The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 January 2007

Senator Barack Hussein Obama (D- Ill), Osama Bin Laden, CNN


CNN Gaffe Infuriates Lefties

When it comes to protecting their beloved senator from Illinois, so- called "progressives" sure can be touchy. Even the slightest bit of confusion over Senator Barack Hussein Obama (D- Ill) and his tricky name can send the left reeling, or worse, cooking up kooky media conspiracy theories.

And after another gaffe over Obama's name yesterday, this time from CNN, lefties were fit to be tied. Though it was an obvious mistake, they have demanded and received an apology from the network.

And somehow, conservatives are always to blame for the mix- ups, even though it was none other than Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy who first confused "Osama" with "Obama" in public.

From Crooks and Liars, a leftist site:

CNN owes Barack Obama an apology

By: John Amato on Monday, January 1st, 2007 at 6:40 PM - PST

I expect this type of thing from FOX NEWS. The right wingers have been attacking Barack Obama's name for a few weeks now. I'm going to ask CNN to make a correction on the air.

From an earlier item at the same site:

Playing the Obama name game with some fashion tips

By: John Amato on Wednesday, December 13th, 2006 at 2:45 PM - PST

CNN is the latest to jump on Obama's name. As Eric says: "It makes you wonder if the ad man for GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss — who unseated Max Cleland with ads linking him to the two — is working for CNN now."

They also put him in a picture with Saddam as well.

CNN did include my Ed Rogers post about his slimy entry into the name game. (without credit of course) Meanwhile, Jeff Greenfield is playing the Fashon game with Obama:

Jeff Greenfield protests that his comparison of Barack Obama's fashion sense to that of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was just a joke.

Boy, maybe this is a right- wing conspiracy! Somehow, Republicans have taken over not only CNN, but the AP as well. Sadly, the sinister plot has now been uncovered.

From the Washington Post, here's how Kennedy started it all:

MODERATOR: This person asks, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected with over 80 percent of the vote, and over a million of those voters were also President Bush voters. What did Senator Obama do that Senator Kerry and other Democrats not do?

And do you think the Democrats need to move toward the center to recapture the majority position?

And finally, If a Democrat wins the next presidential election, what are the most difficult problems he or she will face in 2008?

KENNEDY: There you go.

Why don't we just ask Osama bin -- Osama Obama -- Obama what -- since he won by such a big amount. Seriously, Senator Obama is really unique and special.

He was a community activist. He was out there on the streets pulling different groups together in Chicago. He was working with families out there about family needs and he rang the bell in Illinois.

He talked about that, but he also talked about bringing people together. You'll all have a good chance to hear him, I'm sure, often.

But I think -- I would hope that Senator Obama would agree with most of what I had to say today. I'll send him a copy. I'll let you know.

From YouTube, here's the original video of Kennedy's blunder:

From the "progressive" Raw Story, here's where the situation rapidly moves into unhinged moonbat territory:

CNN apologizes for Obama gaffe in Bin Laden graphic

Michael Roston
Published: Tuesday January 2, 2007

Update: Senator Obama's office called RAW STORY to comment on the incident and CNN's apology, which can be found at this link or at the end of this story.

A Monday night broadcast of CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer confused America's "number one enemy" with one of America's most popular senators, RAW STORY has learned. CNN apologized for the error, which came after a series of incidents in recent months in which Illinois Democrat Senator Barack Obama was subtly or directly linked with militant Islamic personalities who have been hostile to the United States.

During the Jan. 1 broadcast of Wolf Blitzer's nightly news program, a pre-commercial preview of the show's next segment included a story on the hunt for Al Qaeda's leadership. Over a photo of Osama Bin Laden and his second-in-command Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Blitzer stated, according to the transcript, "Plus, a new year, but the same mission. Will 2007 bring any new changes in the hunt for Osama bin Laden?"

But instead of asking "Where's Osama?" the graphic over the two Islamists read "Where's Obama?" referencing the surname of popular Illinois Democratic Senator Barack Obama.

A later segment of the show, which took up the topic of the 2008 presidential election, did discuss Senator Obama's political prospects if he chooses to run for president.

Blitzer apologized during this morning's coverage of the Gerald Ford funeral.

"I just want to make a correction, an apology, Soledad, for what we did yesterday. In 'The Situation Room,' we had a bad graphic," Blitzer said in a transcript delivered to RAW STORY by CNN's public relations staff. "We were doing a piece on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in this new year 2007. Unfortunately, instead of saying "where is Osama," it said "where is Obama." I'm going to be calling Senator Barack Obama to make a personal apology."

A CNN employee also told RAW STORY an additional apology was offered by Soledad O'Brien earlier in the morning.

Bloggers rapidly highlighted the faulty graphic last night. At Daily Kos, a diary started by one user included comments from hundreds of users debating whether or not the graphic was constructed deliberately. While some noted the proximity of the program to New Year's Eve might have resulted in sleepy graphic artists at the cable network, others insisted that the 'B' and 'S' keys are far from one another on the keyboard, making a mere typographical error unlikely. Instead, they saw an anti-Obama bias in the news media as the source of the CNN graphic.

A variety of incidents over the course of recent months have created a perception that pundits and news organizations are attempting to link the popular freshman senator and possible presidential candidate with militant Islam.

In the end, the evidence points to mistakes made by a liberal Massachusetts senator and some mainstream media folks. Where's the right- wing conspiracy?

Osama grave: David A Lunde, Kennedy - Obama image:

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  • of corse it was on purpose, the filthy complict right wing media is attacking the man non-stop. It is disgaceful, the media fears a Democratic president, a real Democrat will un-do the damage Clinton did to the media, by creating these media empires. Regulate the fucking media, soon as possible, there is no longer "journalism" but rather a GOP hungry group of billionaires using any tatic possible to stop complete Dem takeover. With McCain as the prime candidate, the filthy GOP has ZERO chance , the media fears this.
    "exposing the right....mocking the right"

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 January, 2007 15:03  

  • Do you think Obama should change his name? Or do you think it has no impact? Give your opinion by voting on the poll at my blog at:
    Obama Poll

    By Blogger Manimala, at 02 January, 2007 15:13  

  • ah, minister of poop, or should I address you as Herr Goerbbels?

    Mr. government censor want-to-be, you are just a good liberal. You don't believe in free speech for anyone but you. We've got you now.

    By Blogger PCD, at 02 January, 2007 15:47  

  • I love the little song RUSH plays about this guy, using Ted Kennedy as the singer...

    Eeeeeerrrrrrrr OBAMA.....errrr, OSAMA......


    too, what happened to being SENSITIVE!??!?!
    I was told you fruit loop liberals have a sense of humor??

    Given, how you like to slam, " maloney, baloney, mahoney "...etc etc.

    Barrack OSAMA BIN LADA!!!!!

    Or was it, BIN LADAN OBAMA!?!?!?!?


    Ya'lls crack me up!

    By Blogger LNaranjoiv, at 02 January, 2007 15:58  

  • The right fears, Obama, with the king of the 12%ers John "stay the corse for the way foward" Mccain being the big GOP candidate, they need to smear, use subliminal tatics and fear.

    Speaking of Crap, Saddam never charged with the gassing of the Kurds???
    mmmmmmm, I think we know why, Saddam's defense would have calld rumsfeld to the stand, who gave the blessings and the nerve gas for this massacare. Not a single talking head in the MSM explained this to the viewers.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 January, 2007 16:20  

  • They will not be content with just defaming him.

    They will not rest until he is assassinated.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 02 January, 2007 16:33  

  • Can't you guys on the left take a joke--even if it's by one of your favorite media outlets against one of your favorite politicians?? Savage is right again on liberalism being a mental disorder!

    And dare I remind all of you fawning over Obama that his middle name is Hussein??

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 02 January, 2007 18:28  

  • You don't believe that Savage would consider autism and Asperger's "mental disorders", PW?

    I know you have called for the deaths of myself, MOP, and elmonica, but must you insult us before you twist the knife?

    Such lack of respect for human life.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 02 January, 2007 18:38  

  • You know what folks?!?!

    These two idiots here, libs no less, obviously are stuck on SADAM WASN"T CHARGED WITH GASSING KURDS.

    Ummmmm, dipwads??

    Nice to know, you azzmunches are admitting he did.

    Ergo, you admit the WMD, his use of, and his owning of the same. peons are so easy.

    Errrrrr, BARRACK, er, OSAMA BIN LADDA.......

    By Blogger LNaranjoiv, at 02 January, 2007 20:35  

  • I think Kennedy's misspeech is a Freudian slip.

    By Blogger Amy P, at 02 January, 2007 22:14  

  • Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

    Has a nice ring to it. Wouldn't change a thing.

    By Blogger Adjoran, at 03 January, 2007 00:44  

  • Borat Hussein Osama.

    How's that for a trifecta?

    By Blogger kmg4, at 03 January, 2007 02:32  

  • Hey con scum


    All the Obama crap will not stop the destruction of the filthy, murderous GOP. McCain is a failure, Guilliani is a filthy murderous scumbag, America rejects the GOP. It will indeed be 40 years before you see a Republican House again. You had your 12 years, you ruined it with arrogance. America REJECTS YOU. Stay in AM talk radio land, it is safer there. The Real America is sick to death of these murderous scumbags.
    And as fat as Inarojov's shrieking about the kurds, no charge because the filthy murderous GOP and Rumsfeld gave saddam the blessings to kill the Kurds, and Rumsfeld would have been called to the stand as a defense witness. Are you proud you degenerate, murderous BUsh flunkie???

    This is the kind of language con scum deserve. This is how we were treated by them. FUCK THE GOP and their lemmings. It is time to kick these cowards when tyhey are down like NEVER BEFORE.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 03 January, 2007 09:34  

  • MOP,
    Are you a member of the Religion of Peace? If not, why the continuous call to arms? Why are you so angry? Who shit in your cornflakes?

    Perfect trifecta! I got a good chuckle out of that.

    By Blogger Rich in MT, at 03 January, 2007 09:54  

  • There was also a lot of outrage over this at the Democrat Underground as you can see in this edition of the DUmmie FUnnies.

    By Blogger PJ-Comix, at 03 January, 2007 10:10  

  • The Minister of Poop is just one of those unhinged lefties. Now lets be nice to him or this girleyman will send his wife to slap the crap out of us.

    By Blogger PCD, at 03 January, 2007 10:25  

  • Call to arms? nope, just a call to kick the murderous GOP while they are down, with the same filthy tatics the GOP used, pundits, insults and smear. If they can do it, so can we, smear, smear, smear.
    If you aupport the GOP you hate America
    If you support the GOP you hate the troops
    If you support the Iraqi war you are a traitor to America

    See how easy it is.
    They did it for 12 years to Democrats, kick the scumbag murderous thugs when they are down.

    stop crying con cowards, its a taste of your own medicine, you anti-American traitors.

    The Dems are off to a good start, excluding the GOP from the first 100 hours of congress, I love it. they excluded the Dems for a good 12 years. give them the same amount of respect they gave us, NONE. I love to see the pathetic president crying out to congress, hysterical. Kick them when they are down, no mercy. Exclude them, accuse them, smear them. Destroy the GOP.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 03 January, 2007 10:39  

  • All the Democrats are demonstrating is that they are drunk on power and have gone back to their old, rejected in 1994 ways.

    The Minister of Poop is just demonstrating the attitudes and actions that will cause the electorate to reject the Democrats and put them back out to pasture.

    By Blogger PCD, at 03 January, 2007 11:38  

  • PCD,
    I agree.

    Carry on!

    By Blogger Rich in MT, at 03 January, 2007 12:19  

  • First, if CNN had used the name "bin Laden" instead of trying for the chummier "Osama" there would be no incident.

    Second, I am amused at the first comment to this post from Prop, in which he implies that CNN is part of the "filthy complict (sic) right wing media". That vast right wing conspiracy keeps gaining new members all the time.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 03 January, 2007 13:31  

  • On the one hand, I actually think it is part of CNN's and the Left Stream Media's sneaky plan to INNOCULATE the public against the perfectly natural abhorence towards the name (OBAMA HUSSEIN) of their favorite son in preparation for his run for POTUS. They want to numb and disarm the inevitable discussion later on...

    On the other hand, if it was a mistake, we are so used to the double, triple and quadruple standards that the LEFT applies to itself and their totalitarian friends that NOTHING can surprise me further in that regard!!!

    See: Dumb Ox News: Under-Reported News of 2006, and THE Question of 2006...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 January, 2007 14:37  

  • Republicans are such ordinary, simple-minded people.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 03 January, 2007 14:57  

  • This question from Is it more important to be a partisan or a citizen?

    Not much citizenship on this webpage. As Groucho Marx said, "There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe in dichotomies, and those who don't."

    By Anonymous banquokdangerfield, at 28 January, 2008 20:58  

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