As we reported earlier, Obama/Osama mixups are nothing new, but an anchor for Washington DC Fox affiliate WTTG took the fairly common gaffe to 11 by not just merely mixing up the two names, but declaring that “President Obama, speaking from the East Room of the White House, telling the nation and the world: President Obama is in fact dead.”
The anchor immediately corrects himself, though, saying “I’m sorry. Osama Bin Laden is dead.”
Keith Olbermann, who committed (then corrected) a similar flub earlier on his blog, helpfully pointed out this, and another Fox affiliate’s “Obama bin Laden is Dead” chyron. Oddly, Olbermann attempts to tar Fox News with the Fox affiliates’ gaffes (“you can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them”), while making no mention of his own gaffe and correction on his blog, effectively sending it down the memory hole. While it’s a coincidence sure to amuse Fox-bashers, lots of people make this mistake. Olbermann should have at least acknowledged that he did.
Here’s a YouTube clip of the gaffe:
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