State Dept. Goes To War With Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly

State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf ripped into Fox News host Bill O’Reilly over his criticism of the agency’s spokesperson, Jen Psaki.

During Wednesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” O’Reilly bashed Psaki and said she lacked the “gravitas” necessary for the position.

“With all due respect, and you don’t have to comment on this, that women looks way out of her depth over there,” he said. “Just the way she delivers, it just doesn’t look like she has the gravitas for that job.”

In the segment, Fox reporter James Rosen complained about Psaki’s responses to his questions during State Department briefings.

O’Reilly played a clip in which Rosen asked Psaki why President Obama characterized the United States’ plan for combating ISIS in three different ways during a speech in Estonia, according to Politico. Obama said the U.S. would “destroy and degrade” ISIS, “roll them back” and “shrink ISIS sphere of influence until it is a manageable problem,” according to Rosen.

“Well, I think it’s important for everybody, including people at home who watch Fox, to look at the context of the remarks that the president made,” Psaki responded, adding that Fox has “a desire to twist words or take things out of context.”

Watch part of the segment:

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