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State's Harf: O'Reilly's Criticism Of Jen Psaki Was "Sexist, Personally Offensive"

MATT LEE, AP: Marie, very tangentially related to this, and I mean very tangentially related. Your brief foray this morning – and by brief I mean 140 characters – into media criticism, directed at my colleagues --


QUESTION: Colleague. Colleagues/colleague here.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Has attracted a lot of attention. And I’m wondering if you could just briefly, without getting into any kind of a – not wanting to get into any kind of a name-calling match here --

MS. HARF: Don’t worry.

QUESTION: -- explain what it was that you were upset about.

MS. HARF: No, I appreciate the opportunity to give more than 140 characters here. 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. And quite frankly, I wish that more people would step up when men say those things about women in public positions and say that it’s not okay.

QUESTION: So you don’t think that the criticism would have been directed at a man who had replied – who had given similar answers from the podium?

MS. HARF: I think some of that language – we’ve seen it before – was – would – I – no, I don’t think would be used against a man. Some of the language used about my colleague I don’t think would be.

QUESTION: By this one person in particular --

MS. HARF: In general.

QUESTION: -- or just in general?

MS. HARF: In general.

QUESTION: Okay. All right.

MS. HARF: Moving on.

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