Fox reporter challenges State Dept. on lies over secret Iran talks; doesn’t end well

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 7.05.41 AMA body language expert could have a field day analyzing the reaction of the State Department spokeswoman as she fumbled her way through pointed questions from a Fox News reporter on why reporters were lied to about the years long secret negotiations with Iran.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki kept breaking into odd, beaming smiles as Fox’s Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen pressed her on why the State Department continually denied the Obama administration was engaged in secret talks with Iran over its nuclear program, reportedly since 2011.

Referring to a February exchange with then-State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, who answered “no” when asked if members of the administration had “direct, secret bilateral talks with Iran,” Rosen asked Psaki: “The question today is a simply one: when the briefer was asked about those talks and flatly denied them, that was untrue, correct?”

“You’re talking about a February briefing, so ten months ago. I don’t think we’ve outlined or confirmed contacts or specifics beyond a March meeting. I’m not going to confirm or outline others beyond that at this point,” Psaki answered, laughing.

Rosen was unrelenting and ultimately asked Psaki if it “was 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?”

“James, I think there are times when diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that,” she answered.

Although not in the following video, the exchange continued with Politico reporting:

Rosen pressed Psaki on the thinking of State Department briefers on whether it would be appropriate to mislead reporters about matters such as sensitive diplomatic negotiations.

“I’m not going to do a psychiatrists’ chair today,” Psaki declared.

“What about a couch?” Rosen shot back.

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Watch the exchange here via Politico:

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  • Public_Man

    The policy of the Executive Branch appears to be all-lying, all the time. Too bad the major press organizations have ceased to exist.

  • Larry Mellette

    Anyone shocked?

    • Farrightofleft


    • David Markham

      Yes, I am. It must be because I’m very old fashion, but I think truth should never be replaced, and called old fashion! Obama, and his gang, and others lie to America, and the world every day, and we just shake our heads in despair, or complete wonder. I know that America, has lied before, and will again, but to have a so called leader stand in my white house, and lie all day long. He was raised like that, muslims do that. and do it often. But why do so many of his minions lie also, don’t they know that one day they will have to get another job, and don’t they really even care about who they are, or what people think of there parents, for raising such sick little followers, and major liars? Yes I am still so surprised that they keep lying to America. And NO ONE HOLDS THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

  • Scott Leger

    Rosen was unrelenting and ultimately asked Psaki if it “was 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?”,,,,,,,everything this administration says, is a lie to achieve a goal, you are in a stage of denial not known to man to still believe anything obama says.

    • Rob

      EliseR, Robbie(something) and LeBrasseur will never know even if it hit them between the eyes because they are all stupidly blind. Theirs is only one cause, and that is the Ayatollah Hussain Obama. Give then a few minutes and they will be here spinning this report.

  • Gammi2Anna

    Yes, she lied and deceived. Are we surprised? NO!!!! I guarantee you that the job requirements for any position within the Obama administration include ability to lie, keep a straight face, care nothing about how the lies you tell will affect your fellow Americans and be heartless. I’m sure they are also stringently tested to insure that none have a conscience.

  • Farrightofleft

    And the site “” argues that FoxNews ‘hires commenters to spread the right wing talking points’.

    I think it should be more like “”, don’t you think? And I got four words for them: Pot calling Kettle Black.

    I LMAO when one person attacks one network, but goes to another net to get THEIR talking points. I swear the liberals are better than cable television!

  • mcdonnal

    As Hillary Clinton famously said, “what difference at this point, does it make”? Little or nothing will come of this, we are dealing with a dictatorship.

  • Goeasy0

    I have no problem with secret negotiations, but have a major problem to secret deals.

  • Ted Paine

    From the most transparent administration ever!
    Bin – Lyin all the time LOL!!!

  • Doug

    My sources say Rosen is first in line for a Pulitzer.

  • ppjo

    American public has elected this administration on the promise of “free ice cream for all,” twice! Still no ice cream… It will happen again, as long as the voters believe they are voting for something that includes personal benefit. Our citizens are swallowing the lies of power-hungry Ponzi schemers. The existence of the gradually evolving and improving lifestyle for its citizens- the America of our fathers and forefathers cannot survive another administration like this one. American independence and individuality will dissolve However, American voters will make the decisive call….

    • Doug

      The stock market is my ice cream.

      • justme

        Well guess what…I’ve got ur topping hanging.

        • Doug