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THE WEEK July 19: Mistake or Misfortune?

Updated: 2013-07-19
By THE WEEK (chinadaily.com.cn)

Reporting gone wrong
The tragic story of the Flight 214 crash landing in San Francisco sparked a massive flame in the media. Reporters hunting for the newest and biggest story from the event became desperate. That desperation led to one huge news gaffe, or careless mistake, by the FOX affiliate in the city's Bay Area, KTVU.

Bieber behaving badly
Reporters aren't always that desparate to get a story, because sometimes the stories right themselves. Take Justin Bieber for example. The teen pop star has been harming his reputation in recent weeks by showing up late for concerts and allegedly spitting in a man's face (not to mention his girlfriend drama). But a video that surfaced last week has gone completely viral, and is not doing anything good for the once-adored teen heart throb. This kid needs to be taught a lesson.

Toilet proves terrifying
A man in Israel suffered an unfortunate snag. After he sat on the toilet to relieve himself, he screamed and ran in horror after a snake that was hiding inside the toilet bowl bit him in the wiener. He was eventually taken to the hospital and is reportedly feeling alright, despite a few cuts on his private part. But let this be a lesson: Always look before you sit. You never know what could happen.

This wacky world!
A new PSA from China's People's Court warns prisoners about the changes they will experience with time in prison. Juhua, a word meaning chrysanthemum and referring to the flowers on the PSA, is slang for anus. Get the picture?

A US senator said the country should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi if Russia offers asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Forget Edward Snowden. The Olympics are far more important.

A woman in China was stuck in between two walls for seven hours. Neighbors hesitated to call police, because they reportedly though the crews were coming from a ghost. For seven hours.

Weekly buzz word
Gaffe: A gaffe is a mistake that one makes - usually that is in public - and is embarrassing and sometimes offensive. This week, the San Francisco Bay Area's FOX affiliate, KTVU, made a huge news gaffe when it incorrectly reported the names of the pilots who were flying Asiana Flight 214.

Other examples:
I made a gaffe while speaking in front of my bosses at work today. I called one of them by the wrong name.

The basketball player made a major gaffe when he missed an easy layup to take the lead in the fourth quarter.

Director: Sun Tianyuan Graphic Design: Zhang Xiao
Videographer: Cong Ruiting Managing Producer: Andrew Xing
Producer: Chris Clark Executive Producer: Flora Yue
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