More Adventures With Cable News Chyrons

CNN Obama Chyron

CNN made an unfortunate error while reporting on the ongoing controversy regarding a former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden:

CNN earned widespread mockery Friday night when it apparently ran a headline referring to a Navy SEAL killing “Obama” instead of “Osama.”


According to video posted by Mediaite, CNN ran the chyron for at least the majority of a 45-second segment.

The segment addressed the controversy surrounding Robert O’Neill, who claims he was the soldier who fatally shot Osama Bin Laden in the 2011 raid on a Pakistani compound. As CNN noted, however, other SEALs are reportedly disputing O’Neill’s version of the events.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Tyrell says:

    CNN is no longer on our satellite list. I don’t think hardly anyone cares. I do miss Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network.

  2. John Burgess says:

    OMG! It wasn’t even FOX!

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I think that’s called a Freudian slip.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Looks to me like Bill Gates fault. Spell check error.