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Obama Adviser Bullies Watergate Journalist Bob Woodward

from FoxNews.com –

The White House is denying reports an adviser threatened famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward after the Washington Post reporter challenged President Obama’s version of events on the looming sequester.

Woodward claimed Wednesday night that a White House aide sent him an email saying he would “regret” his comments. The aide was not identified, but an official familiar with the exchange told Fox News it was National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling. That was after Woodward wrote a column this past weekend claiming Obama was trying to re-write history — regarding not only whose idea the sequester was, but also how it would take effect.

Woodward wrote that based on his reporting earlier in the budget battle, the president was trying to move the goalposts by trying to replace the sequester with a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts — instead of solely spending cuts.

After Politico reported late Wednesday that Woodward was coming forward to claim he was threatened, a White House aide denied the claim.

“Of course no threat was intended,” wrote the White House aide. “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.”

According to Politico, Woodward said he was “yelled at” by an Obama aide over his weekend column in the Post. Then, he said he received a page-long email from the aide — apparently Sperling — that said: “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.”

Animosity between Woodward and the Obama team is rising, as the journalist has repeatedly needled the administration on its sequester talking points. His reporting bolstered claims that the sequester idea originated at the White House. And this week, he called the administration’s handling of the cuts “madness.”

Former Obama adviser David Plouffe tweeted Wednesday: “Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.”

Fox News’ Ed Henry contributed to this report.

 

Bob Woodward Says W.H. Staffer Told Him He Would ‘Regret’ Sequester Comment

The Washington Times – By Cheryl K. Chumley

The White House is denying one of its staffers threatened Watergate iconic writer Bob Woodward — the latest in a tiff that hit public airways earlier this week, when the author characterized President Obama’s actions on the sequester as madness.

Mr. Woodward, a journalist for The Washington Post, said Wednesday on MSNBC that Mr. Obama’s threat to halt military deployments due to looming budget cuts was “madness.”

Prior, according to Politico, Mr. Woodward had called and advised a senior White House official of his intent to raise public questions about Mr. Obama’s sequester statements — during which the aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” he said. And on Wednesday evening, Fox News reports, Mr. Woodward said that the aide also sent him a threatening email, saying he would “regret” his comments.

Politico reported Thursday that the senior White House official on the email exchange is Gene Sperling, economic adviser to the president.

The White House is denying an aide threatened Mr. Woodward.

The White House wrote in an email to Fox News: “Of course no threat was intended. As Mr. Woodward noted, the email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices 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.”

Mr. Woodward wasn’t the only one threatened by the White House, it appears. Former Clinton-era administration adviser Lanny Davis said similarly.

In an exclusive WMAL radio interview, Mr. Davis said he had received similar threats about opinion pieces he wrote for The Washington Times.

 

 

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Mike Bardini
3 years 6 months ago

a free and independent press is the only true weapon against tyranny.

Laurie Giesler
3 years 6 months ago

I have been asking the question: What would have happened with ‘Watergate’ if reporters back then had been like the automatons of today?

If only more journalists would stand up for truth and go back to real reporting, this country might have a chance.
But, most have signed onto the globalist agenda which means the U.S. has to go.

Warrior 1
3 years 6 months ago

Do you all now see why he wants to change our Constitution> One part at a time. Start with Freedom of speech. He tried that at the first election. By trying to gag The NRA and others from speaking x number of days before the election. Now the gun thing. He is tied to too many foreign influences . This isn’t going to help us. Only those with their hands out and then he will cut them off.

Bel
3 years 5 months ago
How can one cut something out of a buedgt that doesn’t really exist? Meanwhile, it seems to be a small cut in the rate of growth – so it seems to be cutting money not even allocated, appropriated or spent — they’re cutting imaginary numbers to be spent next year. Not to mention, that even with these “mandatory cuts” the congress will pass a stop gap continuing measure to restore every dime — it’s happened too often for it not to happen again. Of course, not one administrator or bureaucrat is ever proposed to be cut. Say, how about every federal employee take a 5% pay cut — so they are inconvenienced, and not us? Nah, that would be rational. But I always like to bring up one of my favorite programs for cutting: the 1917 Emergency Mohair Act — which to this day, through all these presidential terms, still… Read more »
AZHeat
3 years 6 months ago

Funny thing, as I watched Obama and wife walk in the inauguaral parade, the thought that came was,”When will the people see the emperor has no clothes?”

And I agree that this second term continues the Third-World Banana Republic Dictatorship.

I will bet as Obama signed the Sequester papers, he hated every stroke of the pen while formulating his next step.

When will Mr nd Mrs American wake up to his tactics? His agenda??

PaulE
3 years 6 months ago

Does anyone else notice the similarity of this to that of a third world banana republic dictatorship or is it just me? The “fundamental transformation” of the United States seems to be preceding quite well.

DHR-Ranger
3 years 6 months ago

The more this administration gets away with the more of this behavior we’ll see. At what point will the American people demand that it stops?

Diana Erbio
3 years 6 months ago

It is a sad day in America when the White House is bullying individual journalists.

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