Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen blasted State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki and Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf for "twisting words" and launching "a baseless charge of sexism" against Bill O'Reilly.
Rosen said his questioning of Psaki on the U.S. strategy against ISIL elicited accusations of "twisting President Obama's words" when, in fact, Psaki, Harf, and Secretary of State John Kerry are guilty of twisting words:
Rare, Bill, are the occasions when you have a job like mine, where you can wallow in triumphalism. But recent events have so thoroughly vindicated my performance over here at the State Department that propriety virtually compels us to linger over them just a bit.
Not only do you have Gen. Clapper saying what Sec. Kerry could not bring himself to acknowledge in my interview with him, but I also want to remind you about my recent exchanges with the State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, with whom I have a great collegial relationship. Nonetheless you will remember these exchanges, Bill, because as a result of them, a baseless charge of sexism was mounted against from you these very precincts.
I spent several days trying to ask Jen Psaki whether we are in fact at war with ISIS–queries which prompted her to accuse me of playing word games and, quote, "twisting President Obama's words."
Within 72 hours, Secretary of State Kerry himself could be heard zestfully chiming in with White House and Pentagon officials that, indeed, we are at war with ISIS in the same way that we are at war with al Qaeda. And so one presumes that the senior officials at the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House, Mrs. Psaki's own colleagues, are also in performing the twist.