Headline Howler: A slip-up worthy of FUX…er, FOX!

Only this time, it’s the doing of the ChuckleNuts Network:

US broadcaster CNN has apologised after mistakenly putting the name of US Senator Barack Obama as a caption on a story about Osama Bin Laden.

An advertisement for a feature about the whereabouts of the al-Qaeda leader carried the caption “Where’s Obama?” over images of Bin Laden.

CNN has apologised for “a very bad typographical error”.


A spokesman for Mr Obama, a potential presidential hopeful, said he accepted that it was an innocent error.

“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,” his spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

The error happened on Monday night during presenter Wolf Blitzer’s news programme “The Situation Room”.

But if you thought CNN was the only fucker-upper here, wait…the BBC might also have some explaining to do as it wraps up this story:

Mr Obama, tipped by some to become the country’s first black president, admitted in October that he was considering a White House run in 2008.

He has always been ready to deal with questions about his unusual name.

“When I first started to work in public life… people would ask: ‘Hey brother, what’s with your name? You called Alabama or Yo’ Mama?'”

He has also acknowledged that his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, is not ideal for someone involved in politics.

Maybe not for someone involved in American politics of the early 21st century. But here in Canada, we wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. To us, “Hussein” is just a name, not an indicator of sinister predilections.

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