n. A false or non-existent controversy.
As ludicrous nontroversies go, then, I suppose I'll take a fashion-related one over one where treating the "other side" as credible involves promoting falsehoods that muddy the public's understanding of serious, complicated issues like healthcare reform.
—Kate Harding, “The first gams make their debut,”, August 20, 2009
Unfortunately a number of gotcha moments only became controversial when the media, like blood-deprived leeches, clung to the nontroversy and spun it through its continuous loop of 24-hours news, which only contains an estimated 30 minutes of new news according to a recent Political Fallout study.
—T.M. Lindsey, “Got Scandal?: Iowa’s Bottom Nontroversies of 2008,” Political Fallout, January 04, 2009
1998 (earliest)
It's not a controversy; it's a nontroversy.

The pills Mark McGwire pops to increase the pop in his bat are over-the-counter substances that are not banned by Major League Baseball.

He is not, repeat, not cheating.
—Tom Keegan, “Slugger's little helper falls fair,” The New York Post, August 24, 1998
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