Great news: State Department goes to war … with Fox News

posted at 12:41 pm on September 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Well, at least they’re willing to fight someone. When Fox News reporter James Rosen explained to Bill O’Reilly that Jen Psaki didn’t have a very good answer for the contradictory messages coming from Barack Obama yesterday as to the goals of his administration in dealing with ISIS, Psaki’s colleague Marie Harf took exception to the discussion, which included a criticism of Psaki’s “gravitas” and her ability to handle the job. Rather than dealing with the actual issue of the Obama administration’s utter incoherence on the approach to ISIS, Harf and State have decided that the real enemy is … Bill O’Reilly:

Just in case the State Department belatedly comes to its senses and has Harf delete that tweet, here’s a screencap:

harf-tweet

Well, here’s the actual segment tweeted out by Harf, and the segment doesn’t seem to be all that remarkable. Critics have peppered Psaki’s performance, especially her emphasis on hashtags for messaging, for a while. O’Reilly’s criticism didn’t tip over into unprofessional commentary or classlessness in any way, unless one defines class as “don’t criticize Obama or the State Department.” In fact, Rosen seems almost complimentary to John Kerry toward the end:

Let’s get this straight. Russia has all but seized eastern Ukraine, Islamist terrorists have seized a large part of Syria and Iraq, Libya has collapsed into a failed state run by other Islamist terrorists, and Boko Haram has declared its own caliphate in Africa, and … this is what gets Harf’s attention? A run-of-the-mill segment breaking down the same incoherence on messaging that practically everyone else noticed and highlighted yesterday?

Good to know that the State Department has its priorities in order. Maybe Harf can start a hashtag for the new offensive: #WeveGotNothingBetterToDo.

Update: David Steinberg calls this another example of “the State Department’s self-parodizing.”


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Seriously, are there no career people left to put in front of the cameras to answer questions?

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Wait…you mean smirking, playing with your hair and slinging mud aren’t solid qualifications for State Dept spokes job?

jangle12 on September 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

It’s incompetence in the State Department. Like hires like – smart people surround themselves with smart people; sycophants surround themselves with sycophants; passive or passive/aggressive govt employees surround themselves with passive/passive aggressive employees.

People unfamiliar with reality, need I say more?

MN J on September 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Psaki and Harf
the sound of their names being spoken, reminds me of chalk on a board.
And yes, as someone else mentioned, seeing Psaki at the podium she in fact reminds me of an SNL skit. Dumb ass toad stool she is.

woodhull on September 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Kerry does seem to prefer the dumb bimbo spokesmodel, doesn’t he?

Adjoran on September 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

What I think we need is an official federal government policy that the only people / agencies employed by the federal government that are authorized to use twitter in any remotely official capacity are the Official PR departments of the various federal agencies.

Unless you are posting to twitter from the PR office of, say, the EPA PR dept., you simple DO NOT engage in anything even resembling your job on twitter. Period, End of discussion.

Is this really the kind of crap our tax money is going to ? So State Dept. employees can spend their time engaging in a twitter war with Fox News because a segment gets their panties in a bunch ?

Good lord.

deadrody on September 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Gird your loins…things are about to get way, way worse.

JetBoy on September 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The only area of competence in the Obama administration is attacking other Americans via PR. Whether it be the media or other politicians, this is the sum total of their skill set and thus, their default course of action in any situation.

talkingpoints on September 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

JetBoy on September 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

How and why?

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Adjoran on September 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Makes them wear glasses so no one will notice.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

No wonder terrorist and rogue nations are trying to take advantage of us, we have nothing other than Ivy League sorority girl bimbo’s running around the State Dept and UN with incoherent messages. (see Psaki, Harf, Weinberg,& Power)

Tater Salad on September 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

The State Department: Gift that keeps on giving

vnvet on September 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Gird your loins…things are about to get way, way worse.

JetBoy on September 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I’m not concerned about ISIS, per se, but these jokers in D.C. know that the economy is failing and that we’re sitting on multiple bubbles that could burst at any time.

Either the real deal or a false flag event could deflect blame for a failed economy from themselves (both parties and their corporate/banker cronies).

A massive terror attack could be the excuse they need to put the screws to us in order to maintain a decent level of stability and maintain their power.

And given how even intelligent, aware people fall for false flag attacks and run to the Flag when the truth is perverted enough by those in authority, and someone they don’t like in the first place is blamed, I don’t think the “authorities” will have too many problems if they do something like this.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Makes them wear glasses so no one will notice.
Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

These

Newtie and the Beauty on September 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

They might have a valid point with this one. O’Reilly has been notably slow on the uptake side of all things 0. On the other hand its Psaki, not too bright that one. Draw?

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 4:38 PM

I just discovered that Jen Psaki is married. Heartbroken. I think she’s a beautiful woman. Drat.

Walter L. Newton on September 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Hey, Marie, don’t forget to hit O’Reilly with your purse.

Or knapsack.

Or hiking boots.

Whatever.

Maddie on September 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I just discovered that Jen Psaki is married. Heartbroken. I think she’s a beautiful woman. Drat.

Walter L. Newton on September 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Is the fat blonde bimbo still available?

No?

How ’bout a jar of peanut butter? Same IQ and fewer calories.

Maddie on September 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I know I always think of an SNL skit when I see Jen Paski giving a briefing.

jake49 on September 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

“Seriously, are there no career people left to put in front of the cameras to answer questions?
Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM”
You know very well you can’t reasonably combine “seriously” with any aspect of the 0bama administration without an inherent oxymoron!

russedav on September 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

“I know I always think of an SNL skit when I see Jen Paski giving a briefing.
jake49 on September 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM”

Not possible. Folk that competent would never be allowed anywhere near the 0bamanation administration.

russedav on September 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Unkempt feminists need love too.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

No they don’t.

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Denying unkempt feminists the right to be loved is racist.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Good to know that the State Department has its priorities in order. Maybe Harf can start a hashtag for the new offensive: #WeveGotNothingBetterToDo.

How about #Wedonothaveaclue

Nomas on September 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Marie Harf Wolowitz.

Andrew X on September 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

The Snark Twins strike again.

Bet on September 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

How dare Rosen disrespect the hashtag!

DarthBrooks on September 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

All options are on the table.

(The problem is that Obama doesn’t know how to make a decision.)

ss396 on September 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I know I always think of an SNL skit when I see Jen Paski giving a briefing.

jake49 on September 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

This exactly. Since I don’t watch or know who’s on SNL, it’s the first thing that comes to mind.

bbhack on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Apparently, Harf believes gravitas is Latin for big, heavy glasses. Thus her confusion.

Festus on September 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Bill invited them BOTH on The Factor on Friday night…

Ladies: MAN UP!!

Khun Joe on September 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Definitely SNL material:

“Jen, you ignorant slut.”

NoPain on September 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Any other president would have sacked Psaki the third or fourth time she stuck her foot in her mouth, so the only conclusion one can arrive at is that Obama approves of the tripe that flows from her mouth and Twitter account.

pgrossjr on September 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM

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