Poynter's Craig Silverman released his annual roundup of the year's biggest media errors and corrections on Sunday.
The President Obama/Osama Bin Laden gaffe topped Silverman's list for the biggest typo of 2011. In the wake of Obama's Sunday night announcement on May 1st, media organizations scrambled to break news of Osama Bin Laden's death. For reasons Silverman described in a piece for Columbia Journalism Review, anchors became tongue-tied and repeatedly said "Obama" when they meant to say "Osama." Editors also committed the Obama/Osama typo, with "Obama Bin Laden" appearing in print and online media publications.
The false reporting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' death was Silverman's "media error of the year." According to Silverman, news broke that Giffords was dead after NPR tweeted that the congresswoman and six others were shot and killed. The news spread on Twitter like wildfire, creating a lot of confusion shortly after news of the shooting broke.
View the rest of Silverman's list at Poynter, including some lighthearted, mistakenly profane gaffes. Remember this one?