Stephen Colbert Rips KTVU for Misreporting on the Asiana Pilots: VIDEO


Stephen Colbert returned from vacation yesterday and took San Francisco news station KTVU to task for its misreporting the names of Asiana pilots involved in the crash over the 4th of July weekend.


Feed This post's comment feed


  1. Brilliant!!

    Posted by: Edd | Jul 16, 2013 2:29:56 PM

  2. He didn't really rip KTVU so much as participate in extending the joke.

    Posted by: Hugh | Jul 16, 2013 2:31:32 PM

  3. I choked on my lunch I was laughing so much. How did they let that on the news?

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 16, 2013 2:37:24 PM

  4. Three cheers for the return of Munchma, my favorite Colbert character.

    Her original appearance:

    Posted by: melvin | Jul 16, 2013 2:40:34 PM

  5. Let's see how this works!

    Running the Boston marathon is like running with the bulls, except there's no bulls and you have no legs. amirite?

    See??!! When there's dead people involved it's not very funny to make jokes about it, is it?

    Shame on who ever started the rumors about the pilot's names.

    Posted by: Bob Latino | Jul 16, 2013 3:00:35 PM

  6. No, that joke just isn't clever.

    Capt. Sum Ting Wong is.

    Posted by: ripper | Jul 16, 2013 3:30:12 PM

  7. Was Colbert really any better for perpetuating the joke? Or was it okay b/c he acknowledged beforehand that the accident was horrific and people died, but continued on with the joke anyway, with a 'ching-chong' accent to boot.

    Or is casual racism only okay if there's no organization to complain?

    Posted by: Hugh | Jul 16, 2013 3:47:15 PM

  8. Colbert hosts a comedy show. KTVU is a news station. Colbert's joke is to point out that any fifth grader would recognize those as made-up names: for a news editor or a producer to NOT recognize those obviously phony names is evidence of a job poorly done.

    Posted by: plinx | Jul 16, 2013 3:58:05 PM

  9. Well, I'm glad to know that my local ABC station isn't the only one that falls for such obviously fake names...

    (for those wondering -- at least one of the two of those anchors are gay, as is John Garlock, another of KTVO's anchors).

    Posted by: MikeKV | Jul 16, 2013 4:06:30 PM

  10. Colbert can make me laugh to tears.

    And he did make a point for comedy professionals: When you make an ethnic joke get the ethnicity right, or you'll just look stupid.

    And Steven is probably the only one who could push it that far, right to the brink, and look over the edge. I'll bet there's plenty of other comedians just biting their tongues.

    Posted by: I laughed, I'm sorry | Jul 16, 2013 4:11:02 PM

  11. @Dave: they let it on the news because the TV station called the NTSB and got connected to an unpaid summer intern, who apparently "exceeded his authority" (which was close to zero) and said the names were correct. The unpaid summer intern is probably now an unpaid summer beach bum.

    To tell the names are off, you have to hear it pronounced or imagine how it sounds. They probably were checking the facts about the crash (time, location, number of fatalities, what hit first, etc.). If they emailed the names, they would probably have cut and pasted them. It might have been caught if they read the names over the phone.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 16, 2013 6:34:04 PM

  12. Colbert aside, the real story is the rock bottom, airhead, entertainment value driven disaster known as local broadcast news. It's in every U.S. market and what's more the network owned locals are worse than the affiliates.

    This situation creates Ken Doll and Barbie doll airheads reading the news, mixed with just the right number of "ethnics" as anchors all of whom couldn't pass a basic knowledge test. But to quote Ed Asner playing Lou Grant: "You're sure PERKY" and that's all that counts. Can't blame this one on redneck Middle America because they have zero input at networks except as human curiosities to be gawked at on "reality" shows. But those Hollywood network types, guilty for sure. Watch PBS.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Jul 16, 2013 6:36:52 PM

Post a comment


« «Pet Shop Boys, Stuart Price Go Behind-the-Scenes on the Making of the New Album 'Electric': VIDEO« «