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Awkward CNN Typo Said A Navy SEAL Killed Barack Obama, Not Osama Bin Laden

The on-screen description was quickly changed from "Obama" to "Bin Laden". But by then it was too late.

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CNN had a pretty embarrassing moment yesterday when a typo said a Navy SEAL killed U.S. President Barack Obama.

Earlier this week, the SEAL who delivered the fatal shots to Osama Bin Laden during an attempted capture in 2011 was identified as Rob O'Neill.

Since the announcement, he has received much criticism from former SEALs who claim that any mission carried out is a team effort and individuals should not seek public recognition.

"We do not abide wilful or selfish disregard for our core values in return for public notoriety and financial gain, which only diminishes otherwise honourable service, courage and sacrifice," his critics wrote in a letter.

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CNN quickly replaced the word "Obama" with "Bin Laden". But it was too late.

CNN / Via youtube.com

Twitter found it and instantly started mocking the network.

And gave some pretty smart insights into the situation.

Hey @CNN, that's one name you can't misspell. Osama Bin Laden and President Obama aren't interchangeable.

KB@Kayla__BrandonFollow

Hey @CNN, that's one name you can't misspell. Osama Bin Laden and President Obama aren't interchangeable.

12:34 AM - 08 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And some suggested that it was done on purpose.

CNN have been making the Obama/Osama 'mistake' for seven years now. They clearly do it for publicity

The Daily Rupert @TheMurdochTimesFollow

CNN have been making the Obama/Osama 'mistake' for seven years now. They clearly do it for publicity

1:40 AM - 08 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But hey, at least it wasn't as bad as that time a Fox News reporter said: "President Obama has announced that... President Obama is in fact dead."

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Awks.

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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