Obama Adviser Lashes Out at Fox News Amid Questions over Deleted Footage
Top Obama press adviser Jen Psaki lashed out at Fox News on Thursday after being pressed for clarification over her statements on press briefing footage that the State Department admitted had been deliberately deleted from a public archive.
The department acknowledged Wednesday that several minutes of video from the 2013 briefing – at which then-State Department spokeswoman Psaki appeared to acknowledge misleading the press over the Iran nuclear deal – had been intentionally cut. The order apparently came from an official in the public affairs office, but that individual has not been identified.
Psaki, who is now White House communications director, issued a statement late Wednesday saying it wasn’t her:
“I had no knowledge of nor would I have approved of any form of editing or cutting my briefing transcript on any subject while at the State Department. I believe deeply in providing the press as much information on important issues as possible.”
Fox News’ James Rosen, though, sent Psaki an email seeking clarification, noting that the issue was not edits to the “transcript” but the actual “video” of the briefing.
Psaki responded that her statement also “applies to the video” – but then went on to accuse Rosen of “vilifying” her without evidence.