There were two distinctly separate stories that took place on the island of Nantucket over the long 4th of July weekend. The first was that a CBS producer reported spotting Secretary of State John Kerry sailing while Egypt was in turmoil. The State Department denied that Kerry was sailing off Nantucket, and insinuated that he was in Washington, D.C. After many more photos of Kerry on Nantucket were tweeted around the world, the State Department, caught in a lie, retracted that denial, admitting only that Kerry went sailing “briefly” (which is true provided your definition of “briefly” is “a couple of days”).

The other story from Nantucket was that John Kerry’s wife, Teresa, had been rushed to the hospital, reportedly in critical but stable condition at the time (thankfully she’s since been upgraded to “fair”).

Both of these stories can be reported on without them being considered “mean spirited,” as long as we don’t lose focus on where much of the criticism was centered:

Exactly. Somebody taking ill shouldn’t provide the government cover for lying to the public.