NTSB Blames Intern for Confirming Offensive Fake Names of Asiana Flight 214 Pilots

Blogging this so I can find it when I teach my “News Writing” class this fall.

People do like to prank journalists with fake names. In this case, the reporter did what you’re supposed to do — get confirmation — but sheesh.

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KTVU reports fake racist names of Asiana Airlines 214 pilots from NTSB intern — MSNBC.

The National Transportation and Safety Board later released a statement saying that “a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names“.