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Monday, May 2, 2011

Ooops! Obama-Osama. What's in a name?

A Fox affiliate in California had to explain an on-screen typo that declared "REPORTS: Obama bin Laden dead." As the rush to get the news out that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces, a few mistakes were made, several regarding the president's similar sounding first name.

The Fox40 channel in Sacramento had the mistaken phrase typed on its screen. But in apologizing, it noted that the Fox affiliate in San Diego had made a similar but verbal mistake, according to a report in

Some have complained that these mistakes were intentional. What do you think? Are the names close enough for the mistakes to be honest due to hasty, frantic work late at nght? Share within our comments. (And all typos will be forgiven.)

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