State Department spokesman John Kirby appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday morning to personally thank Fox News reporter James Rosen for uncovering the fact that a press briefing video had been edited to remove a damaging admission.
In a December 2013 press briefing, Kirby’s predecessor Jen Psaki appeared to imply that the State Department would lie to reporters if it meant preserving secret negotiations with Iran. Rosen accidentally discovered the clip had been edited out when he asked a producer to pull it three years later for a segment, and reported on its omission on Special Report.
After Kirby announced Wednesday that an investigation had determined that the edit was deliberate and not a “glitch” as originally claimed, he went on Fox to address the controversy. “Before I answer your question, I want to thank James Rosen, your correspondent, for bringing this to my attention. Because if he hadn’t a couple of weeks ago I would have never known this occurred,” he said.
“So first of all, kudos to him,” he continued. “And he’s a journalist I have great respect for, so I thank him for that.”
“There is no cover-up,” Kirby said when questioned further. “Not at all. And I think you guys know me well enough to know that I would never abide by any such thing.”
Watch the exchange above, via Fox News.
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