Fox News host Harris Faulkner suggested on Monday that President Barack Obama had spurred the recent trend of people taking inappropriate photographs of themselves at Auschwitz and sites of other tragedies.
Over the weekend, The New York Post blasted “self-absorbed jerks” who had posted “selfies” of themselves in front of the site of an explosion in East Village.
By Monday, Fox News had found a way to link the distasteful photographs to the president.
“When the president does it, you’ve got a whole new generation now,” Faulkner opined. “I’m not just picking on the older adults and protecting the little kids.”
“But you’ve got a bar that’s moving now,” she explained. “That gold standard isn’t what it used to be. You’ve got on a weekend, we’re talking Islamic state, we’re talking all sorts of things, and you’ve got a president with a selfie stick that’s as tall as I am taking pictures of himself, ‘Can’t get my hand in the cookie jar!’ Like, I’m not making this up.”
“But that’s different that a selfie in front of a burning building,” Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry noted.
“I’m not blaming President Obama,” Faulkner insisted. “I’m just saying that it’s not happening in a vacuum. You have people in positions of authority doing all sorts of silly stuff. What about Nelson Mandela’s funeral? Selfie with the president!”
According to Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, the “self-celebration generation” was to blame.
“Everything is important,” she remarked. “So if everything is important then nothing is important. Right?”
“As Harris points out, the bar has been moved, and let me tell you something, we’re tripping over it,” Tantaros added.
“People should be smart enough to realize you don’t take a selfie at Auschwitz,” Henry agreed. “Why do we even have to tell someone that?”
Faulkner did not explain how President Obama’s use of a “selfie stick” in a video to promote the Affordable Care Act in February influenced a teen who had taken the smiling selfie at Auschwitz six months earlier.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Outnumbered, broadcast March 30, 2015.