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Old 02-28-2013, 08:24 AM  
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Obama regime threatens Woodward for sequester reporting

Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House


CNN) - Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House's handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday.

"They're not happy at all," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official - who he would not name - communicated a message which caused him great concern.

"It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this," he said.
According to a Democrat aware of the situation, Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, sent the email Woodward cited.

Woodward and Sperling have known one another for decades, dating back to the time Sperling served as a top economic adviser in various posts during the Clinton administration.

Woodward penned a 2012 book reporting that the idea for the spending cuts, known as the sequester, originated with the White House. It's a claim President Barack Obama originally denied, but the White House has since acknowledged.

But it was language that he used in an op-ed published over the weekend in The Washington Post that drew what he said was the Obama administration response.

"[W] hen the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts," Woodward wrote. "His call for a balanced approach is reasonable, and he makes a strong case that those in the top income brackets could and should pay more. But that was not the deal he made."

Headlined "Obama's sequester deal-changer," it was widely cited by Republicans seeking to avert the across-the-board cuts without a tax increase.

"The fundamental question here the president has to decide - does he wanna be president of a political party or does he want to be president of the United States?" House Speaker John Boehner asked at a Tuesday news conference. "It is time for leadership."

Obama, however, has argued for an approach that "balances" spending cuts and tax increases.

"I've laid out a plan that details how we can pay down our deficit in a way that's balanced and responsible," he said at an event in Virginia the same day. "We have the plan right on a website, the White House website.
Everybody can go see it. It details exactly how we can cut programs that don't work, how we can raise money by closing loopholes that are only serving a few, as opposed to the average American."

While the days now turn to hours before the cuts kick in on Friday, Republicans and Democrats have not engaged in the sort of negotiations they have held before deadlines in previous fiscal crises.
CNN extended multiple invitations to the White House to appear on the "The Situation Room," including after Woodward began his interview, but the invitations were not accepted.

But a White House official who would not speak if named said late Wednesday, "Of course no threat was intended."

The official said the email Woodward referenced "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."

White House adviser David Plouffe, meanwhile, expressed disappointment in Woodward's recent comments over Twitter Wednesday night.
Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.

David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) February 28, 2013
Interesting response to last tweet. Like many I was shaped by Woodward writing and books. ATPM was perfection. But this latest skirmish off

David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) February 28, 2013
Woodward said on CNN that the White House objection to his reporting has no basis in facts.

"It's irrefutable. That's exactly what happened," he said. "I'm not saying this is a moving of the goal posts that was a criminal act or something like that. I'm just saying that's what happened."

The e-mail had Woodward "very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you're going to regret doing something."

"Let's hope it's not the strategy," he said.

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:23 PM   #31
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I don't think any reasonable person would call this a serious "threat"... I also don't think that is how Woodward meant his remarks to come across on the subject. The email exchange is with his good friend. I'll wait and listen to Woodward's explanation of why he was concerned with the comment.

My feeling is... he took it as his friend warning him that others in the Administration would start to "blackball" him and see him as a an "enemy" now. That type of partisan suppression of the press is worth being "concerned" over... but if he literally felt concerned for his safety then he has lost it. I doubt that is what he meant. Much ado about nothing, most likely.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #32
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I did read the email and it didn't seem horribly threatening to me. However, we aren't in the inner circle of that particular culture and might not understand the nuances.

However, even if that email was in no way threatening, a White House staffer calling Bob Woodward old and essentially saying he's washed up is completely moronic. Now, Bob Woodward has to be out to get that whole damn administration just to show them how wrong they are. And, Woodward has a whole host of young bucks who'd kill to do his legwork. What might have been innocuous has turned into something more, especially with Huffington Post and Slate slamming him. When Woodward starts comparing an admin to Nixon, well...he can't deliver a worse insult.

Titanic stupidity on part of the WH. This could be fun.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:35 PM   #33
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I did read the email and it didn't seem horribly threatening to me. However, we aren't in the inner circle of that particular culture and might not understand the nuances.

However, even if that email was in no way threatening, a White House staffer calling Bob Woodward old and essentially saying he's washed up is completely moronic. Now, Bob Woodward has to be out to get that whole damn administration just to show them how wrong they are. And, Woodward has a whole host of young bucks who'd kill to do his legwork.

Titanic stupidity on part of the WH. This could be fun.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #34
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:42 PM   #35
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I don't think any reasonable person would call this a serious "threat"... I also don't think that is how Woodward meant his remarks to come across on the subject. The email exchange is with his good friend. I'll wait and listen to Woodward's explanation of why he was concerned with the comment.

My feeling is... he took it as his friend warning him that others in the Administration would start to "blackball" him and see him as a an "enemy" now. That type of partisan suppression of the press is worth being "concerned" over... but if he literally felt concerned for his safety then he has lost it. I doubt that is what he meant. Much ado about nothing, most likely.
Just watched Woodward explain himself and it's pretty much like I thought. He took it as a friend inside the White House warning him that his reporting on this will have negative consequences and backlash from the Obama machine. He mentioned that it isn't really a big deal for him but could see how these things have tangible effects on younger less experienced reporters.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:22 AM   #36
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A threat doesn't have to make you fear for your life. It was a threat that there would be some repercussion.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:23 AM   #37
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:55 AM   #38
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:36 AM   #39
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Once you start to threaten the likes of Woodward you should probably take a step back and reevaluate your position.

Not double down on stupidity.

Barry has painted himself into a corner on the sequester deal and Woodward has given republicans a reason for not giving into the dems idiotic demands.

The great Obama wizard of Oz has been spotted behind the curtain.
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Uh huh, and if this were a Republican administration you would have been the one to start this thread.
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