Or perhaps it was because the British media had their own reasons to believe the accidental ham story.
Lipsyte updates his media critique in An accidental Sportswriter.
Thousands more are “accidental” culinary tourists, who get caught up in the local cuisine without even trying.
late 14c., "non-essential," from Old French accidentel or directly from Medieval Latin accidentalis, from Latin accidentem (see accident). Meaning "outside the normal course of nature" is from early 15c.; that of "coming by chance" is from 1570s.
late 14c., "non-essential quality," from accidental (adj.). The musical sense is from 1868.