Friday, September 07, 2007

I was struck by seeing the transliteration "Usama" on FoxNews this morning instead of the more common Osama. After a look around the web, it appears that ONLY FoxNews spells it "Usama" - not ABC News, MSNBC, CNN, NYTimes, BBC. The wire-reports from AP that appear on FoxNews are the only hits on a search for "Osama" on that site.

Why is this?

A news search for "Usama" brings up primarily Fox alone, with a handful of other - it seems - right-wing new sources, with headlines like "The CIA Proves Clinton's Dereliction of Duty."

As the transliterated sound is neither an "O" sound nor a "U" sound exactly, neither is technically more "correct," but this Fox-only insistence is just odd. Oddly, the NYPost uses "Osama" - and then, high-lariously, quotes the SITE Instituate, the organization responsible for the "CIA" article I mentioned above!

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