July 18, 2008

Dan Rather calls Barack Obama "Osama bin Laden"

Enjoy this post which I put up at Newsbusters earlier today:

On this morning's "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, co-host Tiki Barber asked guest Dan Rather about his feelings regarding the recent Jesse Jackson imbroglio -- his "off mike" comments about Barack Obama. In the middle of praising Jackson, Rather referred to Barack Obama as "Osama bin Laden" -- and none of the four "Morning Joe" co-hosts reacted (nor did Rather). Partial transcript (from video):

RATHER: ...with Jesse Jackson, and I recognize this is not popular to say with a lot of people, but I have a respect for Jesse Jackson. That he was an important figure in paving the way for an Osama bin Laden to appear.

Check out the video here:

Question: Will the media pick this up? That one of America's longest-serving network news anchors referred to one of the two presidential candidates as the world's biggest terrorist -- and no one in the room seemed to notice?

(h/t to FiveThirtyEight who first noticed this blunder!)

Posted by Hube at July 18, 2008 07:48 PM | TrackBack

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Given that it was Dan Rather speaking, maybe nobody in the room thought it worth listening.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at July 18, 2008 08:24 PM

LOL, Paul!

Posted by: Hube at July 18, 2008 08:24 PM