Each week, USA TODAY's OnPolitics blog takes a look at how media from the left and the right reacted to a political news story, giving liberals and conservatives a peek into the other's media bubble.
This week, a fallen soldier's grieving family was thrust into the center of a politicized fight. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., told reporters that President Trump told the widow of a soldier killed in Niger that her husband knew "what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts."
Trump then called Wilson a liar. Wilson fired back and Trump's chief of staff — and Gold Star father — John Kelly slammed the congresswoman for listening in on the call while seeming to confirm her version of it.
The whole unseemly mess has proven ripe fodder for commentators from both sides of the political fence.
From the right: Anti-Trump brigade hit 'a new low'
"Just when you thought the left could sink no lower" the "left sinks lower," wrote Fox Business host Stuart Varney for Fox News Opinion.
Varney took issue with "a politician bent on grinding her anti-Trump" ax listening in on a phone call between the president "and the mother of a fallen soldier." (Trump actually called the soldier's widow.)
"Let’s be clear what happened here," Varney said. Wilson "is part of the left's hate Trump brigade. She deliberately inserted herself into the president's condolence call and used it for political purposes. That is low indeed."
From the left: Wilson vs. Trump and Kelly? 'Easy — go with Wilson'
"Frederica Wilson is no liar," wrote MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid for The Daily Beast. "The Florida congresswoman is the latest — and pointedly, the latest woman and person of color — to be attacked by Trump for daring to tell the truth about him."
Reid said Trump has a history of false statements and that when he "called the congresswoman a liar, he called the family, who confirmed her account to The Washington Post, liars too."
"As to why Wilson was in that car, listening to that call, the answer is simple: because Myeshia Johnson and her family wanted her there," Reid wrote, explaining the congresswoman's close ties to La David Johnson and his family. Reid also said the irony of Kelly going after Wilson for listening to the call "is rich beyond words" because Kelly listened as well.
From the right: 'Can we get a scurrilous accusation of racism thrown in there?'
Townhall Political Editor Guy Benson said, "despite pledging to disengage from her unbecoming battle" with Kelly, Wilson proceeded to call Kelly a racist because she could not resist the "bright lights" of the media.
Oh, can we get a scurrilous accusation of racism thrown in there? Of course we can. Now decorated veteran John Kelly criticized her because he'll "say anything" to keep his job and because she's a black woman, natch.
Benson also dismissed arguments that Trump's attacks on Wilson were motivated by race.
Is Trump happy to go the racial route as a means to an end? Absolutely, and it's a terrible, childish impulse. But a-n-y-b-o-d-y who's insufficiently glowing in their assessment of Donald J. Trump is liable to end up in his rhetorical crosshairs, regardless of race, gender or creed.
From the left: Kelly's attempt to turn Wilson into 'a lying villain has backfired'
Kelly "attacked Wilson for allegedly acting disrespectfully during the dedication of an FBI field office in Miramar, Florida, to two FBI agents who were killed in a gunfight," wrote Shepard. "The problem here was that, as video that has since surfaced proves, what Kelly said wasn’t true."
"Throughout this scandal, the Trump administration’s response has been to lie and to use military service as a shield from criticism," he said. "Looks like they’re not abandoning that strategy anytime soon."
From the right: Wilson thinks her 'tasteless' and 'selfish behavior' made her 'a rock star'
Many on the right were outraged by a video of Wilson saying, “You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words? ... I will have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now."
The Federalist said it showed Wilson "decided to double down on her selfish behavior" and that she thought "her tasteless behavior made her a rock star."
From the left: 'This is not Trump's Benghazi'
"Some normally responsible commentators are delving into speculation about the cause of this crisis that crosses the line from reasonable speculation to irresponsible conspiracymongering [sic]," wrote Laura Seay for Slate.
Many on the left are comparing the Niger ambush to the 2012 killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. But the real similarity is that liberals are heading down "the same path that conservatives traveled with Benghazi, one of irrational, fearmongering claims that only serve to prolong the suffering of the families of the fallen while doing nothing to explain the root causes of the even," Seay said.