Controversy over administration message to Bob Woodward
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:39
- Date Feb 28, 2013
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Well veteran journalist Bob -- -- says that the White House was really badgering him over his comments about the sequester here's what he told us CNN.
-- -- -- -- That he received.
It was said very clearly that you will regret doing this.
It makes me feel very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you're going to regret doing something.
That you believe in here's email from Gene Sperling quote.
I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying that -- -- as states code is asking for revenues is moving the goalposts I know.
You may not believe this but as a friend I think you'll regret staking out that claim.
So what what about this back and forth.
There have been other reporters since then and have come out and talked about this White House.
And the pressure they've felt from the White House the White House obviously push back.
Very hard today as did many on the left we're back with the panel Charles your thoughts.
Look I respect Woodward I think he's right on the origins of the sequester.
And on Obama changing the terms of my including tax hikes but when you look at the -- he just look at it in isolation.
I don't see you as a threat.
For two reasons number one after he says you will regret he goes on sentence after sentence explaining that what he means it.
-- regretted it because I think your facts -- wrong in this instance.
But the most telling aspect of this is Woodward's email response.
Which is a warm and polite friendly response.
In which the reason there's.
There's no anger there's no umbrage that if you -- I were threatened we would start every bill.
By saying how dare you US -- Now this is not to say that the -- hasn't intimidate or threaten others we have from Lanny Davis -- let's -- he was our radio show I've done here.
-- -- I wish he talked about actually an instance in which this White House reached out.
The good Irish.
Told was avert threatened by this picture happy that it can continue to run like album he would move under its reporters -- that -- -- credential.
So that is unfortunate it is an intemperate percent.
Course Lanny -- of former White House counsel for.
Bill Clinton Democrat if true it's a threat Ron Fournier of National Journal spoke today he wrote -- column about.
And attempted intimidation we -- know it fox.
The administration has attempted intimidation.
The way to marginalize fox him and I myself was.
Specifically what a volcanic attacked by the chief communications of the White House accusing me of issuing the following statement about Obama.
For which fight for Dan Pfeiffer had to.
Issue -- public retraction and apologies that was classic by the way but evolving at Churchill statute -- right.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I wanna go back to that but go ahead continue I'd love to love me rewind that tape when he made it to -- a lot of fun.
The point is I don't think this is an instance of the obvious.
Thuggery of this administration in dealing with other -- understood and then -- -- was -- David -- tweet.
One in which he.
During this whole back and forth tweets this watching would word the last two days it's like imagine my idol Mike Schmidt the Phillies.
Facing live pitching again perfection gained wants is rarely -- why would -- senior.
-- take the time.
To do that doesn't seem well doesn't seem a little bit like maybe he was touching -- -- Woodward.
I think -- was touching a nerve there I think -- was securing Woodward and I think being unfair.
To Woodward but I think he was delighting in -- circumstance.
And being mean spirited about it if you know club I don't think that's any surprise.
I mean the -- through this whole thing is I think the world about what was my former colleague.
But I just don't think that he was threatened in any way I'm someone who's been threatened believe me by -- my life my children.
And I just you know I think this is craziness and and I just understand why he's doing it.
Have tremendous respect for -- -- quicker and better as the only none Washingtonian at the table I think this is really in the weeds the essence here is that the president suggested.
Created sequester and is now trying to walk back from it and Bob Woodward told the truth when he said that.
I really don't think he was afraid of Gene Sperling they're they're good place as well guess what we get to hear from Bob Woodward tonight.
Watch Hannity tonight 9 PM -- interview Bob Woodward you can hear from the man himself.