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Update: Asiana drops plans to sue Bay Area television station for fake pilot names

A KTVU news anchor read the fake names of the four Asiana pilots last week.
A KTVU news anchor read the fake names of the four Asiana pilots last week.
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Update July 17: Asiana Airlines has dropped plans to sue KTVU-TV in San Francisco over the use of racially offensive names.

Previously: Asiana Airlines says it's going to sue the Bay Area TV station that broadcasted fake and racially insensitive names for the four pilots involved in the plane crash that took place in San Francisco earlier this month. Asiana is planning to sue KTVU-TV for defamation. On Friday, a news anchor at the station read the bogus names that spelled out phrases like "Something Wrong" and "We Too Low."

KTVU  immediately apologized, but it would not say how it originally got the offensive names, but that they were confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB also issued an apology, saying that a summer intern had erroneously confirmed the fake names.

Does Asiana have a case? What can journalists do to prevent something like this from happening again?


Doris Truong, Vice President of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity

Adrianos Facchetti, defamation lawyer in Los Angeles and he runs the California Defamation Law Blog

Lisa Gritzner, President of Cerrell, a public relations firm in Los Angeles