CNN typo mixes up prospective U.S. presidential candidate with Osama bin Laden
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
According to prominent American left-wing online blog Daily Kos, which was the first to report it, CNN mixed the two up on Monday, leading into a segment on bin Laden with the title, "Where's Obama?" on The Situation Room, a show hosted by pundit Wolf Blitzer. The blog posted a photo of the mistake. The author of the blog called it "character defamation."
"We want to apologize for that bad typo," Mr Blitzer said. "We also want to apologize personally to Senator Barack Obama. I'm going to be making a call to him later this morning to offer my personal apology."
Mr Obama's press secretary said the apology was accepted. He also added that he appreciated the online blogs who brought the error to light.
"Though I'd note that the 's' and 'b' keys aren't all that close to each other, I assume it was just an unfortunate mistake, and don't think there was any truly malicious intent," said Tommy Vietor, Obama's press secretary.
- mitch2k2. "CNN, WTF? Assassinate character much?" — , January 1, 2007
- "CNN apologises for 'Obama' typo" — , January 2, 2007
- Canadian Press. "Confusing Obama with Osama? CNN makes an on-air goof and then an apology" — , January 2, 2007