Bob Woodward threatened by White House over sequester reporting

Thomas Lifson
"...you will regret doing this," Bob Woodward was told by a senior White House aide. He told Wolf Blitzer this today in an interview, embedded below.

Woodward also noted that nobody disputed the factual basis of his reporting of authorship of the Sequester proposal.

This amounts to naked bullying of the press. Woodward is the most respected reporter in America. The White House thinks it can push him around, and that the rest of the media won't make a fuss.

If they are right, then then the media are political whores.

 Hat tip: Townhall

Update: Woodward is obviously angry over the threat he has received. He gave an hour-long interview to Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, former colleagues at the WaPo and no senior people at Politico.

Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend's Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama's account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide "yelled at me for about a half hour," Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington's powerful have spilled their secrets.
Digging into one of his famous folders, Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of the four or five administration officials most closely involved in the fiscal negotiations with the Hill. "I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today," the official typed. "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."

Woodward repeated the last sentence, making clear he saw it as a veiled threat. " 'You'll regret.' Come on," he said. "I think if Obama himself saw the way they're dealing with some of this, he would say, 'Whoa, we don't tell any reporter 'you're going to regret challenging us.' "

Question: Did the Nixon White House ever threaten him this way?

 

 

"...you will regret doing this," Bob Woodward was told by a senior White House aide. He told Wolf Blitzer this today in an interview, embedded below.

Woodward also noted that nobody disputed the factual basis of his reporting of authorship of the Sequester proposal.

This amounts to naked bullying of the press. Woodward is the most respected reporter in America. The White House thinks it can push him around, and that the rest of the media won't make a fuss.

If they are right, then then the media are political whores.

 Hat tip: Townhall

Update: Woodward is obviously angry over the threat he has received. He gave an hour-long interview to Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, former colleagues at the WaPo and no senior people at Politico.

Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend's Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama's account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide "yelled at me for about a half hour," Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington's powerful have spilled their secrets.
Digging into one of his famous folders, Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of the four or five administration officials most closely involved in the fiscal negotiations with the Hill. "I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today," the official typed. "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."

Woodward repeated the last sentence, making clear he saw it as a veiled threat. " 'You'll regret.' Come on," he said. "I think if Obama himself saw the way they're dealing with some of this, he would say, 'Whoa, we don't tell any reporter 'you're going to regret challenging us.' "

Question: Did the Nixon White House ever threaten him this way?