U.S. spokeswoman Psaki rebukes 'Russian propaganda machine'

WASHINGTON Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:31pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's spokeswoman shrugged off a campaign to denigrate her personally in the Russian media and said she took it as "a badge of honor."

Jen Psaki, who plays a big role in selling U.S. foreign policy, has been under fire in the state-dominated Russian media and from pro-Kremlin commentators on social media as the United States and Russia trade words over the crisis in Ukraine.

The attacks on Psaki have included altered photo images of her, cartoons, satirical reports and edited video.

At a State Department briefing on Tuesday, Psaki said the criticism was part of a Russian effort to discredit U.S. officials because "the United States supports a strong democratic Ukraine, along with the majority of the international community and the Ukrainian people."

"So, if I get dinged a bit for that, I'm not going to sweat it. I will take it as a badge of honor," she said.

"I will say I'm in good company because I'm just one of many American officials, especially women ... targeted by the Russian propaganda machine," Psaki told reporters when asked for her reaction to the criticism.

"They do seem to have a bit of a tendency to focus on the outfits I'm wearing and the colors I'm wearing, and they've superimposed my head in photos. And so, you'll have to ask them whether that's how great powers should make their case on the world stage," she added.

"I think it's ... a pretty clear sign that they don't have the truth on their side."

The Russian criticism of Psaki comes amid increasingly strained ties between the former Cold War adversaries, particularly since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March following the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president.

Relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin are particularly frosty.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by David Storey and Mohammad Zargham)

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kommy wrote:
She eclipse Clinton in incompetency, her stupid answers made her name for the public.

Jun 10, 2014 12:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
The claim falls on deaf ears. The foreign policy has no leadership because it doesn’t have all the facts. As it stands, our country is endorsing Stepan Bandera sympathizers. Research Stepan Bandera, a west Ukraine that was hired to kill West Ukrainians for Hitler. This is the Bandera group that overthrew the government in Kiev/Kyiv. Yulia Tymoshenko started her own group and she calls for killing Russians (“Burning fields”) and so does the banker – Yatsenyuk during Euromaidan. Problem is, our country and it’s leaders, as well as MSM, doesn’t research and doesn’t understand the history of the Baltics. RT has actually been telling BOTH sides (West AND the East)…not just the West….exclusively. This is dangerous practice to society to not get the entire story. East Ukraine and Russia are the victims, not Psaki….she’s uneducated in foreign affairs and especially in this situation.

Jun 11, 2014 3:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
All you have to do is watch her on You Tube, and literally every news media and it’s the same. She is a subject only because she’s incompetent and arrogant and not understanding the entire situation of East/West Ukraine in history. As it stands, she endorses the group that are sympathizers of Stepan Bandera (a West Ukraine that killed his own people and operated out of Berlin, worked for Hitler….literally. He liked to set people on fire. Look what happened in Odessa, Ukraine…they lured people into the Trade Union and set them on fire. EXACTLY what Yulia Tymoshenko CALLED ON FOR PEOPLE TO DO!!!! And she’s out of prison??? MISTAKE. And we made one huge one by siding with these Bandera groups!)

Jun 11, 2014 3:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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