Remember when President Obama and the State Department said this earlier in the month?

The White House insisted the $400 million payment to Iran as four U.S. citizens were being released wasn’t a ransom and was just coincidental timing. But according to State Dept. Spokesman John Kirby today, the exchange was the textbook definition of “ransom”:

Roll tape:

Sure sounds like a ransom to us!

But it’s all the media’s fault, or something:

So, in short: