MSNBC Reporter Accidentally Tweets “Obama Killed”


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

Yes class.  This is why we double check and proofread our work.  MSNBC reporter Norah O’Donnell, in an effort to get the news out ahead of the competition, sent this message out on Twitter, citing NBC Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski as her source.  You can imagine that she probably got more than a couple of tweet backs as a result.  The killing of Osama Bin Laden was the big news of the day, but some would speculate that the killing of President Obama would make for a more shocking headline.

The saddest part of O’Donnell’s error is that death threats are very real for the Obama family.  President Obama has received far more death threats than any president in American history. The Secret Service has reported that President Obama receives more than 30 death threats per day, leading to a 400 percent increase over the Bush Administration.  Fortunately, none of these threats have come to fruition. 

The fact that the president remains safe in spite of his status as a hero in the African American community runs in stark contrast to the more volatile political environment in the 1960s, which led to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and John F. Kennedy.  Even Abraham Lincoln, a man with whom President Obama regularly compares himself, died by way of an assassin’s bullet.

Perhaps Ms. O’Donnell might want to be a bit more careful in the future.  She probably handed out a few heart attacks on Twitter.


Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here. 



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3 responses to “MSNBC Reporter Accidentally Tweets “Obama Killed”

  1. Pollard

    I wonder will she be fired? Why has this been so quiet? Make your own conclusion because I sure have mine.

  2. Pollard

    I wonder how Jim Miklaszewski feels about that?

  3. Has it occured to you that Pres. Obama remains safe from the CIA and others who might be interested in taking him out, because he is doing their bidding, e.g. bombing Libya, on the African continent? I recognize his importance as the first Black U.S. President, but that is being used to tamp down opposition to this horrendous campaign, which just caused the deaths of Muammar Gadhafi’s son and three little grandbabies. It is no excuse to say OBama must do the CIA’s bidding to save his life–what about all the other lives he is taking? He can always step down. The U.S. remains the world’s most vicious international terrorist; this country has slaughtered millions, many more deaths than Osama Bin Laden was ever responsible for.

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