Fox, MSNBC Full of Obama/Osama Slip-Ups
Fox begins using 'Usama' spelling; celebs tweet reactions to news
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 2, 2011 9:03 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A single-letter screw-up at Fox has Twitter abuzz. An affiliate station in Sacramento announced to viewers: “Obama Bin Laden Dead,” Metro reports. The station shrugged off the gaffe as an easy slip-up, pointing to other stations that have made similar errors—including another of its affiliates, whose anchor announced that “President Obama” was dead, notes Zap2It. And before slamming the Sacramento affiliate's mistake, Keith Olbermann made one of his own, notes Mediaite.

The former MSNBC anchor blogged that George W. Bush had “personally de-prioritized the hunt for Obama”; an MSNBC correspondent separately tweeted, “Obama shot and killed," the Daily Caller observes. Fox News is now spelling the terrorist leader’s name “Usama,” and ran a doozy of a typo when the news broke (see it here). Fox News notes a “mixed” reaction to his death among Hollywood's typo-happy elite. “I dont know how I feel about 'celebrating' death” tweeted Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. “I believe in justice,” tweeted Katy Perry, “but don't u think that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind?” Other celebs, however, didn’t hesitate to celebrate: “Got Bin Laden AND interuppted Celebrity Apprentice? Win for Obama all around,” tweeted Jimmy Fallon.

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May 6, 2011 10:53 PM CDT
May 3, 2011 10:42 AM CDT
I expected them to identify him as a Democrat.
May 3, 2011 10:31 AM CDT
This liberal says ... Oh for Heaven's sake. The names are close. It happens. The quality of broadcasters on all sides on all stations and in all media is TERRIBLE these days to be sure. But this is just an easy mistake to make. Screwing up the type on the screen is incompetent, but this is a meaningless mistake, especially during an exciting and fast changing moment.