While the rest of the country trained their attention on the fact that Trumpcare would not have enough Republican support in the Senate, FOX News pretended that the biggest story of the day was the fact that former President Barack Obama was on vacation.
The conservative news outlet, who recently dropped their “Fair and Balanced” slogan, ran the story under the headline “Lap of Luxury,” followed by the caption, “Obama’s lavish globetrotting vacations raise Democrats’ eyebrows.”
The FOX News story concedes that presidents “understandably and un-controversially” enjoy vacations, “but the level of luxury the Obamas enjoy on their vacation is unprecedented for a modern-day president.” FOX News surprisingly did not mention how their own anchors and journalists have spent their latest vacations, along with the amount of money spent.
The story also cited a joke that John Oliver made during a conversation with Late Night’s Seth Meyers. FOX News, of course, was unable to grasp the blatant sarcasm; Oliver was begging Obama to “tone it down” as Trump had set America “on fire.”
“I’ll tell you who should kick back a little less. This might be controversial – I’m a little sick of seeing photos of President Obama on vacation with Richard Branson. Just tone it down with the kite-surfing pictures. I’m glad he’s having a nice time – America is on fire.”
To make matters worse, FOX News cited Oliver’s comments that were made in February. It is now June.
Meanwhile, as the conservative outlet continues to bury its head in the sand regarding Republicans’ draconian healthcare bill, former President Obama himself has spoken out in opposition to it:
“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family ― this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”
Perhaps a network that so vehemently espouses personal liberties should let an American citizen vacation when he wants. That being said, rarely do modern Republicans actually back the values that they claim to champion.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.