Did Obama administration threaten Bob Woodward?
Debate over comments to journalist
- Duration 3:14
- Date Feb 28, 2013
Debate over comments to journalist
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-- referenced in Ed's piece a story of influence and pressure intimidation and bullying perception and reality.
And a journalism icon under fire from a White House that let him behind the curtain.
Here's chief political correspondent Carl Cameron.
The disclosure of emails between the White House and journalist Bob Woodward warning that he might quote regret -- reporting on the automatic spending cuts has Washington buzzing.
Was it a reprisal threat for tough reporting for a friendly heads up but -- facts were wrong.
The White House denies the Gene Sperling director of the president's National Economic Council was menacing -- last week insisting he was respectful when he emailed quote.
I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying that the president of the United States asking for revenues is moving the goal post.
I know you may not believe this but as a friend I think you'll regret sticking up that claim.
Woodward the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist of Watergate fame wrote back.
You do not ever have to apologize to me this is all part of a serious discussion I also welcome your personal advice I am listening.
Conservatives are divided red state blogger Erick Erickson tweeted quote okay wow.
Finally read -- email to Woodward Imus now moved to the not a threat camp but Karl Rove the former top strategist to President Bush and Fox News contributor sees it there.
Currently when you say you're gonna regret this he carries an implied threat or they really wanted to sort of do send a threat to a broader group they've made it to Woodward.
Woodward is probably unfazed by it but maybe there -- other reporters you'll get the message you screw with us and -- Chicago style politics in return.
Even democratic super lawyer Lanny Davis who dealt with the press during president Clinton's impeachment.
Considers the -- to Woodward inappropriate and says some of his columns for The Washington Times prompted similar Obama administration's threat.
-- the -- I wish.
Told would avert threatened by this picture that he can continue to run my columns he would move under its reporters recruit that way that credential.
So that is unfortunate it is -- -- intemperate percent.
Ron -- the highly respected -- -- National Journal today described his own run in with an Obama official quote.
As editor in chief of National Journal I received several emails and telephone calls from this White House official -- the vulgarity abusive language and virtually the same phrase that Woodward called a veiled threat.
-- was granted brought unfettered access to the Obama White House in the first term it's hard to dispute but he's under attack in the second.
Former senior White House advisor in 2008 Obama campaign manager David -- hammered Woodward as has been in a tweet just last night quote.
Watching -- last two days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again perfection -- once is rarely repeated.
Plenty of reporters.
Obama received angry calls and emails from his staff and frankly it began long before he was elected.
And it really never stop what's surprising in this case is that is finally been -- Bob Woodward.
And at this time he went public with a -- you and I both received emails like that certainly you've also heard stories about.
This White House -- Republicans and Democrats alike do it the -- Obama administration.
Has been known to -- -- to object aggressively.
Very very effectively because there I've been reporters who said that they've actually change the reporting.
There was an article written by -- for Huffington Post on the report on the Obama administration's side who -- the press has been too deferential article lot of reporters in the White House brief you think that.
Our Karl -- -- the panel thank you.