'A Sad Episode': Media Calling Gold Star Families for Anti-Trump Fodder
"MediaBuzz" host Howard Kurtz said the media coverage on President Trump's call to a Gold Star widow has turned into a "really sad episode."
Melissa Francis noted that reporters are now calling Gold Star family members to see whether they received a phone call from Trump.
"I feel like this story has sunk to a new low," she said.
Kurtz said Trump "inadvertently opened the door" for this coverage by comparing his response to military deaths to his predecessor, Barack Obama, earlier this week.
Kurtz lamented the politicization of the story, which he said has distracted from the deaths of the four U.S. soldiers.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) claimed Tuesday that Trump told the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson during a phone call that "he knew what he signed up for."
Wilson lashed out at Trump for being cold-hearted and insensitive to Myeshia Johnson on the call, accusing him of not even knowing the name of her husband.
The president, however, disputed Wilson's account of the call and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Wilson's statements "appalling."
Kurtz pointed out that there was very little media coverage of the soldiers' deaths in Niger on Oct. 4.
"Now it's getting thousands of times more coverage because it's about Trump. Partisans on both sides have made this into yet another Trump controversy and that really is depressing," said Kurtz.
Francis highlighted a Mediaite column in which Joseph A. Wulfsohn wrote that "everything about this condolence call 'news story' is shameful."
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