State Department New Media Field Marshal Marie Harf has opened up a new front in her war against Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly.
Harf launched her first attack on the cable titan earlier today, in a tweet that backed her colleague, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, after O’Reilly criticized Psaki’s response to a series of questions about President Obama’s confusing response to the Islamic State.
Harf was asked about her tweet at the State Department’s briefing today.
She ripped O’Reilly for using “sexist” language.
“I think that when the anchor of a leading cable news show uses––quite frankly––sexist, personally offensive language that I actually don’t think they would ever use about a man, against the person that shares this podium with me, I think I have an obligation and I think it’s important to step up and say that’s not okay.”
The language that O’Reilly used never mentioned gender at all. He said that Psaki is “out of her depth” and that she lacks the “gravitas” to be the leading voice of US foreign policy. Gender never came up, other than the use of the personal pronoun, “she.” If that’s out of bounds now…
Mediaite has video of Harf’s latest salvo launched, not at the Islamic State, but at the Fox News Channel — which is and will always be the Obama administration’s enemy number one.