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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The State Department has always been at war with Eastasia Fox News.

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Buck Farack

Nutstuyu on September 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The lede photo looks like it’s from an SNL skit.

Ward Cleaver on September 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Missed it by that/much

Nutstuyu on September 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

It’s the State Dept. Dumb is what they do.

Bitter Clinger on September 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

State = Shrillary’s Legacy

socalcon on September 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Oh noes! Marie’s bezzie mate, Jen P (pronounced “Jen”), had her feelings hurt by the big meanie O’Reilly. But don’t worry, they’re going to snub him in the lunchroom during 5th period today.

KGB on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

This is what happens when you fill a state department with hot young coeds instead of the old men who actually know things and have something called experience.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

As a canadian, during the Cold War, I remember the State Department taking the side of the Russians POV (USSR), and slagging with faint disapproval the american (Reagen) president

Nice to see nothing has changed, except they’re.. worse…

Jean-M

Gauthijm on September 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

This is what happens when you fill a state department with hot young coeds Ugly Azz Women who hate Men,
instead of the old men who actually know things and have
something called experience.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

FIFY

ToddPA on September 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Marie Harf has gained about 30 pounds of passive-aggressive body weight this year.

mjbrooks3 on September 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Obama comes alive and is on fire rhetorically and emotionally when it comes to attacking Republicans in Congress, -but not ISIS.

That subject turns him into Mr. Mumbles Von Diffident.

To Barack the enemy is his political opposition at home, not Islamic beheaders rampaging abroad.

Priorities, priorities.

profitsbeard on September 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

When the isis gets to the gates of hell, crazy joe will be waiting for them….the Lord doesn’t take kindly to shedding innocent blood, especially babies. crazy joe and his party will be wearing the latest in millstones.

Memo to state dept: Name change ptaki s/b ptooey and harf s/b barf.
That is all

crosshugger on September 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

BREAKING:

US State Department announces groundbreaking for Office of Hashtag Development and Management

BobMbx on September 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Perhaps O’Reilly should declare himself a member of ISIS than the obama admin. will leave him alone. Where do they get people like this spokesman? Sheesh! We are so screwed.

warmairfan on September 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

If Jen Psaki’s brain were gunpowder, it wouldn’t be enough to reload one cartridge.

ConstantineXI on September 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Why shouldn’t her feelings and self esteem take precedence over war crimes and ethnic cleansing?

trubble on September 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Psaki and Harf think they are still Co Chair of the Fall Formal…..but they do reflect honestly on the Secretary of State

d1carter on September 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The only question is will the State Department train their lethal hashtags on Fox’s Washington Bureau near Union Station, or will they target the main headquarters on Sixth Avenue?

jon1979 on September 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Well that figures….

sorrowen on September 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Marie Harf has gained about 30 pounds of passive-aggressive body weight this year.

mjbrooks3 on September 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Big Mooch seems to be getting heavier too.

She certainly doesn’t eat any of the stuff she’s forcing schookids to eat (not at Sidwell Friends though)

ConstantineXI on September 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Marie Harf has gained about 30 pounds of passive-aggressive body weight this year.

mjbrooks3 on September 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on September 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Faux news does nothing more than distract Americans with info they really don’t need. The major networks satisfactorily distributed our nation’s required information for many decades prior to the Potemkin fascists at Faux.

This cancer must be removed if we ever hope to return to a true democracy.

Frank Lib on September 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Marie Harf has gained about 30 pounds of passive-aggressive body weight this year.

mjbrooks3 on September 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

She should switch to Diet Spite.

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

This is what happens when you fill a state department with hot young coeds instead of the old men who actually know things and have something called experience.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

But the slumber parties and the pillow fights are awesome sauce!

Ward Cleaver on September 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

pfat

faraway on September 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This is what happens when you fill a state department with hot young coeds instead of the old men who actually know things and have something called experience.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

We’re waiting.

NOMOBO on September 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Great NEWS … Libya prepares for CIVIL WAR!

RESET KILLARY! What a fantastic outcome. Talk about a Resume Builder!
Now, see if John Forbes Kerry will answer that 3 AM phone call from Ambassador Stevens. Oh, … wait … what?

Missilengr on September 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Single out and destroy. It’s the Chicago Way via Alinsky. She’s trying to ape her overlords but she’s not even up to the task and looks like a middle schooler protecting her friend from a meanie.

Drained Brain on September 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Faux news does nothing more than distract Americans with info they really don’t need. The major networks satisfactorily distributed our nation’s required information for many decades prior to the Potemkin fascists at Faux.

This cancer must be removed if we ever hope to return to a true democracy.

Frank Lib

A+ for satire!!!!

BD57 on September 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM

When a State dept spokesthing has to resort to namecalling of a news channel they have lost any grain of respect they may have had and lose all credibilty. The Mom of the State Dept. must have a very large basement filled with tin foil for their hat making operation.

Sven on September 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

#Windsurfingduringbeheadings

d1carter on September 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

OT?:

Woman beheaded ‘with machete’ in north London garden

Scotland Yard gave few details but said that a man has been arrested. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a man with a machete in the area.
There is no suggestion that the killing had any terrorist motive.

kcewa on September 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Will King Putt (of Pen&Phone) play nice and ask the IS (Islamic Savages) go give back his Consulate in Tripoli?

Missilengr on September 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

In other news from that wacky State Department, wind surfer John Kerry says, that it’s the biblical “responsibility” to “confront climate change” and protect “vulnerable muslim majority communities.”

http://moonbattery.com/?p=49886

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Fascists can’t tolerate any criticism.

rbj on September 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

This is what happens when you fill a state department with hot young coeds instead of the old men who actually know things and have something called experience.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I would find them hot only after a 10 year prison sentence in Sing Sing.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

She should switch to Diet Spite.

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I just did a spit take – you owe me a new monitor!

Hill60 on September 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Single out and destroy. It’s the Chicago Way via Alinsky. She’s trying to ape her overlords but she’s not even up to the task and looks like a middle schooler protecting her friend from a meanie.

Drained Brain on September 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Yes. It’s just interesting that they always want to destroy other Americans, never the real enemy.

Bitter Clinger on September 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

To Barack the enemy is his political opposition at home, not Islamic beheaders rampaging abroad…

profitsbeard on September 4, 2014 at 12:52

“Hostage takers” are exclusively Republican.

wolfsDad on September 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

This is what happens when you fill a state department with hot young coeds instead of the old men who actually know things and have something called experience.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I would find them hot only after a 10 year prison sentence in Sing Sing.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

The amount of heat that pair generates wouldn’t power a single Chrsitmas tree bulb.

Bitter Clinger on September 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

*Christmas

Bitter Clinger on September 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Gallup: Obama Approval Rating Falls to 38%

sentinelrules on September 4, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Flash: Obama 38% approval – lowest of Presidency

#WarOnGallup

faraway on September 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

To Barack the enemy is his political opposition at home, not Islamic beheaders rampaging abroad.

Priorities, priorities.

profitsbeard on September 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Well yeah. You wouldn’t want to stop Islamic Jihadists before they get the chance to start sawing the heads off of conservatives and Republicans, would you?

Barack the Sun King certainly wouldn’t.

HikaruKitsune on September 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Maroons

cmsinaz on September 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

This is what happens when you fill a state department with hot young coeds instead of the old men who actually know things and have something called experience.

Star Bird on September 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I would find them hot only after a 10 year prison sentence in Sing Sing.

Oil Can on September 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM
The amount of heat that pair generates wouldn’t power a single Chrsitmas tree bulb.

Bitter Clinger on September 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Unkempt feminists need love too.

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

Red-headed scumhag has NO gravitas.

She and Harf are the risible US kindergarten on the world stage, for the daily entertainment of the Russians and the global populace.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 1:12 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

To Barack the enemy is his political opposition at home, not Islamic beheaders rampaging abroad.

Priorities, priorities.

profitsbeard on September 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The beheaders never criticize Obamacare, Lois Lerner, or Eric Holder.

Ward Cleaver on September 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Unkempt feminists need love too.

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

Then let them go lesbian and love each other.

Bitter Clinger on September 4, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Faux news does nothing more than distract Americans with info they really don’t need. The major networks satisfactorily distributed our nation’s required information for many decades prior to the Potemkin fascists at Faux.

This cancer must be removed if we ever hope to return to a true democracy.

Frank Lib on September 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Tissue?

D-fusit on September 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Can’t wait for the O’Reilly response at 5 pm (my time)…

“Release batteries! Fire! Fire! Fire at will!”

Khun Joe on September 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Faux news does nothing more than distract Americans with info they really don’t need. The major networks satisfactorily distributed our nation’s required information for many decades prior to the Potemkin fascists at Faux.

This cancer must be removed if we ever hope to return to a true democracy.

Frank Lib on September 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Spoken like a true communist…

PatriotRider on September 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The Administration is like a class packed packed full with kindergarteners that have held back for like 30 years in a row.

Dusty on September 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

No one pays any attention to these two nitwits, other than to wonder why State is employing them so far above their bar maid / waitress talent level.

Jaibones on September 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

GALLUP: OBAMA 38% APPROVAL; LOWEST OF PRESIDENCY… DEVELOPING…

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Black = 89% +9

Hispanic = 48% -7

Democrat = 77% +1

kcewa on September 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

James Rosen is fantastic.

He’s always under their thin skin, enjoying himself. No wonder they’re after him.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Dusty on September 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The Sweathogs.

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

O’Reilly last night, to Rosen “I’m sorry but those women at state have no gravitas”.

Man, oh man :)

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

This is what happens when you let state department men fill hot young coeds.

FIFY

docflash on September 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

No one pays any attention to these two nitwits, other than to wonder why State is employing them so far above their bar maid / waitress talent level.

Jaibones on September 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Da, the Russians do. They are eternally fascinated with this idiocy on daily displays.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

.

#wearemakingthisupaswegoalong@statedeptspox

.

goatbod on September 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The lede photo looks like it’s from an SNL skit.

Ward Cleaver on September 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I think Psaki must look like someone from the early- to mid-80s SNL, because I have that thought every time I see that pic or a similar one.

The State Dept certainly acts like they’re on a SNL stage……….

GWB on September 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

She should switch to Diet Spite.
Flange on September 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

[grabs sham-wow and Windex...sets extras out on the table to the right...enters under "Post Spit Take Clean-up"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on September 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

What’s the pstrategy?

faraway on September 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Screw following ‘em to the “Gates of Hell” Joe. That’s just more of your “leading from behind” crap. We need to be the travel agent.

WryTrvllr on September 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Did Jonathan Karl have the day off or something?

Newtie and the Beauty on September 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Perhaps those of us who point out the stupidity coming out of this administration’s defenders are being overly redundant in mocking the White House and their acolytes.

These supposed defenders do such a good job of showing themselves and the administration’s behavior to be utterly ridiculous.

On the other hand, there do seem to be a lot of Americans in a state of denial, still claiming this administration is the ‘most transparent’, ‘most competent’, ‘most respected’, etc., so perhaps pointing out the obvious failures and flaws of the administration is not entirely superfluous.

If nothing else, it will give future historians writing about the early 21st century some evidence that not everyone was totally fooled, and a few Americans did not naively drink the government-proffered Koolaid.

s1im on September 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

This administration is completely fckd up. Totally. Either by design or by complete incompetence, but it is so tiring to see this happening day after day after day. I’m starting to believe that we will not survive the remaining time of Obama’s term.

HiJack on September 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Harf rhymes with BARF – not a coincidence!

MicahStone on September 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

This isn’t self-parody, this is how a dictatorship behaves. Have we forgotten Baghdad Bob? Have we forgotten Russian state propaganda?

This is absolutely not how the office of the United States of America interacts with its OWNERS!

Skywise on September 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Two journalists already followed ISIS to the Gates of Hell.

faraway on September 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Gotta share this.

The perfect analogy to Obama playing with the big boys.

“High 5″

BobMbx on September 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I call it “Harfing the narrative”.

instugator on September 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Frank Lib on September 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Well played, Sir!

Newtie and the Beauty on September 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Remember when Psaki was named the State Dept spokesperson? It was simply a stopover until Jay Carney left and she took over for him…I wonder why Obama picked a white man over her for Press Secretary?

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/02/15/what_jen_psaki_faces_as_the_new_state_spokeswoman

airupthere on September 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Harf is, after all, an Obama regime political appointee. Baghdad Bobbette on the Potomac.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

More smart power

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Troops React To Biden’s “Gates Of Hell” Comment: “How The F*ck Are We Going To Do That When We Can’t Leave The Front Gate Of Our Base!?”…

America’s GI “boots on the ground” in Iraq are so frustrated with the White House message about their mission against the Islamic State — which Vice President Biden vowed Wednesday to chase “to the gates of Hell” — that they’re wondering how they’ll accomplish the goal “when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base.”

Biden on Wednesday delivered what was probably the toughest statement to date from the administration, declaring, after another U.S. journalist was beheaded by the Islamic State, “we will follow them to the gates of Hell until they are brought to justice.”

But his tough talk was at odds with a message delivered earlier in the day by President Obama, who said that while his administration’s goal is to “destroy” ISIS — it also is to “shrink” it to a “manageable problem.”

Amid the mixed messages, a source in contact with special operators in Iraq told Fox News that “frustration and confusion reign” among Americans on the ground there.

The source relayed the complaint of an unnamed special operator: “Chase them to the Gates of Hell? How the [f---] are we going to do that when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base!?”

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

If you gots to tell the world that you is classy, then you isn’t.

TimBuk3 on September 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Faux news does nothing more than distract Americans with info they really don’t need. The major networks satisfactorily distributed our nation’s required information for many decades prior to the Potemkin fascists at Faux.

This cancer must be removed if we ever hope to return to a true democracy.

Frank Lib on September 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Okay, own up to it, guys. Who’s the sockpuppeteer?

You could at least try to make it believable…

JohnGalt23 on September 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

GALLUP: OBAMA 38% APPROVAL; LOWEST OF PRESIDENCY… DEVELOPING…

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Black = 89% +9

Hispanic = 48% -7

Democrat = 77% +1

kcewa on September 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

What is tragic is that the approval from blacks is 89%, while the approval from whites is 30%. Whatever happened to judging a man by his character, not the color of his skin? MLK must be turning over in his grave. Obysmal has done more to destroy racial equality in this country in the past six years than the KKK has done in the last 100.

NOMOBO on September 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

“The lede photo looks like it’s from an SNL skit.

Ward Cleaver on September 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM”

So it’s not just me – everytime I see Harf or Jen “professionals don’t use their sorority nicknames” Psaki I think at first it’s a shot from an SNL skit.

Rivers on September 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

The whole Obama administration lacks gravitas and a clue. Who put these people in charge? Oh that’s right, the American voter. Thanks American voter, your ignorance is inspiring.

potvin on September 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Adults in charge.

Shy Guy on September 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Psaki is an embarrassment, and that’s saying something in an admin full of them.

changer1701 on September 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The State Department has always been at war with Eastasia Fox News America.

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Fixed the fix.

TerryW on September 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Suck it up, White House info lady. You’re an adult, so why not act like one? I suppose it’s hard to when el presidente acts like a spoiled child.

Othniel on September 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Don’t mess with the USA we’ll put a hashtag on your ass

gxbhkt on September 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Remember when every State Dept. spokesperson wasn’t a dumbass sorority pledge?

tetriskid on September 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

The Russian blogs are full of jibes at the State spokeschicks and their general cluelessness and total lack of gravitas, but underlying it all is a profound sense of unease. They simply can’t understand how the mighty United States of America could allow such people to represent them on the world stage. The consensus seems to be that we either have gone collectively insane or that the country is on the verge of some kind of internal upheaval, or something like that. It sure ain’t your father’s Cold War Adversary anymore, eh Ivan?

spiritof61 on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

If anyone cared to make the argument that women are genetically incapable of holding high office and exerting leadership or executive ability, Harf and Psaki would make outstanding examples.

And still the Administration trots them out daily, apparently oblivious to their weak and frivolous characters.

Does this mean Harf and Psaki are actually the best and brightest of the collective womenfolk behind the scenes in this Administration?

Dolce Far Niente on September 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

“see the Big Rainbow get caught by a Loon on the Lake!”

Frank Lib on September 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Harf —somewhere a sorority is missing a sister.

claudius on September 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

If I’m ever President, Megyn Kelly will be my spokesperson …. you’re welcome.

Deafdog on September 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Thanks, Deafdog, I’ll vote for you.

claudius on September 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

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