Via Business Insider:
Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to attack 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.
“I think they’re confused,” Woodward said of the White House’s pushback on his reporting.
“Very senior person” at White House emailed Bob Woodward “you’re going to regret doing this,” says Woodward live now on @cnn.
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) February 27, 2013
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The #StandWithWoodward hashtag started with this post has really taken off on Twitter.
The palace guard Journolistas are rallying around the King, as Jim Geraghty predicted:
Coming spin: “Woodward’s strange shift to right-wing talking points risks his reputation as one of the great American journalists,” etc.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 27, 2013
The folks who write the hit pieces on Bob Woodward in the coming days will be outing themselves as the administration’s favorite puppets.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 27, 2013
Woodward’s managed to make me suspect Nixon got a raw deal.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 28, 2013
Wow, looks like Woodward is going the full David Mamet/Judy Miller combo.This is gonna be fun to watch
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 28, 2013
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It’s time for Woodward to lay it on the line and do an in-depth expose of the ID and demands of ‘very senior person’.
We’ve been suject to four years of successful media suppression by this gang of Chicago fascists, and the public is kept unaware of the tactics of the crooks in the White House. Time for some real change AWAY from that situation.
If the White House cannot win a media skirmish with FOX News, they sure as heck are not going to win one against Bob Woodward. Lol. *Grabs the Popcorn* This could be more entertaining than that time I missed the Oscars to watch movies on DVD!
Sometimes, RIGHT wins because it is, well… right.
Concerning Woodward, he’s one of the original, authentic, old-school journalists left. The rest are “journalists”, quotes included. In Old Testament terms, Woodward has become Lot.
Next up: “Suspension” of the First Amendment.
Or to put it another way (after I hit Submit)
Some “Common Sense Reforms” regarding the First Amendment.
“Let me be clear …”
The way to deal with a bully is to stand up to him. I hope he does and that the bully in the WH backs down. Don’t expect that though. He’ll still steal your lunch money as some kind of tax.
‘Standing up’ requires a move toward impeachment. Like a lawsuit, it’ll get that a-hole’s attention.
Who knows — maybe the groundwork will gain steam and be used to get rid of this lunatic.
When all is said and done, Woodward is media. He will apologize.
Did Nixon (or anybody else?) ever threaten Woodward during Watergate?
The interesting thing is: he’s the only one saying anything. That says more about the rest of the media than anything else.
The REAL QUESTION: What will the rest of the MSM do? Will they assist the WH in clubbing Woodward, or defend Woodward? This is one of those moments when they have to choose which side of the line they’re standing on.
My answer to your question is: the rest of the media will club Woodward.
Getting rid of Nixon is so yesterday.
I guess we will find out if Mr. Woodward’s tax returns are in order and if there are any sexual indiscretions in his past.
LOL. There are no senior people in the White House.
Bully, threaten, and intimidate – that’s the Chicago way, and it’s Obama’s way.
Reminds me of Aesop’s tale of the scorpion; nobody should be surprised at this behavior.
In the movie All the President’s Men, the filmmakers had to gin up the tension, pretending that Woodward was in danger after leaving Deep Throat that last time. But in real life, there was no such risk. Apparently Nixon’s men didn’t consider even telling the reporter that he’d “be sorry.”
It’s therefore no longer even fair to call the president Barack Milhouse Nixon.
So much for speaking truth to power.
If Bob gets assassinated President Obama will drag out his travelling Eulogy .’ My 70s Childhood ‘.
This is where he travelled to the mainland & listened intently to Watergate on Tvs at Howard Johnsons after swimming in the pool & marvelling at candy dispensing Machines.
His next instalment for 70s celebrities will include his PEZ collection .
Look out Bob,
My sympathy for Mr. Woodward is limited, to say the least. He was one of the architects of the leftist morass that is the mainstream media today. So, in a sense, the creation of the ghastly entity that is President Barack Obama is as much his doing as anybody’s.
I’ll grab my popcorn and watch, careless of the outcome. In my dreams, they all drag each other down into a flaming bottomless pit, kicking and screaming the whole way; I do realize, however, that real life sadly won’t be offering any such spectacle.
This ‘Obama’ is a truly dangerous man. Most of us knew it, and were as horrified as we were incredulous when he was elected.
The @#$% is just BEGINNING to hit the fan — we’ve got another 4 years of this maniac in the White House. This really is time to start the conversation towards impeachment — and installing a GOP Speaker that we don’t have to be sure to diaper every day, lest he crap all over us.
The day Boehner goes (assuming he doesn’t lose us the House in 2014, which seems likely, if he stays) is the day Obama begins to seriously sink.
Sir, there will be no impeachment. There will be no impeachment as long as Harry Reid darkens the door of the Majority Leader’s office. He will not allow it, just as he has not allowed a Constitutionally mandated budget to pass through his chambers.
It’s is all over except for the ugliness – you must realize that at this point.
We are in a state of suspended animation right now – kind of like when Wyle E. Coyote has gone off the cliff, looks at the camera and holds up a sign that says “Yikes”.
This nation has not been at such a perilous point since the outbreak of the Civil War – in fact this may actually be worse since in 1860 we divided pretty much along geographic lines.
Today, your enemy is your neighbor who voted for this traitor, the person next to you at the gas station that lives off your labors, the bureaucrat that toils to erode your liberties.
I hate to be morose, but this is really bad.
There are two aspects of impeachment. The first is by the House of Reps: this first step sets a trial by the Senate, by which the president will be removed if convicted (has never happened yet), but House impeachment has happened twice — remember Bill Clinton?)
We have the House, at least — and at least until Boehner, Cantor and Rinse Prebus (whatever happened to that guy?) lose it for us.
The coming days will only be as dark as we tolerate them to be. And the longer we tolerate them, the darker they will become.
I should have been more precise with my language – of course he could be impeached by a Republican House (a sad testimony that there are so many Americans in Congress that cannot see the plain and malicious treason that this awful man is engaged in, but I digress…) and not convicted by the Senate, but my larger point is that it would be to absolutely no avail to engage in the impeachment process unless the end result was the removal from office of BHO.
I agree that Americans that are cognizant of the peril this nation is in right now should soldier on – we will live to fight another day – but what is right in front of us, the pain we must endure as a direct result of the actions of this administration will be nearly unbearable.
Sometimes white liberal guilt inexplicably goes into remission. We’ll conduct an MRI on Woodward in thirty days and see if he reverts.
Not surprising, there’s a chicago thug in the WH.
But no worries, Woodward will soon be kissing barry’s feet.
The irony is calling Obama a ‘thug:’ that guy couldn’t get past getting slapped in the face without starting to cry and running home his equally deranged mommy.
In reality, he’s more like Brittany Spears when she used to sic her bully bodyguards on people.
On his own, Obama is an impotent wimp — which is why he is so dangerous in the position of power he is in. Imagine this guy as a solider on the battlefield and realize how easy it is to fight him, if you’re willing.
Obama’s “worshipers”, for lack of a better word, remind me of hard core, suicide vest wearing jihadists. If push comes to shove, there’s nothing they won’t do to protect him.
The irony is he’d sell them out in a second to save his own butt.
I absolutely agree. Barry “developed” his manhood at the knee — at least one hopes it was only the knee — of Frank Marshall Davis.
If one picture is worth a thousand words, this is a novel:
From Doug Ross —
OUR BELOVED HOUSE SPEAKER: Just Like Patton
going to wait a day or so before I offer any support to him. I do not fully trust him.
if he backs down then I will just consider it business as usual.
if he steps up and goes after them I will do what I can to support him.
Give the guy some props! He’s coming correct on this … at least for now. Even if we’re disappointed in the future, I think we should support him for his current stand. Who else in the MSN is calling the regime out?
Viva David Mamet. Originally a lefty, he was brought along by a patient libertarian ally.
I don’t tweet, but I’m gonna write Bob a love letter.
First Amendment wake-up call for Mr. Woodward!
Is it talk or testosterone, Bob? Can you say “Benghazi?”
My guess is that the threat came from a certain someone, whose initials happen to be ‘two letters’ that can also be used as an urban slang-word to describe part of the female anatomy! But like I said, that’s only a guess…!
“If only Stalin knew!”
Yes, that’s one of the truly sad comments about Woodward – he really does think so much of Obama, that he thinks Obama would utterly reject the comment (but never fire the person who said it, of course).
Mr. Woodward – stay away from Fort Marcy Park.
The senior White Hut person could be …. Moochelle:).
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Bob – recall Dan Rather’s testimony against the Fairness Doctrine:
[Dan talking about his job at a Houston radio station] “Not only the station manager but the newspeople as well were very much aware of this government presence looking over their shoulders. I can recall newsroom conversations about what the FCC implications of broadcasting a particular report would be. Once a newsperson has to stop and consider what a government agency will think of something he or she wants to put on the air, an invaluable element of freedom has been lost.”
Wow. Dan once had a conscience. How about you, Mr. Watergate?
As predicted above, the line will be that Woodward has joined the right-wing, is giving aid and comfort to the haters, etc. And all for reporting a story as he saw it.
This says a lot about the left and is reason 3,204 why I have long since stopped being a liberal.
It’s Woodward’s battle to lose. Being the media creation and empty suit he is, ‘Obama’ is a house of cards.
The only people who will stay steadfast to him in the face of an onslaught by the likes of Woodward are the people who blindly support him because of his race, the slobs at MSNBC, the Weinstein patients in Hollywood Psychiatric Hospital, and a few others.
Obama is the Justin Beiber of presidents — he can go out style as quickly as any fad. We just have to be relentless in our opposition, and relentless in our choice of elected officals (read: Ted Cruz, not (ugh – I hate typing his name as much as Obama’s) Boehner.
Exactly right. If Woodward sticks to his guns, he wins pure and simple. I don’t think he would have made the comments he did if he didn’t intend to.
Nixon is nothing compared to Obama. Woodward is right to finally force some daylight into the goings-on at the Obama White House.
Not that I’ll think it will ever happen, but forcing the Obama administration to its knees, if not the Chosen One’s impeachment or resignation, would be Woodward’s magnum opus.
There are leftists, there are dyed-in-the-wool liberals and there are default liberals (because of fashion). Woodward is the latter.
Don’t underestimate his desire not to see his nation go to hell — that desire is as great as yours and mine. He’s coming to his senses. He would have not otherwise published the word ‘madness’ to describe Obama. And he did.
Barry’s henchman sure put Woodward in his place, theatening Woodward by emailing him words to the effect “You’re going to regret [criticizing Barry]” Time to make sure that Woodward and those liberals know who the bossman is in this country! That’s the Chicago thug way.
First Barry came for Woodward, then he came for . . . .
What a petty, non-stop-campaigning tinpot tyrant our man Barry is showing himself to be.
And what’s all this talk about Obama being a ‘thug?’ That’s an insult to thugs.
More appropriate: ‘gangster.’
The Carrot: Kool-Aid Summit
The Stick: Attack Watch!
David Plouffe tweets that Woodward just doesn’t have what it takes anymore. Bob is OLD!!
It is an omen. I saw PEZs s at the checkout today for the first time since whenever.
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Those in the media who are not Quislings are eunuchs.
Only in a time where few stand for anything of value would we have elected a teenage president, who still manages to cow the reporters.
Whether Obama jumps the abuse-of-power shark with his sequester shenanigans will be clearer after tomorrow, but there’s little doubt that Woodward has dropped a new marker in the water.