They Told Me If I Voted Republican the White House Would Start Threatening Reporters, And They Were Right!
by Bryan Preston
Legendary reporter Bob Woodward tells Politico that White House staffers have threatened him over his sequester reporting.
[quote]Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.
What’s there to debate? Bob Woodward’s reporting has spoiled Obama’s plan. That plan was to blame the entire sequester on Republicans, then allow the cuts to hit, and blame them again. Woodward reported that the sequester was the Obama White House’s idea, blowing the plan to bits.[/quote]
This is not a sneer on my part, but if you think Woodward too professional and courageous to be intimidated by this threat, why didn’t he name the e-mailer? Proving the e-mail exists? Hardly. Proving the identity of the e-mailer? Again, Hardly. Privacy concerns? Surely you jest! Woodward may eventually name the name, but for now he’s pulling his punches, almost like he’s trying to warn the WH into stopping this fight rather than going full-bore after this WH’s abuse. IF that is what Woodward is attempting, I think his chances of success less than 50%. And that isn’t the height of professionalism or courage. OTOH, he wasn’t cowed into silence, so there is some professionalism and courage in what he is doing, and if the WH doesn’t back down, they may push him into naming names.