Osama, Obama: Media switch names in confusion

by Jekki Pascual, ANC

Posted at May 03 2011 03:19 PM | Updated as of May 04 2011 05:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The names of Obama and Osama differ just by one letter. It was not surprising then, that media and the Internet were abuzz with this mistake, switching one for the other, on Monday.

Fox News reported that the American President Barack Obama was dead and not the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

This was also the mistake of international network BBC in its website.


MSNBC Chief Washington Correspondent Norah O'Donnell likewise made the statement on her Twitter account.


CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller also made this blunder on Twitter.


Major news organization CNN was also not spared.



CNN wrote Osama bin Laden in the headline but wrote Obama in the article.