Media Seize on Claim Comey ‘Disgusted’ by Trump Handshake

May 19, 2017 | 4:40 PM EDT

More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.

After Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes, a friend of fired FBI Director James Comey, took to PBS to accuse President Trump of a “calculated” attempt to “compromise” Comey simply by shaking the law enforcement chief’s hand at a White House event, the media ran wild with the story on Friday as another controversy for the commander-in-chief.

On CNN’s New Day, correspondent Joe Johns touted: “Wittes now recounting the day of that now famous public embrace between Comey and the President at a White House reception shortly after the Inauguration....And though 6'8", he even tried to blend in with the curtains in the back of the room, in hopes he would not be spotted.”