Fox News & Others: 'Obama is Dead' Mistake Sweeps the Web
Fox News Skewered for Obama/Osama Mixup
Fox News, in reporting one of the most important stories of the year, managed to not only mistakenly report that "Obama bin Laden is dead" in its news crawl, but also report it on air.
Strangely, a Fox affiliate reported "President Obama is dead", while showing Obama delivering his May 1 speech about the death of Osama bin Laden, which is a much bigger error than a news-crawl typo. You know which anchor you don't want to be during the next staff meeting.
BBC, ABC, CNN Also Screw Up
Fox News is not alone, though. BBC and Sky News made a similar mistake. As did ABC. Even the Modesto Bee mixed up the President and the world's most infamous terrorist, asking, "How did @modbee readers react to news of Obama's death?" Imagine if that's the first tweet you saw when checking your feed. Oops. That tweet has since been deleted, but that, and tweets like it, lead to knee-jerk retweets that in turn lead to death hoaxes.
The lesson: in our rush to be first with a story, don't just look for red underlines created by spellcheck. Actually read what you write.