Networks That Hyped 'Fiasco' at the Olympics Now Mock 'Mitt the Twit' for Saying Same Thing

The same networks that hyped a "humiliating" "fiasco" leading up to the 2012 Olympic games have now turned around and mocked Republican "Mitt the Twit" Romney for pointing out the same thing. NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning all played up comments by the presidential candidate questioning "disconcerting" problems leading up to Friday's opening ceremonies (the same problems they were previously pointing out).

Holding up a newspaper, NBC's Peter Alexander derided, "Here is a headline from one London tabloid. It reads 'Mitt the Twit.'" Alexander deemed the comments a "political firestorm" and played a clip of an unidentified British reporter snidely noting, "If he's here to make friends, he has got a funny way of showing it." Over on CBS, Jan Crawford eagerly held up the same tabloid and lectured, "Can you see it? 'Mitt the Twit.' That's not the type of headline you want."

Using every bit of hyperbolic language possible, Crawford labeled Romney's remarks "a storm in the tea cup and started a transatlantic war of words."

On Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos played up the Republican's "stumble out of the gate." NBC's David Muir insisted that the "Brits are boiling."

None of the morning shows addressed whether's Romney's comments were actually correct. The former governor's actual remarks: "The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials. That obviously is not something which is encouraging."

The networks pounced on Romney's "firestorm" immediately. In contrast, they waited five days to report on report on Barack Obama's "you didn't build that" gaffe.

On the July 17 NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams warned, "Ten days to go now until the Olympic games get underway in London, and today, the man whose company was hired to provide security at all the Olympic venues admitted his company screwed up."

The same broadcast featured a member of Parliament lamenting the "humiliating shambles for the company" planning security."

On the July 24 Good Morning America, reporter Nick Schifrin explained, "Now the reason is, an absolute fiasco with the private guards who were supposed to be doing this. Police tell ABC News they're worried those private security guards are not adequately trained."

The July 24 CBS Evening News featured an unidentified British man complaining about the inadequate transport system: "It's ridiculous. If we are not going to cope, it's going to be a bit of a fiasco. And people are going to get stranded."

Apparently, pointing out potential problems for the 2012 Olympics is okay– so long as your not the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org