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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:06 AM

Woodward claims White House threatened him

Bob Woodward said Wednesday that a “very senior person” at the White House told the veteran journalist and author “you will regret” faulting the Obama administration for the present fight over sequestration.

It was said very clearly: 'you will regret doing this,'” Woodward said on CNN’s "The Situation Room." “I’m not going to say , a very senior person. It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you’re going to regret doing something you believe in.”
In an op-ed published over the weekend, Woodward accused the Obama administration first of inventing the sequester, and then of “moving the goal posts” by saying any deal had to include new revenue along with the agreed upon cuts.
Democrats argue that the sequester was an last-ditch effort out from the 2011 debt-ceiling fight instigated by Republicans, and that since it was never meant to be implemented, it’s not moving the goal posts to try and replace it with spending cuts and additional revenue.
“I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communications strategy, let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but just a tactic he’s employing, he’d say, ‘look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters if you in an honest way present something that we don’t like, you’re going to regret this,'” Woodward continued. “It’s Mickey Mouse.”
A White House official said Woodward misconstrued the exchange and that "no threat was intended."
"Of course no threat was intended," the aide said. "As Mr. Woodward noted, the email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation. The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation he made regarding the sequester because that observation was inaccurate, nothing more. And Mr. Woodward responded to this aide's email in a friendly manner."




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Reply Woodward claims White House threatened him (Original post)
octoberlib Feb 2013 OP
Bigbluebrush Feb 2013 #1
unblock Feb 2013 #2
Mz Pip Feb 2013 #3
Roselma Feb 2013 #4
LiberalFighter Feb 2013 #5
Cosmocat Feb 2013 #12
freshwest Feb 2013 #27
John2 Feb 2013 #13
Mz Pip Feb 2013 #18
stillcool Feb 2013 #20
moobu2 Feb 2013 #6
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #7
freshwest Feb 2013 #28
dreampunk Feb 2013 #29
Sancho Feb 2013 #8
TexasTowelie Feb 2013 #9
leftynyc Feb 2013 #10
Sunlei Feb 2013 #11
deutsey Feb 2013 #14
marshall Feb 2013 #15
TBF Feb 2013 #16
geek tragedy Feb 2013 #24
Arkana Feb 2013 #17
Demeter Feb 2013 #19
stillcool Feb 2013 #21
fugop Feb 2013 #22
geek tragedy Feb 2013 #23
Tarheel_Dem Feb 2013 #26
Drunken Irishman Feb 2013 #30
Beowulf42 Feb 2013 #25

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:13 AM

1. Gene Sperling???

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:13 AM

2. mommy!! he threatened me!! he threatned to make me, uh, feel bad about, uh, making a mistake!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:57 AM

3. If it's true and Obama can confirm who did it

That person should be fired.

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:07 AM

4. Words were

exchanged. No threats happened. Woodward has his panties in a bunch over nothing. He's looking more and more like a vindictive arse:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/gene-sperling-bob-woodward

(snip)

""""" The aide "yelled at me for about a half hour," Woodward said, and then sent a follow-up email that read, in part: "You're focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim."

Officials often threaten reporters that they will "regret" printing something that is untrue, but Woodward took the remark as a threat.""""

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Response to Roselma (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:11 AM

5. He must be on some Limbaugh meds.

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Response to Roselma (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:06 AM

12. He has lost his damn mind

VERY clearly this guy has slipped into some bizarre battle against this President that has a LOT more intensity to him than it should.

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Response to Cosmocat (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:57 PM

27. He's now a legend in his own mind who can do no wrong. His glory days are past, but he wants more.

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:22 AM

13. I wouldn't

 

take what ever Woodward claims serious these days. He is a media, you know what, seeking attention for himself. He needs to retire, because his time is over. The grownups are having an argument and he is just a distraction.

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Response to John2 (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:18 PM

18. From what I read today

That seems to be the case. I certainly don't like the idea of the government threatening the press. But Woodward seems to be over reacting over this.

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:35 PM

20. not over-reacting

making shit up. That's our 'free' press for you. Woodward can take his place of honor next to Judith Miller, etal

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:34 AM

6. Sad to see a once respected reporter self destruct right before your eyes. n/t

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:24 AM

7. An additional article with an UPDATE / explanation



Bob Woodward, Obama Aide Spar, Causing Confusion Over Definition Of 'Regret'

-snip-

In that email, the aide wrote: “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. ... You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

Somehow, Woodward misread genuine concern for his journalistic reputation for something darker and weirder...

-snip-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/woodward-obama-aide_n_2778007.html



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:58 PM

28. He has to go that route to sell books and be paid to be on the teevee. Go home, already Derp Throat!

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:08 PM

29. One problem with this is

if the administration decides to whack woodward's home with a drone, it could take out a good chunk of his whole neighborhood! Oh well....we can live with that - others do.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:01 AM

8. Woodward is self serving.

He just wants to create a controversy to sell books. He's been doing that forever.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:51 AM

9. Waahhhhh!

He must have taken crying lessons from Boehner.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:23 AM

10. Woodward is an attention whore

And that's exactly what the White House should have said. There was no threat but bobby needed a story to stay in the news. How freeking pathetic for someone who used to do such good work.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:49 AM

11. Woodward will regret the use of Micky Mouse name in vain

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:57 AM

14. Woodward is suffering from full-blown Insidethebeltwayitis

Characterized by feverish rhetoric, spewing delusions, and the resulting swelling bank account.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:33 AM

15. He'd be wise to pay heed

He's been warned. Don't complain later after the sky falls down on him.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:29 AM

16. Under the bus he goes ...

I can't imagine there's much room left under there.

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Response to TBF (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:45 PM

24. Huh? He's sitting under a beach umbrella and claiming it's a bus. nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:08 PM

17. Woodward is just sad now.

He's been searching for the next Watergate for 40 years and he's never going to find it.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:35 PM

19. I believe Bob Woodward!

Look at which person has more to lose.

The man is in the business of exposing wrong-doing. And even Democrats can be venal, crooked, or compromised.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:40 PM

21. exposing wrong-doing?

He 'Co-authored' the Watergate scandal in the early 70's, and has been milking it ever since.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:41 PM

22. Read the emails, which have now been released.

Woodward is a loony. There was no threat.

Even the rightwing loony press is backing away now.

I for one am loving it. Couldn't happen to a more deserving Iraq war cheerleader.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:45 PM

23. Woodward suckered you. He's an attention-seeking troll, not a journalist. nt

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:40 PM

26. Woodward even got him to be one of five Recs for this nonsense. The rightwing is backing away.....

and Obama's most revered libertarian critic (you know who) says Woodward is out to lunch here. This will, no doubt, do to Woodward, what's been done to Dick Morris, who has fallen out of favor with the right. They got suckered, and I love it.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:17 PM

30. Do you still stand with Woodward?

Looks like you were the one made to look venal.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:30 PM

25. The Fall

It is so sad to watch as Woodward falls from a lofty position as truth seeker to the lowly status of press personality.

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