July 12, 2013

12 year old reporters

I've been giggling about this all day, wondering how it could have happened.


Now it comes out that the source was a 12 year old boy. The station didn't bother checking the information -- and got what they deserved. I imagine that boy is going to be legendary at his school next week, assuming he isn't grounded by his parents.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 08:25 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 This is amazing. The station have apologized etc etc.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 12, 2013 08:26 PM (RqRa5)

2 Did you see the NTSB press release? Some "boy" it turned out to be.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 12, 2013 08:32 PM (RqRa5)

3 This is one of those that should have been caught.   Apparently no one actually read it...

Posted by: sqa at July 12, 2013 08:41 PM (ehYGU)

4 I get the 1st and the 3rd ones but not the 2nd and 4th.

Posted by: Jaked at July 13, 2013 12:27 AM (LRGLS)

5 "We too low" and the last one is sound effects for the crash.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 13, 2013 03:38 AM (+rSRq)

6 Oh.... Ooooohhh... (Thanks, Steven)

Posted by: Jaked at July 13, 2013 02:09 PM (LRGLS)

7 This story was followed by many viewers calling the station for Fuk's brother, Wat Ti.

Posted by: ubu at July 15, 2013 07:33 AM (GfCSm)

8  The airline is suing the TV station for libel.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 15, 2013 08:36 AM (+rSRq)

9 Good luck with that, given US libel laws.
Now if they could be sued for stupidity, for not realizing at some point before the news reader said the names out loud, they'd probably have some kind of case.

Posted by: RickC at July 15, 2013 09:11 AM (WQ6Vb)


Given that it was a stupid mistake, and the TV station already apologized for it, I don't expect the suit to go very far. The airline is a "public figure" so they'd have to prove "actual malice" (both legal terms of art) and there just wasn't any here.

Probably the TV station will apologize again, and that'll be the end of it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 15, 2013 09:20 AM (+rSRq)

11 Exactly.  In fact, "not go very far" probably will boil down to "be unable to find a lawyer willing to take the case."

Posted by: RickC at July 15, 2013 09:48 AM (WQ6Vb)

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