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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, 12:24 PM   #16
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What in the hell business does any White House administration have making a statement like that to a member of the press?

How far up your stovepipe is Obama shoving that thing?
And just like that, reporters, and Bob Woodward, are a sacred cow to mikey.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:25 PM   #17
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #18
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #19
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:21 PM   #20
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If that is a threat, I receive half a dozen written nuclear attacks from clients and coworkers about every week.
Some people just like to be scared (or play the victim).
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:29 PM   #21
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If that is a threat, I receive half a dozen written nuclear attacks from clients and coworkers about every week.
Indeed if that was a threat then I could face charges at work daily~
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:47 PM   #22
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:50 PM   #23
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So, wait, help me with this -- if Obama and the Democrats own the media then why is any of this being reported? How could the Administration be having a dust up with a reporter?

Uh, maybe it'sw that they don't own every last individual, especially someone like Bob Woodward?

Jeebus, you ambulance chasers are some dumb mother****ers.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:53 PM   #24
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And just like that, reporters, and Bob Woodward, are a sacred cow to mikey.
Sacred? Hardly.

They may be our last hope sometime in the future.

I don't like guns at all, but I can see how they can be necessary sometimes to defend yourself...

Do you really always need everything explained to you like this, Precious?
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:40 PM   #25
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And just like that, reporters, and Bob Woodward, are a sacred cow to mikey.
Woodward has shown no loyalty to either party that I am aware of. I am reasonably certain if you did a search he has called out both parties and does not write with a slant towards either party. I think many people are getting a chuckle out of Barry with his panties in a bunch because someone from the main stream media called him out for being full of shit. This is not something he is used to~
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:46 PM   #26
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Indeed if that was a threat then I could face charges at work daily~
So while I was cracking the **** up at the typical, expected responses in this thread I just wanted to point out that I was refreshed by your honest responses, and ability to be rational in the face of your opposition. I admire it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #28
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And just like that, reporters, and Bob Woodward, are a sacred cow to mikey.
As they should be. If the Chiefs want to cut off press access, it's their right to do that.

When you're talking about a political figure, where the media is there to create transparency and is free to write what they want within reason, there is a big problem with a President of all people abusing his power and threatening the livelihood of someone purely based on disagreeing with his opinion on something.

And yet... this is a story nobody is talking about.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #29
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As they should be. If the Chiefs want to cut off press access, it's their right to do that.

When you're talking about a political figure, where the media is there to create transparency and is free to write what they want within reason, there is a big problem with a President of all people abusing his power and threatening the livelihood of someone purely based on disagreeing with his opinion on something.

And yet... this is a story nobody is talking about.
And if any of that had actually happened, it would be something.
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And if any of that had actually happened, it would be something.
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