White House at war with legendary journalist Bob Woodward?
War of words of sequestration's origin
- Duration 9:01
- Date Feb 25, 2013
War of words of sequestration's origin
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There's a new budget battle brewing in Washington one between the White House and -- legendary journalist Bob Woodward.
Obama administration now slamming the reporter.
In the blame game over who was responsible for these automatic budget cuts set to go into effect on Friday -- President Obama last weekend the first of -- before it.
Telling us that this there -- to lose their jobs as all the republicans' fault so and so forth.
And it came out a reference to Bob Woodward's book in which he claimed this is -- president Obama's idea.
Now the finger pointing actually began during the third presidential debate last fall listen.
The president Obama's remarks about these budget cuts known as the sequester.
-- -- Not something that I propose something the congress has proposed it will not happen.
It will not happen.
And I didn't propose it.
Not true says Woodward who is granted intimate access to the White House during research for his latest book the price of politics.
In -- Washington Post editorial on Friday Bob Woodward wrote quote the president and looming Jack -- had this wrong.
My extensive reporting for my book the price of politics shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and where the brainchild of little.
And of White House congressional relations chief rob nabors.
Well now the White House is pushing back on Bob Woodward.
And Bob Woodward is pushing back again it.
Against the White House.
And now -- -- debate and Shapiro and editor at large bright art news and author of the book bullies how -- less culture of fear and intimidation silence is America.
And -- -- -- who's a Fox News contributor and former political advisor to New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg are right so this getting.
This is getting a little uncomfortable I mean they're they're -- they're fighting with somebody -- they've loved so much they gave -- all of -- access to the White House.
But they only love them apparently Ben when he saying what they what they want to say because.
They're taking direct shots at him now and he is he doesn't care he's not going away quietly saying.
I'm telling you they're not being honest.
I would imagine this is the last time Bob Woodward is going to had intimate access to the White House and we've seen from this White House it.
That media outlets to treat them well are treated with just kid gloves and -- -- their -- scooby treats these people are lab -- -- lap dogs.
And they are -- scooby trees when they do things right and when they do things wrong in their van from the White House we saw this this past week Politico.
Had the had the daring to run a piece questioning Obama's transparency.
And -- promptly uninvited from an off the record meeting with all of Obama's usual paper ballots like -- -- usually politicos included in that.
Not a surprise that they're going after reporters now they have a very tight lipped on what they tell the media and who they talk to and they're not fond of taking questions that's why at the governor's meeting.
Last night President Obama said you know let's have that let's have the press get out of here -- -- can answer some questions this is sort of where they handle the press now.
You know do -- it.
It's one of those things -- who you believe do you believe the White House that has a political stake in this or do you believe Bob Bob Woodward who.
Is not known for bashing the laughter making up lies about President Obama so I mean.
Is there a credibility problem with and that's -- about President Obama but but the spokesperson Jay Carney.
Who's coming out calling me that Bob Woodward willfully wrong on this and will Woodward's -- back saying.
This is a classic case of distortion and confusion by the White House yeah.
I have no idea -- -- and the white house on this that I truly have no idea what went on but I do think this affects typical DC nonsense it makes me very happy at all live down there were down there anymore.
Business is -- typical nonsense of reporter had been one thing we've been -- Al.
But forgot who to blame meanwhile we've got to sequester -- both sides seem to agree is not the best idea.
And -- -- about their focus on setting whether they're gonna blame Bob Woodward Bob Woodward and decide whether he's gonna go blame the process rather than -- to break some news on the actual.
Sequester you know that's just a sex doesn't doesn't that -- people in this country are just so fed up with DC and this is the exhibit A I saw the story.
And I kind of set a pox on both these houses on the -- imposed.
And on the white and finally why you put a pox on Bob Woodward when -- let's let's credit for purposes of this question right taken at his word that.
What he reported in his book and in his Washington Post piece is true.
But the white guests.
That that the White House came up with this idea.
And that what he heard President Obama say that debate was absolutely wrong and what he's saying now is not -- -- I mean that is your obligation as a reported come -- Clinton and report -- I have my my point is actually the larger point which -- who -- is stupid idea this was -- you know I'm dishonesty I -- president I -- Woodward is -- I don't relevant I don't care that is the president's -- you know what let's -- -- -- the president let's say that he's -- he's the one proposed this idea that you can give Bob -- that.
The bottom line is he doesn't think this is the best thing to do that led republic I get I get a little -- that cannot try to get that now -- -- question isn't imminent decreases in both sides are to blame.
It's at this point is that right who came up with a got what ever.
But they both agreed to it okay that's -- typically I like the Democrats are relatively -- -- they all agreed but the question is left for this purpose of this discussion -- is.
Do we care -- that the -- the president whether the White House is.
-- leave it.
Yes because the White House does this on a regular basis and not only do they do this on a regular basis and treat the media as the Obama drool cup carrying folks that they are.
But -- but but they actually are actively lying if they if Woodward is correct in what we're seeing here is the Obama administration portraying the sequester.
As the end of 2012 the movie I mean the world is going to collapse if we cut 2.4 percent.
A future spending -- will collapse people will be killed teachers will be out of work the world will be on fire.
And if it turns out that Obama is want to propose this thing he doesn't get to make those claims because then he asked to take the blame for truth is Republicans are just as much to blame for this because.
They're jumping on the same bandwagon world is going to and if we cut future spending guys if you wanna win this debate little bit important that you suggest Americans and maybe if we cut government spending.
Not only that not the worst thing in the world -- actually be a good thing otherwise you're stepping into the Obama camp he's.
Now saying -- Carney is you know -- it despite calling.
Woodward willfully wrong.
He also did offer a public statement last week saying the sequester and the quote was an idea of the White House put forward.
So I -- it's in -- he seems to be accepting as as what would put it paternity of the idea at the same time they're calling Woodward a liar.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But yet when it comes the sequestered they don't want -- cut spending so you know on the one hand spending is as.
As you know is this some people say is something we have to cut immediately but that it's Obama's fault that the -- is happening that we shouldn't cut spending again you know this is -- people's heads.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Day in and day out I know I I work in politics.
And I -- -- the point where I can't take it anymore can't even imagine how people who don't really pay attention on a daily basis but just now once in awhile to deal with it.
It's like it's that we're at the point -- -- we don't really expect Washington can't tell us that -- America is that where we are ever witnessed.
It's not that -- -- shot I mean honestly.
I don't think the larger point here is about to sequester I think the larger point here is about the relationship of the media it's the Obama administration and the administration is that the White House in general -- -- what I see over and over now.
Is it every time the White House wants to get in -- -- out they go to a few specific outlets that they enjoy going to.
-- -- one of those outlets as the daring to actually say something mildly against the president of the United States immediately turns around and cuts him off -- What he's doing is he's he is this is an active attempt by the White House and by the Democratic Party.
To openly say that the media has to parent their message or they're going to be cut out of the loop or personally attacked the way the Bob Woodward is even assume.
The Bob Woodward is is is wrong on this is him that he's wrong on this.
You know that the idea that they're going to come out an attack Bob Woodward personally.
If you know he was he mistakenly reported it as opposed to OK let's have a discussion about what actually happened here -- -- the story happen.
It just goes to show that this is a White House that is vindictive.
They treat the media has as though they are the you know the -- the abusive father and -- and and the children -- -- being abused or the media if they're good abusive father treats them all today if they're bad outs of the -- ago.
Very very very inconsistent -- for the children way -- USA Woodward has an interest in -- it's it's in the Washington Post.
He quotes the president at that debate we played this hour he said specifically.
That this was not something that the sequester is not something I've proposed and then Woodward goes on to say not only get Obama -- Obama personally approve of the plan.
To propose -- sequester but he says specifically then then his lieutenants did so at 2:30 PM July 27 when he eleven I mean the man's got.
Dates he's got times he's got participants he's got the exact sequence in which he claimed it happened.
And then he's got Jay Carney last week saying in fact.
It was an idea the White House -- forward to its interest in here at the push back now any event who who knows right we'll watch it play out at -- -- looks like these budget cuts are gonna take place on Friday.
-- thank you -- thank you.
Thanks so much.