The Funniest Obama-Osama Mix-ups

Since Barack Obama’s announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden last Sunday night, have you, like me, occasionally said or written “Obama” when you meant “Osama”? We have lots of company on the airwaves and in the press, and even in the august precincts of the New York Times.

The article appears at The Stir:

10 Funniest Obama Osama Name Mix-ups by the Media
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on May 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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Ever since Barack Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004, people have been inadvertently confusing his name with Osama bin Laden. Of course, the number of Obama-Osama gaffes increased exponentially in the last few days with the death of the Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan. Here’s a run-down of some of the funniest flubs by the media.

It’s almost as if Fox News wished Obama were dead instead of the other way around. Onscreen titles (seen above) on Fox News’ Sacramento affiliate Fox40 News reported “Obama Bin Laden Dead.” Geraldo Rivera had this classic line: “”Obama is dead, I don’t care … what am I saying?” And, DC affiliate WTTG reported that “President Obama is in fact dead.” (If you look closely at the video below, you can see also see those words scroll by.)

Of course, Fox wasn’t the only news organization to make such a mix-up. Keith Olbermann poked fun at the Fox40 News, then made the same mistake himself: “Mr. Bush personally de-prioritized the hunt for Obama.”

CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted it—not once, but TWICE: “Surprised if Hollywood types not up late putting together deals for a movie on the “Raid on Obama.” And, “ has posted photos of Obama’s compound.”

MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell also would have done well to proof her tweet: “Obama shot and killed per @JimMiklaszewksi.” There was also a text crawl on MSNBC Tuesday morning that read: “Obama Adm.: Waterboarding Didn’t Lead To Obama Death.” said there is “no indication Obama tried to surrender.”

Finally, the New York Times ran this sentence in an article about Bin Laden’s legacy (which was later changed): “Doubts emerged Monday over the timing of the raid that killed Mr. Obama.”

For even more awkward Obama-Osama gaffes by the media, check out this video by Ben Craw:

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 06, 2011 09:45 AM | Send

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