John Kerry aide tries to bully reporter ‘off the record’; turns out he wasn’t off the record!

John Kerry Photo: nationalreview.com
John Kerry Photo: nationalreview.com

As if stonewalling and prevaricating weren’t already hallmarks of the Obama administration, outright lying and distortion have also been confirmed.

A top aide to Secretary of State John Kerry sent an angry email to reporter Brendan Bordelon, chastising him for writing that the Secretary deliberately avoided Fox News and dating his recent appearances on their Sunday news show, the Daily Caller reported.

Except that these were fabrications.

Glen Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs, took exception to Bordelon’s inference that Kerry shut out Fox interviews until two crises within 24 hours compelled him to include the most popular news network in his Sunday appearances.

Additionally, he began his missive by stating, “Off the record, please…” which never holds water unless the journalist has agreed to it beforehand, which was not the case here. In other words, Johnson’s attempt to intimidate fell flat.

Johnson wrote, “EVERY TIME the Secretary has done round-robin interviews with Sunday talk shows, he has appeared on Fox. He did so this weekend, on March 2, on Nov. 24 and Sept. 1, when after six months on the job, he started to doing public interviews.”

Except that he didn’t.

Two days after Russia invaded Crimea, Kerry sat down with the mainstream media on March 2, but refused Fox’s invitation.

Following Obama’s agreement to break bread with the Iranians over the nuclear issue, Kerry appeared on CNN, ABC and CBS on Nov. 24, but skipped Fox.

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On Sept. 1 the Secretary did sit down with Fox, as he did with the other networks, marking more than 10 months between interviews.

Confronted by the facts, Johnson lamely sent an email to Bordelon saying, “Apologies for foisting inaccurate figures on you…there has been no effort to shut out or dodge Fox.”

Anyone who saw Kerry’s loss of composure during Sunday’s interview with Chris Wallace knew this was pure baloney, as the Secretary’s frustration and distaste for Fox News were viscerally apparent.

Similarly, Johnson’s bullying tactic of deceit proved counterproductive, as have most of this State Department’s policies and America’s deteriorating image overseas.

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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