This goes into the Media Literacy Learning Track.
Notice the Headline of the original story that got Fox News talking was, “Obamas under fire from the left for never ending, sizzling ultra-luxury vacations.”
Well this is news to me. I stay pretty up-to-date with “liberal” media. I’ve not head any of my Liberal friends “fire” on the Obama’s over their ultra-luxury vacations. Nor, am I, a huge Liberal offering any criticism of the Obama’s over their ultra-luxury vacations.
So, I wondered, what were the facts here. Just who on the left is throwing fire at the Obama’s.
Here is what Fox News said,
“These trips are like the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” said Democratic strategist Pat Caddell. The former adviser to ex-President Jimmy Carter believes that President Obama’s vacations are unprecedented, and a far cry from how Carter spent his first few months out of office.
Calling Caddell a “Democratic strategist” is probably even even more disingenuous than labeling Republican Dick Morris a “former Clinton advisor.” It’s possible Caddell has done some strategizing on behalf of Democrats in the 40 years since Carter left office but in the present, Caddell is a long-time confidant of Donald Trump adviser and former Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon. In other words, Caddell has shown himself to be a Trumper through-and-through. Wallace is either shockingly ill-informed or deliberately trying to pull the wool over Fox readers’ eyes.
If you thought that becoming a private citizen meant that former President Barack Obama could take a vacation without being scolded by Fox News , think again. Fox’s excuse this time is that it’s “just reporting” on left-wing criticism. Recently, on FoxNews.com, reporter Christopher Wallace (who does not appear […]
So, Fox News, picks a guy, Pat Caddell, calls him a “left wing” and then extrapolates this to mean that all of us on the left are criticizing Obama big time about this.
Clearly you see the problem right? This is also a great example of a “Strawman Argument.”