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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:12 PM

State Dept. 'Apologizes' to FOX for 'Completely Mauled' Transcript Of Reporter's Questions

The Daily Beast ‏@thedailybeast

State Department Fires Back at Fox http://thebea.st/TzsM8t #cheatsheet

____ Now that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is out of the hospital, the State Department is fighting back against those who questioned the legitimacy of her health scare-- in particular Fox News correspondent Justin Fishel. In a letter directed at Fishel, State Department spokesperson Philippe Reines sarcastically apologized for including Fishel’s expressed doubts about Clinton’s condition in a press briefing last week. “Because after what we and her doctors explained over the weekend regarding her health, you couldn’t possibly have been insinuating the ulterior motive that the question implies. No way. No credible journalist would do that without any basis whatsoever,” Reines wrote .So far, Fishel hasn't responded. Let the feuding begin.


read at WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/01/02/fox-news-producer-was-scolded-by-state-department/?print=1

Justin –

We owe you an apology. And I’m adding Bryan so he’s aware of how badly we erred. I’m almost embarrassed to even admit this – but somehow your question at today’s Daily Press Briefing was somehow completely mauled and transcribed in the release below this way:

“Toria, can you expand on why Secretary Clinton can’t testify on Thursday about this? It seems that she has not been available to testify on the Benghazi situation on some very key dates, including the Sunday after 9/11 and now this Thursday.”

I just called them and read them the riot act for putting such misleading, accusatory, and absolutely asinine words in your mouth. Because after what we and her doctors explained over the weekend regarding her health, you couldn’t possibly have been insinuating the ulterior motives that question implies. No way. No credible journalist would do that without any basis whatsoever. But even more so, I really went to bat for you with folks here and told them that while I know the media can often be incredibly self-involved, there is no way you, an informed reporter, would equate one’s testifying before the United States Congress – made up of duly elected Senators and Representatives empowered by Article I of our Constitution – with going on tv. I don’t know Chris Wallace all that well, but I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t place his television show on par with one of the three branches of our government. And therefore, saying that this has happened on multiple ‘key dates’ is simply a blatant lie and grossly misleading to the public.

Anyway, our sincere apologies. If you send us what you really said, I’ll make sure it’s properly reflected.
Best,

Philippe



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Reply State Dept. 'Apologizes' to FOX for 'Completely Mauled' Transcript Of Reporter's Questions (Original post)
bigtree Jan 2013 OP
bongbong Jan 2013 #1
Jim Lane Jan 2013 #18
samsingh Jan 2013 #2
Cha Jan 2013 #3
louis-t Jan 2013 #4
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #5
pacalo Jan 2013 #6
Jackpine Radical Jan 2013 #7
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colorado_ufo Jan 2013 #9
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #10
RVN VET Jan 2013 #12
msanthrope Jan 2013 #11
rivegauche Jan 2013 #13
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #14
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bigtree Jan 2013 #15
BootinUp Jan 2013 #17

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:19 PM

1. The predictable reply from Fox "news" will be ....

 

WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Response to bongbong (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:59 PM

18. Their most predictable reply is to blame things on an intern or a very junior employee.

With their guy on camera asking the question, though, that'll be a little hard in this case.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:19 PM

2. fox is the lowest form of garbage and equates to

the propaganda machines of the most vile regimes in history. it is only American laws that keep it from spiraling even further out of control .

we should praise and be grateful to outlets like MSNBC, Jon Stewart, and Colbert for standing up to the vile fox hypocritical, tyrannical, traitors.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:38 PM

3. BRAVO! Way to call out teh stupid..

Philippe Reines at the State Department!

Thanks bigtree

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:51 PM

4. I love snarky statements from the administration.

Best way to play these r/w assholes.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:59 PM

5. Oh, fuck me...

That was brilliant!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:18 PM

6. That was a MASTERFUL approach in dealing with the stupid!

If you watch the video at the WaPo link, the Fixed News reporter, in following up with several more equally-accusatory questions, seemed to want to make it clear to everyone in the room that his network was the champion of conspiracy theories.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:30 PM

7. BREAKING-STATE DEPT APOLOGIZES TO FOX OVER CLINTON HEALTH LIE

Hey Roger, do I get the job now?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:36 PM

8. That was fucking awesome. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:42 PM

9. A thing of beauty!

Wow . . . THAT'S going to leave a mark - a mighty big one!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:00 PM

10. Burn!

I would hate to be on the recieving end of that wit!

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Response to LisaLynne (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:20 PM

12. Only because you are smart enough to catch the snark

Fox folks ain't. It will be greeted with a shrug as they prepare the next bag of lies and conspiracy fantasy.

(And i feel so glad that State stomped on the Fox mofos, I won't even mention "except after 'c'").

(Oh, damn!)


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:19 PM

11. This is the same aide that told CNN to 'Fuck Off.' I like him. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:36 PM

13. do those stupid fucks even understand sarcasm?

I'm really asking here, those people are so blind to everything else, they'll probably take that at face value.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:05 PM

14. Eh. Sarcasm fail. Fox guy was ass but State guy sounds kinda juvenile himself.

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:53 PM

16. Really? I find the style to be more along the lines of Twain or Will Rogers.

Not juvenile at all.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:18 PM

15. .

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:47 PM

17. Snap!

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