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CNN asks 'Where's Obama?' in segment on Bin Laden

Published: Monday January 1, 2007
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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.

During a January 1st 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 Democrat Senator Barack Obama.

RAW STORY is awaiting comments on the graphic from corporate staff at CNN.

Since RAW STORY was alerted to the Situation Room's gaffe by alert reader Jon Bee in the early evening, a lively discussion of the error was initiated in a diary started by a user of Daily Kos.