Worst Summer Intern Screw-Up Ever?

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Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie." This one's hilarous

This is one for the books. In what has to be an attempt at epic trolling (or a bid for a job on the Howard Stern Show), a summer intern at the NTSB is behind the imbroglio at KTVU after the station erroneously identified the Chinese pilots of doomed Asiana flight 214 as Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow. You can't make this stuff up.

Now I certainly don't want to make light of a tragedy, but c'mon. Who's minding the store over at KTVU? I mean, this is some straight up Ron Burgundy shit right here. It really makes you wonder whether the news anchors really are just automatons who will read anything that crosses the teleprompter.

The station published an almost immediate apology (the same anchor who originally read it apologized moments later and threw the NTSB under the bus). For their part, the NTSB released a statement saying, "Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft."

So, is this the worst screw-up in summer intern history? Or is this kid just an epic troll? I'm pretty sure he or she won't be getting a full time offer.

Successful troll is successful.

Comments (29)

Jul 15, 2013

The intern decided it's better to burn out than to fade away.. Too soon?

Jul 15, 2013

Hilarious

"I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."

Jul 15, 2013

This is great

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

Jul 15, 2013

not meaning to make light of the tragedy but i watched the video 5 times...

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Jul 15, 2013

Asiana Airlines is apparently suing both the NTSB and the TV station...apparentlty they did not appreciate the trolling.

Jul 15, 2013

epic troll, i was in disbelief when i saw this, i can't believe she actually reads those names out loud without noticing...

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Jul 15, 2013

Someone just got hired at the Onion.

PE is the new black.

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Jul 15, 2013
Dhanam:

Asiana Airlines is apparently suing both the NTSV and the TV station...apparentlty they did not appreciate the trolling.

And for that purpose they have already retained renowned Bay Area attorney Wi Sui Yu. In all fairness there is clearly Sum Ting Wong with the fact checking process at the TV station. You can't just blame such a massive live TV blunder all on Sum Yum Gai.

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Jul 15, 2013

Ho Lee Fuk that's funny.

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Jul 15, 2013

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Jul 15, 2013

Great footage!

Jul 15, 2013

LOL!

Epic Intern troll... he deserves some credit, that took balls. I love how the anchor said all the names as calm as ever.

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Jul 15, 2013

Definitely a troll. Funny as fuck

Jul 15, 2013

Ho Lee Cow that was funny.

Jul 15, 2013

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Jul 15, 2013

Reminds me of this

Jul 15, 2013

Future Employer of Intern: "So you're the intern that trolled the nation with fake names of the Asiana pilots?"

Intern: "Ya, it was an immature move. I realize how grave a mistake it was and that was wrong on many levels. I assure you I am a completely different person now."

Future Employer: "You got balls kid, and I admire that. Not only will I give you the job, but I'll fast track you for promotion. Our company needs people like you."

Jul 15, 2013
droking7:

Future Employer of Intern: "So you're the intern that trolled the nation with fake names of the Asiana pilots?"

Intern: "Ya, it was an immature move. I realize how grave a mistake it was and that was wrong on many levels. I assure you I am a completely different person now."

Future Employer: "You got balls kid, and I admire that. Not only will I give you the job, but I'll fast track you for promotion. Our company needs people like you."

Tosh.0 should hire the intern as their new writer ASAP. This is exactly the brand of low-blow shock jock humor that appeals to their loyal frat boy viewer base, except this prank is funnier and more clever than 99% of the stuff Tosh has put on the air over the years.

Jul 16, 2013

That was a kind of random jump to Tosh especially considering that's not even remotely their type of humor. Let me guess, you were the guy in the video getting violated with the dildo and have a personal vendetta against the show.

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Jul 15, 2013

This is so fucking epic. That kid need to work in entertainment.

Jul 15, 2013

am I the only one find this joke very insensitive? It is too soon. I might find it funny in a few months but there was a girl just passed away in the hospital this past week. This is the last thing people in grief need.

Jul 15, 2013
droking7:

Future Employer: "You got balls kid, and I admire that. Not only will I give you the job, but I'll fast track you for promotion. Our company needs people like you."

reminds me a little of how george costanza got his job with the yankees, or peter gibbons his promotion in office space

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Jul 15, 2013

So Asiana airlines is now suing KTVU... I would guess the intern ain't getting a FT offer

Jul 15, 2013

This made my year.

Jul 15, 2013
droking7:

Future Employer of Intern: "So you're the intern that trolled the nation with fake names of the Asiana pilots?"

Intern: "Ya, it was an immature move. I realize how grave a mistake it was and that was wrong on many levels. I assure you I am a completely different person now."

Future Employer: "You got balls kid, and I admire that. Not only will I give you the job, but I'll fast track you for promotion. Our company needs people like you."

Jul 16, 2013

Forwarded this to my mom..ftw

Jul 16, 2013

that is some epic stupidity on the station. sad that someone would make light of a tragic accident like this one. if there were no casualty it would be very appropriate, but this is just low.

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