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View Diary: Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Refers to Dead OBL as "Obama" on CNN (46 comments)

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  •  Professional journalists are not pros... (4+ / 0-)

    if this happens to them with any frequency whatsoever.

    I worked as a broadcast journalist for five years. I like many, many others, worked hard at getting names and pronunciation right. It was expected.

    If you're in a top-50 market up, this just shouldn't happen. Period.

    It doesn't matter that Osama and Obama sound a little bit alike. Shift and shit sound alike too and you don't hear broadcasters botching that every third time.

    I'm not going to go tin-foil hat on this one and say that it's scripted. I am going to go so far as to say it's a manifestation of bias that's so deeply ingrained that they can't help themselves.  

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