Echoing conservative commentators, KCOL's James called Obama "Osama"

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Before declaring that U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) "is about a month and a half away from being this massive politically correct joke and slipping into ... obscurity to never win another elected office again," Fox News Radio 600 KCOL host program director Scott James called the Democratic presidential candidate "Osama."

JAMES: Osama, Obama, Obama -- Barack Obama is about a month and a half away from being this massive politically correct joke and slipping into -- into obscurity to never win another elected office again. This guy is really startin' to show his true colors. A massive gaffe. Oh, it was a slip of the tongue; it was -- I, I don't mean to sound like one of these, these crap purveyors. It was a slip of the tongue, but it was how he responded to the slip of the tongue, and it's why the slip of the tongue even occurred to begin with at a campaign appearance he was making. And we'll get to that story in a few minutes.

James was referring to a May 8 speech during which Obama "drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died," as the Associated Press reported. According to the AP, after Obama "concluded his remarks a few minutes later, he appeared to realize his gaffe":

"There are going to be times when I get tired," he said. "There are going to be times when I get weary. There are going to be times when I make mistakes."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said later that the senator meant to say "at least 10," instead of 10,000.

As Colorado Media Matters noted, on three separate occasions during his February 16 broadcast, Newsradio 850 KOA host Mike Rosen called Obama "Barack Osama." Similarly, Media Matters for America has pointed out (here, here, and here) other media figures and conservative commentators who either have referred to Obama as "Osama" or highlighted the phonetic resemblance of Obama's name to "Osama."

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