"They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say," said Rhodes on the arms control experts in think tanks that were sourced by hundreds of reporters regarding the Iran nuclear deal.
These think tanks and groups like The Iran Project were used to promote the Iran nuclear deal as they confirmed the message intended to help sway public judgment to smooth the way to getting it done.
"All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus," said Rhodes on the apparent inexperience of reporters. "Now they don't. They call us to explain to them what's happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That's a sea change. They literally know nothing."
"I haven't seen anybody produce any evidence that that's the case. I recognize there might be some people who are disappointed that they did not succeed in killing the Iran deal. Maybe these unfounded claims are the result of sour grapes. The truth is, the administration, under the direction of the president, engaged in an aggressive campaign to make a strong case to the American people that the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon enhanced the national security of the United States."
Rozen said that she has had a long history of U.S. foreign policy and followed "over 20 rounds of the Iran nuclear deal negotiations" over four years and refutes any notion of being used or misinformed, that her reporting "was certainly not done as a favor to or in support of any administration."