calls the local bar asking for names like Seymour Butts or Amanda Hugandkiss. The news anchor called the pilots by clearly fake names and didn’t even realize it. Seriously, these were the names:

- Sum Ting Wong
- Wi Tu Lo
- Ho Lee Fuk
- Bang Ding Ow

Somehow nobody picked up that they had been fooled. What’s worse is that KTVU said in its apology that they actually did some legwork to confirm the names of the pilots, and that the National Transportation Safety Board actually confirmed those names!

[Video: KTVU screws up names of Asiana flight pilots]

Well, the NTSB wasn’t about to let themselves look like the biggest idiots in the world, so they did what any reasonable company would do — they blamed the screwup on the intern!

Here’s a statement issued by the NTSB on the matter:

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KTVU reports Asiana pilots as Sum Ting Wong, Bang Ding Ow (Video)

Bay Area news outlet KTVU made an epic blunder when it reported the names of the pilots of Asiana flight 214 that made a crash landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, leaving two dead and 168 people injured. The mistake was so bad and embarrassing, it really makes you wonder how nobody figured out they were being pranked.

A KTVU anchor reported the names of the pilots for Asiana flight 214 as:

- Sum Ting Wong

- Wi Tu Lo

- Ho Lee Fuk

- Bang Ding Ow

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NBC affiliate KXAN runs promo, misses Blackhawks’ winning OT goal (Video)

NBC KXANFans in Austin, Texas, watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on their local NBC affiliate buckled up for 70 awesome minutes of high-scoring hockey between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, their local station, KXAN, ran a poorly-timed promo during the middle of sudden-death overtime, right as Brent Seabrook scored the winning goal for Chicago, preventing viewers from seeing the suspenseful payoff.

Adding insult to injury, after missing the winning goal in OT, KXAN ran a story about the popularity of hockey increasing in Austin. They later apologized to viewers for the mistake.

If those of you in Austin (or elsewhere) would like to see Seabrook’s winning goal, you can watch it below:

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Bud Selig repeatedly calls 2013 MLB Draft ’2000′ draft (Video)

Bud Selig draftOld habits die hard. At least they do for Bud Selig.

The MLB commissioner announced three of the first eight picks of the 2013 first-year player draft as the “2000″ draft. He even called it the 2000 first-year player draft for the first overall pick, which he had all year to rehearse.

“With the first selection of the 2000 first-year player draft, the Houston Astros select Mark Appel.”

Selig also repeated the mistake at No. 6 when he announced the Miami Marlins selected Colin Moran, and at No. 8 when the Kansas City Royals selected Hunter Dozier. And not on video — he did it when announcing the St. Louis Cardinals’ pick at No. 19.

Maybe Selig just had one of those mindblocks. As someone who has been on air before, I know how that can happen. Still, this was pretty funny.

Bryce Hunter? Can you spot all the errors in this brutal MLB graphic

Bryce Hunter graphic

In the realm of broadcasting graphic fails, this one comes out on top.

This graphic was shown during the middle of the Kansas City Royals telecast on Thursday, and it is full of an absurd amount of errors.

The question: “Which young player would you like to start a franchise with?” is posed to viewers. Putting aside that they end their question with a preposition, it’s embarrassing how badly they bungled this image.

Let’s list all the mistakes.

1) Bryce Harper is erroneously called “Bryce Hunter”
2) Harper is shown as a Detroit Tigers player, not a Washington National
3) Matt Harvey is erroneously called “Matt Jones”
4) Harvey pitches for the New York Mets, not the Baltimore Orioles
5) Manny Machado plays for the Baltimore Orioles, not the Chicago White Sox
6) Mike Trout plays for the Angels, not the New York Yankees

If we missed any other errors in the graphic, please let us know. There has to be more.

Image via Mock Session

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee calls Stephen Curry ‘Steve Curry’ (Video)

Mayor LeeThe city of San Francisco celebrated the Golden State Warriors with “Golden State Warriors Day” on Tuesday, and they handed star player Stephen Curry a key to the city. The event was a nice tribute to the team after its successful season.

There was only one problem: mayor Ed Lee made a blunder when he misspoke and called Curry “Steve” instead of “Steph.”

“You know what they say: You give Steve Curry an inch, and he might take a Golden State a mile!” Lee said during his speech. “Just 25 years old, he has made it on Sports Illustrated. Cover. The first time a Warriors player has made that cover for his skill, for his talent, since 1980.”

Wearing a blue blazer and yellow tie to represent the team’s colors, Lee seemed in tune with the Warriors. Earlier in the rally, he recognized Curry for setting the record for most 3-pointers made in a season. He did butcher the name of rookie Festus Ezeli, but that’s a tough one. Lee got Curry’s name right both before and after the slip-up, so we won’t be too hard on him. At least he wasn’t nearly as bad as this politician when it came to butchering names. The scary thought is he now also has something in common with Metta World Peace.

H/T D Wizzle’s World via Deadspin

Great moments in closed captioning mistakes: the Chicago Black Cocks

Black Cocks caption

One closed caption employee may have had too many dirty thoughts on the mind Saturday.

During the Chicago Cubs-New York Mets game Saturday, the announcers must have been talking about the Chicago Blackhawks hosting a playoff hockey game at the same time that the Cubs were hosting a baseball game, resulting in the closed captioning error seen above.

My guess is the Black Cocks scored more than the Blackhawks, who lost 4-1 to the Red Wings.

See our other great moments in closed captioning.

Via Deadspin