10 Funniest Obama Osama Name Mix-ups by the Media

obama bin ladenEver 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, "CBSNews.com 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."

CNN.com 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:



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