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Dick Williams of Georgia Gang isn’t the only TV-type guided by subconscious voices and inclined to gaffes when using the word “Obama.” (Romney made the same mistake some too.)

MSNBC is busy lately making all kinds of glorious boo-boos. But I blame sleep-deprivation or a nasty hangover for this one:

It happened during the opening of “Hardball” Monday evening. Matthews was previewing a story on the controversy over Obama’s use of another politician’s words, and a picture of bin Laden briefly flashed on the screen beside him with the headline “Words About Words.”

The Obama campaign immediately called NBC to complain, and Matthews apologized on the air a few minutes later. When “Hardball” was rerun later that night, a picture of Obama replaced the picture of the terrorist leader.

The mistake was made by someone in the network’s graphics department whom MSNBC would not identify. The network did not explain exactly how the mistake was made nor detail the punishment for the employee.

Full story here. I once had to work an overnight shift at the ‘nets in NYC, whereby I was required to edit down ancient political talk shows from the 50’s to small, 90’s kinda chunks, going chronologically year-by-year. I was so sleep-depped working overnights for days on end that I edited down a whole year that went right to air. However it was the wrong year… and out of order from what the network had been promoting for the show. Needless to say, I was never asked back to headquarters to repeat any more gaffes of that glaring a nature.

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