Andrew Klavan at PJMedia cuts out the middle man and describes how you too can be a Mainstream Media Reporter.
(video just over 5 minutes)
Though not in the video, at the link, Klavan provides some useful information with respect to a glossary of terms of which will be helpful in navigating your way through the dog days of the election season.
Let’s begin with the word gaffe. Now and then you may hear a news “person” say something like, “Mitt Romney made a gaffe!” or “Mitt Romney’s foreign trip was full of gaffes!” or “Wow, that Barack Obama, he’s so darned wonderful, he never makes a gaffe!” and you may wonder what that particular word means.
Gaffe comes from the french word for “hook.” A gaffe is something a Republican says that is absolutely true, but that can be twisted like a hook to sound false or embarrassing by the journalist using the gaffe. For instance, when Mitt Romney recently said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that cultural differences between the Israelis and Palestinians accounted for Israel’s greater success, he was trying, in his silly, fumbling way, to say that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and that cultural differences between the Israelis and Palestinians accounted for Israel’s greater success. But even though these statements are not only wholly factual but also obvious, a chronically dishonest PLO official pretended to be outraged, thus giving journalists the opportunity to put in “the gaffe.”
Klavan is spot-on. We followed Romney's overseas trip relatively closely and outside of an impolitic comment on the preparedness of the London Games, we considered said trip an overwhelming success and scratched our head wondering of what all these alleged gaffes he made. We're pretty confident the majority of Americans paying attention were wondering the same thing.
To rif off of Klavan and using some language of the mainstream realm, we suppose that another way of defining a gaffe is when Republicans or conservatives speak truth to power.