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Asiana Airlines to Sue Politically Incorrect TV Station for Slander

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2013 at 4:29PM

Video from an unfortunate--and for many, risible--Oakland TV station KTVU-TV report has been circulating online since it aired Friday, surpassing 7 million views within three days of being uploaded on YouTube. It shows a straight-faced newscaster reading the supposed names, listed on-screen, of the pilots on board the ill-fated Asiana Flight 214 earlier this month. Clearly, the names were not only made up, but racially offensive. The news station quickly realized its mistake and apologized after the commercial break. Now Asiana Airlines plans to sue the station for slander.
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Video from an unfortunate--and for many, risible--Oakland TV station KTVU-TV report has been circulating online since it aired Friday, surpassing 7 million views within three days of being uploaded on YouTube. It shows a straight-faced newscaster reading the supposed names, listed on-screen, of the pilots on board the ill-fated Asiana Flight 214 earlier this month. Clearly, the names were not only made up, but racially offensive. The news station quickly realized its mistake and apologized after the commercial break. Now Asiana Airlines plans to sue the station for slander.  

An intern at The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed the crew names to the station, reported the AP, but where the names came from is unclear. 


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.