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"Sum Ting Wong" Here

by Jerry Bader

I suppose all of us in the media have been punked at one time or another,but how this got on the air is mind-boggling. Somebody sends a bogus news release to the TV station and not one set of eyes on this thing sees it for what it is? Really? And as unbelievable as that is, they're unlikely enough to find a summer intern at the NTSB who will confirm these names? Or were they?

I now engage in full speculation mode. Was there a contact number for the NTSB on the bogus news release? Did they call that number? Was it really an NTSB number? If so, is that how they got the summer intern? All of that seems beyond weird to me. And none of it, in my opinion, let's the station off the hook. Were they