With the rise of terrorism, a healthcare bill making its way through the Senate, and a new budget battle on the horizon, we have some pretty important issues to confront as a country. However, since Donald Trump was elected president, the media is prone to get a little sidetracked.
It’s been an ongoing trend, everything the president does is a controversy in need of media scrutiny. After all, who cares about ISIS when the president is receiving two scoops of ice cream? Why bother fixing healthcare when football players skipped a White House ceremony? The media sure knows how to tackle the issues of our time!
Unsurprisingly, the trend shows no signs of letting up. As Trump meets with foreign leaders over the many issues confronting the global community, media personalities are going nuts over something a little less newsworthy.
When President Trump met with the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, you might think the media would be talking about the vital shared interests of the two NATO allies. However, you’d be wrong. What really grabs the media’s attention is the handshake the two leaders shared. Yes…a handshake.
From The Hill:
President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shared an intense handshake Thursday after meeting for the first time at a NATO meeting in Brussels.
“The two presidents, each wearing dark suits and blue ties (Trump’s was thick and royal blue; Macron’s was skinny and navy) sat in antique cream-upholstered arm chairs, with two American and French flags behind them,” a reporter traveling with Trump said.
“They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other’s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.”
With such a large controversy, media personalities on Twitter couldn’t help themselves:
Typically, there’s nothing that can distract the media from endlessly discussing their Russia conspiracy theories. However, you can bet that when they do, it’s to talk about ice cream and handshakes. It’s what the people need to know.
In the age of Trump, we can always count on the media for this kind of hard hitting journalism!
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]