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Another Fox News “Mistake” – “Obama Bin Laden Dead”

by David Badash on May 2, 2011

in Media,News,Politics

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Here’s another example of a Fox News “typo,” where they “accidentally” spell Osama bin Laden as “Obama bin Laden.”


WATCH: Fox News Announces “President Obama Is In Fact Dead”

It’s not like Fox and their affiliates have a reputation for making these mistakes over and over and over again, like in this video where the anchor says, “President Obama is in fact dead,” mis-stating Obama and bin Laden. Or like switching numbers in poll results so they match their agenda, or making “mistakes,” like claiming a disgraced politician is a Democrat, when in fact they are a Republican.


(image: @KyleHudgins)

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Rebecca May 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Prove He's Dead, Why dispose of that body in sea, Before showing American's this person is Dead. Is this a Political Campaign, something to help win votes?, This American wants Proof,

Jonesy May 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Seriously, watch more Glenn Beck.

Rebecca May 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

where's the spam can?

Drake May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

You're a tool

Guest May 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

if you had any idea how stupid this sounds and if you cared how you sound to others you would learn the facts. it is better to remain silent and have people assume you are stupid, than to open you mouth and remove all doubt.

Rebecca May 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

do you think you'll ever know the facts, we hear what this world wants us to hear, some people just have the nerve to say what they truly think, one of the problems of america today. people accept whatever, whenever. no morals, excuse me for saying so. that is what i think anyway

MYOB May 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

You really shouldnt think… REALLY…. You SHOULDNT THINK!!!

Rebecca May 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

human rights, that's what gives us all the right to exercise things

MYOB May 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I dont need to see a body.. For God's sake, MUST we know EVERYTHING our military is doing? No wonder the enemy knows what we do, our people have to know everything… I ,for one trust our Military to do the right thing for me and my family. That is why I live in this country. Really MYOB… Let them do their job…

Steve A. May 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

Prove he's dead! How? Do you want to touch the dead body? How about showing use the proof of weapons of mass destruction, proof that Iraq was linked to 9/11? Proof that a god exist? Or better yet prove you exist.

Donnie harris May 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

what is it osama or usama fox national news has it on the screen as usama

starbasef May 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Actually it's urmama

B.O.B May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Stupid, it is Usama.

Infinite Spiral May 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

"There is no universally accepted standard for transliterating Arabic words and Arabic names into English;[8] bin Laden's name was most frequently rendered "Osama bin Laden." The FBI and CIA, as well as other US Governmental agencies, have used either "Usama bin Laden" or "Usama bin Ladin", both of which may be abbreviated as "UBL". Less common renderings include "Ussamah Bin Ladin" and "Oussama Ben Laden" in the French-language media. Other spellings include "Binladen" or, as used by his family in the West, "Binladin". The spellings with "o" and "e" come from a Persian-influenced pronunciation also used in Afghanistan, where bin Laden spent many years.

n myers May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

ask the Bushes – they were in the family's pocket for years.

lschallert May 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

You F%^#% idiots! Fox news sucks!

Charlie May 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

You really do not need to know how to type or read at FOX News.. You either have to be a dumb blond with big tits or a racicist bigot to be on their network.
Heraldo was the biggest idiot last night when I was surfing channels to get the latest news on the Bin Laden murder.

LA1 May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Maybeeee learn how to spell, then you'll get some credibility. :)

Billy bo jim bob May 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I'm a racist bigot who loves big tits…does that count?

Urmama May 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Grow up people.

Dude May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

A whole slew of news organizations did the same thing. Fox has a bias, sure, but this is a stretch.

Sid May 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Get it right. It was MSNBC, not Fox. Here is the statement:
"In an attempt to release the news of Osama bin Laden’s death quickly late Sunday night, MSNBC correspondent Norah O’Donnell accidentally reported on Twitter that “Obama” had been “killed” instead.

“Obama shot and killed,” Norah O’Donnell posted on Twitter, citing NBC Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski as her source.

It was announced Sunday that Osama Bin Laden, who orchestrated the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was killed by American forces. President Obama addressed the nation to deliver the news around 11:30 PM EST.

O’Donnell later removed the post."

Dani May 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

It was actually both. That was a separate incident. Oh, the gaffes! I personally am not one to excuse FOX News for oftentimes abysmal journalism rife with (unintentionally?) non-factual statements and clear bias, but I don't find this slip-up to be that bad. I doubt it was done on purpose. Mistakes, as egregious as they can be, do happen… I actually feel bad for the journalist.

sharonica courtland May 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Omg I think they ment to put Obama can yall haters just leave the president alone and let him shine for once let him do his job he is a very good person its to much racism going on this needs to stop now

Rebecca May 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

freedom of speech

Bryan May 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

maybe obama is osama. maybe this is all make up news. maybe tv isnt saying the true. maybe this is a strategy for the u.s. government to create confusion among people. but no matter what the doubts are, you should never believe in the Hypocrite U.S governement nor in the media.

David Badash May 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Jan, I have no doubt that other networks make mistakes. I've seen many of the ones that took place overt he past 24 hours. The point here is that Fox has a habit and a reputation of making these mistakes — if they are mistakes — repeatedly.
Either they are incompetent, which is entirely possible, or there's a degree of intention. Either way, why would anyone continue to watch Fox, knowing that what they're seeing has a greater likelihood to be wrong? A study was done, I believe last year, that found that Fox viewers were the most ill-informed. Perhaps there's a reason for that?

Bob May 3, 2011 at 12:47 am

Do facts matter here? This was not Fox News. Is was a local fox affiliate, totally unrelated. to Fox News Channel. But that doesn't meet your agenda. Funny how you make false statements to find fault with someone else you are claiming makes false statements. (Did you mention Keith Oberman made the same mistake?)

Kyl May 3, 2011 at 1:25 am

This isn't Fox News, it's a fox affiliate. Stop lying. Many people have made this mistake not just conservatives as you would like to think.

Obama Osama May 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

Now the big question is – Is Osama really dead ?? Or President Obama trying to win few more votes in the next election ??

Tsp May 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Well, think about it, do you think Obama is stupid enough to fake such extremely big news? This news is all around the world, reported by media everywhere. If news comes out that it was actually fake, the trust in the US would be completely lost. We would be completely humiliated.

It's too big of a deal to fake, I believe.

George Bush Doc May 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

foreword: my statement is not intended to disrespect or cause offence to families who lost loved-ones on 9/11 but, why would anyone believe the story fed to them about who caused 2 skyscrapers to collapse with steel columns that melt over 1000 and jet fuel burning at 700. who did the forensics investigation? Former Mayor Rudolf Guliani? Did any evidence if soil or debris get tested (or was it all dumped hurredly off the coast of rhode island? what was in that soil? ceseum, strontium? pools of liquid melting steel for two weeks after the event. yep 2x Sandia Labs briefcase nukes a more plausible fit? One could almost believe the conspiracy theories for the complete lack of evidence NOT supplied to the American people / world..

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