The “big three” networks continue to refuse to report on the US State Department’s manipulation of archived video, even after Secretary of State John Kerry publically demanded answers. The State Department has since announced that it is expanding its investigation into who ordered the video edited. “The state department is reversing course, saying it will investigate who ordered a cut to a 2013 state department briefing,” Fox News’ Shannon Bream reported Wednesday on Special Report.
The roughly eight-minute portion of video included Fox News reporter James Rosen probing then State Department Spokeswomen Jen Psaki on the department’s policy on lying to reporters:
JAMES ROSEN: Is it the policy of the State Department, where the preservation of the secrecy of secret negotiations is concerned, to lie in order to achieve that goal?
JEN PSAKI: James, I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that.
Driving the controversy is the State Department’s constantly changing explanation for what happened to the missing section of video. First reporters were told there was a glitch in the video, which later changed to someone ordering the video taken down, cut, and reposted. Reporters were also told that no one could remember who ordered the video edited since it was ordered over the phone.
Helping to stoke anger over the issue was Public Affairs Assistant John Kirby who had announced the initial investigation found no wrongdoing. CNN’s Jake Tapper laid it all out when he blew up over the subject back on June 3.
June 8, 2016
6:26:18 PM Eastern
SHANNON BREAM: The state department is reversing course, saying it will investigate who ordered a cut to a 2013 state department briefing. The video discovered by Fox News last month cut out an eight-minute portion which included Fox News correspondent James Rosen asking then spokeswoman Jen Psaki about negotiations in the Iran nuclear deal. The state department initially said the edit was ordered over the phone, but they couldn't figure out who was responsible.