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    This is what Fake News looks like: Polish First Lady “passes over” Trump handshake

    This is what Fake News looks like: Polish First Lady “passes over” Trump handshake

    If Washington Post and other leading media will mislead as to a handshake, why should we trust their “anonymous” sources?

    A misleading video clip of Donald Trump supposedly being passed over for a handshake by the First Lady of Poland is sweeping the internet. In fact, there was a handshake a couple of seconds later, but the clip is cut so tightly that it appears that this was a sign of disrespect.

    If it were just another misleading internet meme, it would be bad enough. But it is being pushed by the Washington Post on Twitter and on its website, as well as by other major media.

    Here is WaPo’s tweet:

    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/883019051890507780

    Here’s the video from the Tweet:

    WaPo continues this story line on its website, twice. WaPo’s article contains that same two-second clip as part of a longer clip of prior Trump handshakes:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/polish-first-lady-passes-over-trumps-handshake/2017/07/06/0ddbac1a-6273-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_video.html

    and

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/10/investigating-president-trumps-weird-habit-of-yanking-peoples-hands-in-photo-ops/?utm_term=.2879b18cbf19

    The text added by WaPo admits that the video clip and story is misleading — so why did WaPo use a misleading headline and video in the first place?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/10/investigating-president-trumps-weird-habit-of-yanking-peoples-hands-in-photo-ops/?utm_term=.2879b18cbf19

    WaPo does post the full video, but again with a misleading headline.

    Here is the video story posted by WaPo, Polish First Lady Passes Over Trump’s Handshake:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/polish-first-lady-passes-over-trumps-handshake/2017/07/06/0ddbac1a-6273-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_video.html

    It’s completely misleading, but you have to watch far into the clip to realize it. Here’s the video, watch until the 23 second mark to see that just after the “passed over” handshake, the Polish First Lady shakes hands with Trump:

    This might seem like a small issue.

    But it goes to the credibility of the leading media opponents of Trump.

    WaPo was not alone. USA Today has a misleading headline:

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/07/06/donald-trump-melania-trump-meets-polish-president-and-first-lady/454763001/

    Newsweek ran a misleading headline, then added a correction:

    http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-handshake-poland-president-wife-melania-trump-smack-video-watch-632808

    http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-handshake-poland-president-wife-melania-trump-smack-video-watch-632808

    Chris Cillizza of CNN shared the misleading video, and laughed about it:

    https://twitter.com/CillizzaCNN/status/883014622797811713

    Cillizza admitted he knew it wasn’t true – just funny – so what does that make him?

    https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/883029579509706755

    If WaPo and other leading media are willing to try to embarrass Trump with a misleading video story over something like a handshake, about what else are they willing to mislead?

    Next time WaPo has a breaking story about Trump based on anonymous sources, and tells us to “trust” them on the sourcing, don’t.

    UPDATE: This appears to be the account of the President of Poland (no blue check mark, but over 700k followers). If it’s not real, it should be:

    DONATE

    Donations tax deductible
    to the full extent allowed by law.

    Comments


    It is standard polite custom in Poland when meeting a couple to shake the lady’s hand first, then the man’s hand. Likewise shake the hands of older more respected people first.

    Trump should have been briefed on this but I’ve spent a lot of time around Poles and I still get crossed up from time to time. This type of politeness has long been out of fashion in our country.


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