The Daily Press Briefing imbroglio spins even further out of control. See Diplopundit for how the DPB Goes Down the Wabbit Hole.
This exchange, quoted from the link, illustrates exactly why you should never agree to talk to the news media - or the police, for that matter - multiple times on the same topic. You will inevitably say something different the second time, and that will be seized upon, however disingenuously.
Wabbit Hole: How many other people have been ruled out?
QUESTION: But basically, all the person could remember was that they were called and asked to do this, and that they believed it came from elsewhere in PA. I’m told that the person also, however, said that they had no – that they didn’t think it was former spokesperson Jen Psaki. Is that correct?
MR TONER: That’s correct.
QUESTION: Why weren’t we told that on Wednesday? I mean, you said all they can remember is X, but now it turns out it – they remembered more than just X. And I don’t understand why you would say they only remember X and then it turns out they remember more than that, and then we – we learn about it later.
First came the excuse of a technical glitch, followed by an admission of purposeful video editing, followed by a once-over-lightly investigation by the Office of the Legal Advisor, followed by apologies all around and a promise not to do it again. Now, as surely as this is an election year, this lame affair has escalated to an OIG investigation and Congressional oversight hearings.
Not that I presume to tell Spokesperson-Admiral Kirby how to do his job, but really, wouldn't it have been better to say much, much, less to the press? They are not your friends, after all.
Suppose that instead of trying to placate the press, you had let a legal investigation run for a couple weeks - during which time you would, of course, refuse to answer questions - and then announced the lawyers found no crime or administrative offense had been committed and, due to the passage of time, there was no reasonable expectation of finding out more. Suppose you had then pointed out that you have instituted rules to prevent a repetition. And further pointed out that the public record of Ms. Psaki's interview with Fox New reporter James Rosen was never eradicated in the first place, since a transcript exists in State's DPB archive as well as the complete video on a separate DOD site. Hey, members of the press, get over yourselves.
There simply must be more important things PA could be talking about at the Daily Press Briefing.