“Romney trip begins in shambles,” blared CNN. “Britain is not ready for the Olympics says Mitt Romney,” screamed the U.K.’s Daily Mail. “Mitt Romney’s Olympics gaffe overshadows visit to London,” bellowed Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.
Even the normally even-handed Reuters joined the fracas: “Romney tries to move beyond Britain gaffes,” the news agency said days later.
But guess what? Mr. Romney said nothing of the kind (which might be why Reuters
didn’t even bother to repeat the quote that originally set off the
whole thing). The “gaffe” was created solely by the media searching — as
they often are — for something juicy to write about.