'Stench' overwhelms US campaign coverage
'Stench' overwhelms US campaign coverageHow media missed the mark by reporting one writer's attempt at satire as fact.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is joined by vice-presidential candidate U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (L) at a campaign rally at the airport in Dayton, Ohio September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Political satire turned into reported "fact" this week after one columnist wrote that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan refers to his running mate Mitt Romney as "the stench".
Politico's Roger Simon claimed on Tuesday that Ryan sought to distance himself from the Romney campaign, which has suffered a series of gaffes over the past two weeks. He elaborated by adding: