Each week, USA TODAY’s OnPolitics blog takes a look at how media from the left and the right reacted to one of the week’s political news stories, giving liberals and conservatives a peek into the other’s media bubble.
This week, conservatives were fuming over posts saying Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda snubbed President Trump when he tried to shake her hand Thursday when they met in Warsaw. As commentators on right-leaning media were quick to point out, Kornhauser-Duda turned back to the president and shook his hand right after shaking Melania Trump’s hand first.
“By now, this is a familiar enough scene; women either purposefully or accidentally avoiding either a handshake or embrace from the president,” wrote Jezebel’s Stassa Edwards. “When women have slighted Trump there is something delicious about watching the embodiment of ego and power reduced to standing uncomfortably, emptily staring at cameras recording the moment.”
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From the right: Fake news!
“The mainstream media, desperate for a victory, is now claiming that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda rebuffed a handshake by Donald Trump during the president’s visit to Poland,” reads a post on Sean Hannity’s blog.
“Of course, the story is wishful thinking on the part of the left-wing media,” the post continues. “As the video of the event clearly shows, the first lady of Poland first shakes the hand of first lady Melania Trump, then immediately shakes President Trump’s hand.”
From the left: ‘The handshake is still a thing for old Tiny Fingers’
The Root had a lot of fun with what it called a “snub.”
“Kornhauser-Duda, didn’t want any part of (Trump’s) tiny deplorable fingers as she straight curbed him when he came in for a handshake,” the post reads.
From the right: Grow up
Becket Adams went after the media outlets that played up the missed handshake as an intentional snub in an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner.Adams especially chided CNN’s Chris Cillizza who tweeted “OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD…” along with a video clip of the incident.
“It would be awesome if we didn’t have to Zapruder the news cycle because reporters can’t keep it together long enough to figure out the truth of certain events,” Adams wrote. “Can we please have just a little bit more restraint?”
From the left: A day of handshake fails and awkwardness
“For a man who’s expected to shake a lot of hands, President Donald Trump still has a remarkable amount of trouble getting his greetings right,” wrote the Huffington Post‘s Nick Wing.
Wing noted that “many people on Twitter were quick to delight in what they saw as Kornhauser-Duda deliberately swerving on Trump,” but said it was more likely that she was simply following proper protocol and shaking the hand of her counterpart first.”
A Huffington Postvideo of the incident is titled, Poland’s first lady ignored the hell out of Trump’s handshake.
From the right: The video was ‘selectively edited’
The Blaze also took aim at Cillizza, saying he was “caught pushing a deceptively edited video” that “makes it appear as though Poland’s first lady snubbed” Trump. A longer version of the video shows what really happened.”
“The deceptively edited video was widely spread on social media among those critical of Trump,” the Blaze article added.