You say Obama, MSNBC says Osama: yet another media 'mix-up'
MSNBC's 'Hardball' is the latest bumbler in a series of media mistakes showing Osama bin Laden while 2008 White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is being discussed.
'Hardball' host Chris Matthews was referring to charges by the camp of fellow White House contender Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) that Obama had plagiarized a speech when the gaffe occurred.
As Matthews said, "[W]hat did Barack Obama say and why is it causing controversy?" an image appeared on the screen of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden with the caption 'Words About Words.' The image quickly disappeared and Matthews seemed to pause for a second. He later apologized for the "graphic over my shoulder" without being specific.
CNN, The New York Post, and even former White House candidate Mitt Romney have all erroneously referred to the Illinois senator as "Osama," though some critics charge the associations are hardly accidental.
This video is from MSNBC's Hardball, broadcast February 19, 2008.