Editorials

editorial

KTVU blooper: Suppressed for whose benefit?

Advertisement

Trying to cover up mistakes rarely works, but a California TV station is trying. Oakland’s KTVU drew international scorn when it fell for a crude hoax and broadcast fake, racially offensive names for the crew of Asiana Flight 214, the flight that crashed at San Francisco airport recently. The station has publicly apologized, fired several employees, and is trying, with limited success, to get clips of its blooper removed from YouTube.

To defend its efforts to pull down the clips, the station cites the feelings of viewers; continually airing the fake names online, they claim, only compounds the offense. Unfortunately, that cat is out of the bag. The station will win a lot more points by learning from its mistake and moving on. Pressuring websites to take down the clip sends the opposite message — that the station wants to erase its mistake from history.

Loading comments...
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.