The White House yesterday canceled all public events for the day, as President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base to pay his respects to the American servicemen killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. After the caskets came off the plane, the president spent about 70 minutes meeting informally with approximately 250 family members and fellow servicemen and women.

A few hours later, Fox News held a panel discussion on the day’s events yesterday, and Andrew Napolitano saw the ceremony in Delaware as part of a political scheme.

“Instead [of economic moves], [Obama] segued it to something we all agree with, which is remorse and sorrow over the loss the SEALs in Afghanistan.

“That was a very clever way of trying to get the economy off the front page, but it didn’t work, Mr. President.”

This is what Fox News has been reduced to. After one of the deadliest days for U.S. troops in a decade-long war, the Commander in Chief greets returning caskets … and Fox News sees a political ploy.

I could note that if this was some kind of media-manipulation scheme, the White House would have brought a slew of reporters and television cameras, and the fact that this was a private, dignified ceremony belies Napolitano’s cheap accusations, but facts clearly aren’t relevant.

Obviously, the Republican cable news network has a lot invested in condemning the president in every possible instance, but is it too much to ask that Fox accept some limits?

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.