When did Bob Woodward become such a weenie?

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Last night on CNN, Bob Woodward made national news when he complained that he had been threatened in an email exchange with an unnamed top White House official. According to the Watergate legend, the “very senior” official warned him that if he reported news about the sequestration in a way the White House did not like, “you will regret doing this.”

Put that way, it certainly sounds ominous. And just to drive the point home, Woodward repeated the claim in an interview with Politico:

“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.’”

“They have to be willing to live in the world where they’re challenged,” Woodward continued in his calm, instantly recognizable voice. “I’ve tangled with lots of these people. But suppose there’s a young reporter who’s only had a couple of years — or 10 years’ — experience and the White House is sending him an email saying, ‘You’re going to regret this.’ You know, tremble, tremble. I don’t think it’s the way to operate.”

Again, that does sound potentially serious, particularly since this “threat” struck home with someone as experienced and presumably tough as Woodward.

As it turns out, however, the very senior official in question was Gene Sperling, who as head of the National Economic Council is not exactly in a position to order drones rained upon Woodward’s increasingly big head.

The e-mail exchange between Woodward and Sperling has also been released. Here is what Sperling wrote:

“I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand bargain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really.”

And here’s how Woodward responded after this supposed “threat”:

“Gene: You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them. This is all part of a serious discussion. I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the importance. I also welcome your personal advice. I am listening. I know you lived all this. My partial advantage is that I talked extensively with all involved. I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob

I’ve been in more than my share of those conversations, with everybody from county commissioners to U.S. senators. It’s ridiculous for Woodward to claim that he felt threatened or intimidated by it. In the first place, the context makes it clear that Sperling was warning Woodward that if he reported things that way, he would regret it because it would be factually incorrect. There was no other implication, and Woodward’s response makes no mention that he felt threatened in any way.

Even if you try real real real hard to imagine Sperling’s email as some threat, it in no way justifies Woodward’s collapse upon his fainting couch.

When Woodward and Carl Bernstein were breaking the Watergate story 40 years ago, Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, famously warned Bernstein that Washington Post owner “Katie Graham … is gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that’s published.”

THAT was a threat.

Indeed, Nixon plotted how to revoke federal licenses for TV stations owned by the Post as a way to get back at the newspaper.

“They should give some thought to taking on the guy that went into Cambodia and Laos, ran the Cambodian bombing campaign,” an angry Nixon was taped as telling an aide in the White House. “What do the hell they think they’re doing in there?” Later he abandoned that approach, telling the same aide that “We’re going to screw them another way.… They don’t really realize how rough I can play.… But when I start, I will kill them. There’s no question about it.”

Sad to say, Woodward’s grotesque exaggeration of his exchange with Sperling diminishes both his standing and credibility.

– Jay Bookman

526 comments Add your comment

getalife

February 28th, 2013
12:58 pm

He has to lie to sell books.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
12:58 pm

Granny Godzilla

February 28th, 2013
12:59 pm

Weenie?

Best be kosher.

TBS

February 28th, 2013
1:01 pm

Read the email exchange earlier.

Good to know that taken into context it isn’t exactly as some would like to believe.

With that said, this story will be gone in a week. I don’t really see much substance either way. WH will downplay it and the right will attempt to get as much traction as possible to keep the story going.

Granny Godzilla

February 28th, 2013
1:02 pm

I think we should cut the guy some slack, he WAS on Nixon’s enemies list.

Along with Joe Namath, Gregory Peck and get this….Carol Channing.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
1:04 pm

Would he sell any of his books if he told the truth?

His last book was nothing but rw spin.

No credibility.

stands for decibels - tagline available for rent

February 28th, 2013
1:04 pm

I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.

I read that line, earlier this morning, and… well, “weenie” wasn’t the word I was going to use.

Dharma Bum

February 28th, 2013
1:06 pm

Mr. Bookman, you don’t get to tell someone whether they feel threatened or not. While I personally feel as you do that the exchange doesn’t really seem particularly threatening, that doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be interpreted in another way by Mr. Woodward, for whom this message was originally directed. Read an e-mail three times, and it can come across in three different tones.

Erwin's cat

February 28th, 2013
1:07 pm

So Nixon made better threats?

I’m sure the subtlety of the “threat” is not overlooked by some

barking frog

February 28th, 2013
1:08 pm

Woodward has always been a weenie. His only claim to
fame has been that a wayward FBI Agent chose him to
receive information and he has ridden that horse to death.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 28th, 2013
1:08 pm

“It’s ridiculous for….”

you’ve summed up every glorious cringe-worthy con stunt since ‘08
right there, host

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
1:10 pm

Maybe he thought Jessie J. was going to cut his nutz off?

Granny Godzilla

February 28th, 2013
1:11 pm

harma Bum

February 28th, 2013
1:06 pm

Mr. Bookman, you don’t get to tell someone whether they feel threatened or not.
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Correct!

We do however reserve the right to chuckle over it….

getalife

February 28th, 2013
1:11 pm

nixon self destructed too like his party.

Doggone/GA

February 28th, 2013
1:12 pm

“With that said, this story will be gone in a week”

No, it won’t. Our WORM brained cons will be telling us for the next 4 years that Obama threatened him. It’s been implanted and can’t ever be changed.

Jay

February 28th, 2013
1:12 pm

Dharma, the issue isn’t whether Woodward felt threatened. It’s not about his apparently tender fee-fees.

The issue is whether he WAS threatened. He was not.

Peadawg

February 28th, 2013
1:12 pm

‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’

I agree. I think people’s problem is with the word “regret”. It does come off as a threat and bullying.

Mr. Snarky

February 28th, 2013
1:13 pm

Sounds like he’s auditioning for Fox News. What a Dbag.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
1:13 pm

“Clint Eastwood has joined more than 100 Republicans in arguing that gays and lesbians should be allowed to legally wed”

Change.

Jay

February 28th, 2013
1:13 pm

“‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’

Except that Sperling never told Woodward “you’re going to regret challenging us.” That is a gross distortion of what Sperling wrote.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
1:13 pm

Yes, fox will hire him.

Regnad Kcin

February 28th, 2013
1:15 pm

So, I predict that most of the posters here of the conservative persuasion who posted about this today are honorable men, and will acknowledge their error on this blog.

In earnest of my prediction, and my belief in the integrity of said conservative posters, I am going to hold my breath until at least one poster retracts.

Here goes…

Here I go!

tim fry

February 28th, 2013
1:15 pm

He didn’t just become a “weenie”; if you’ve listened to him for the last 10 years, half of his on air discussion has included whining or whimpering about something. He did a great service with others 40 years ago, but he needs to move on. And Sperling is right re the substance involved.

BMDPD

February 28th, 2013
1:15 pm

As a ‘uh-um’ “Journalist”. (Ha Ha I have to laugh at that.) I would figure you would be trying to protect your slimy brethren, Jay. I am shocked. I also laugh at you calling someone else a Weenie.

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
1:16 pm

“Yes, fox will hire him.”

Unless he happens to have an “accident”

bookman parrot

February 28th, 2013
1:16 pm

typical lib bashing

Skip

February 28th, 2013
1:16 pm

I feel like I stumbled in on a kindergarten class recess.

Keyser Soze

February 28th, 2013
1:17 pm

I regret that Mr. Fenster won’t be joining us this afternoon.

BSNBC

February 28th, 2013
1:17 pm

Why do liberals like to call people names all the time! Woodward became a “weenie” when Obama became a Nixon!

TBS

February 28th, 2013
1:17 pm

“I am going to hold my breath until at least one poster retracts. ”

suicide is not the answer

Mike

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Woodward needed some attention before he shops another book. Any fair viewing of the e-mails shows he is more dramatic than a 13 year teenage girl. CNN is no better.

Peadawg

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

“Except that Sperling never told Woodward “you’re going to regret challenging us.”

But that’s how it came off.

BTW what the hell is up with copying something? If I copy something someone said on here and paste it, a long link is pasted that says “See more at:….”. Very annoying

bookman parrot

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

libs like to paint themselves as educated and enlightened, but on a slow day namecalling tom-foolery will suffice.

Jefferson

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

You can’t rape the willing.

Regnad Kcin

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

…please…hurry…!

Erwin's cat

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

I don’t think it can so easily dismissed as “not a threat”

If a bank robber told a clerk, if you don’t put your hands in the air, you’re gonna regret it…or if you push that silent alarm button , you’re gonna regret it…seems like a threat to me

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

Unless he happens to have an “accident”

I suspect he already wears Depends

barking frog

February 28th, 2013
1:18 pm

Skip
I feel like I stumbled in on a kindergarten class recess.
……………………………………………………………
Well sober up, and stay away from the kids !

Vinny

February 28th, 2013
1:19 pm

Weenie? I guess it takes one to know one, eh Jay-boy?

Union

February 28th, 2013
1:19 pm

for the record.. if youre at the varsity and someone says youre going to “regret” eating that.. it takes on a whole new meaning..

Rob

February 28th, 2013
1:19 pm

Threats are just another attempt to control

Liberalism is all about control

TBS

February 28th, 2013
1:19 pm

EC

And the bank teller would respond in the fashion that Woodard did via the email exchange?

Joe Hussein Mama

February 28th, 2013
1:20 pm

D. Bum — “Mr. Bookman, you don’t get to tell someone whether they feel threatened or not. While I personally feel as you do that the exchange doesn’t really seem particularly threatening, that doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be interpreted in another way by Mr. Woodward, for whom this message was originally directed.”

That may well be, but I can’t see someone as accomplished and as experienced as Mr. Woodward reading that passage as being SO threatening that he needed to spread the notion around amongst the chattering class in DC. Mr. Woodward’s certainly within his rights to feel whatever he felt, but once he’s disseminated the meat of the conversation, he would have to expect that people are going to read the conversation with their *own* thoughts, opinions and biases, not his own.

IMO, either Woodward really was intimidated by the conversation (which I personally find implausible) or he was trying to gin up some coverage and attention (and who in Washington isn’t?).

getalife

February 28th, 2013
1:21 pm

moonbat,

He wrote two books praising w then turned on w with a third book.

It was probably bs too so they will cut his access and he will go to fox news.

Peadawg

February 28th, 2013
1:21 pm

“for the record.. if youre at the varsity and someone says youre going to “regret” eating that.. it takes on a whole new meaning..”

HaHa! Absolutely. It depends on the context.

Union

February 28th, 2013
1:22 pm

its all about translation.. if someone tells me my taxes are not being raised.. just previous tax cuts eliminated.. and i have less money in my paycheck and more going to my friend fica.. it doesnt matter if anyone in washington is trying to tell me its not really what i think it is.

Brosephus™ - She say you soul brother too beaucoup

February 28th, 2013
1:22 pm

Even if you try real real real hard to imagine Sperling’s email as some threat, it in no way justifies Woodward’s collapse upon his fainting couch.

Two words… book sales!!

HistoryofMatt

February 28th, 2013
1:22 pm

Amazing how the “legitimate” media continues to turn on one of their own when he refuses to comply with the agenda of acting as O’s biggest cheerleaders.

Woodward’s one of the few to actually tell the truth about the sequester mess and turn his cross-hairs on the White House and place the blame where it actually belongs: with the Administration. Of course, the “legitimate” media cannot have this.

Now Jay, as a columnist and someone who editorializes, is obviously mostly biased to one side, and we recognize this. But just take to google to find all of the supposedly impartial journalists who’ve now turned on a man they revered not even two weeks ago as a paragon of virtue because he refuses to drink the Administration’s Kool-Aid, and is actually interested in finding truth, not ideology.

So they seek to undercut Woodward by gloaming onto this story, all to continue the agenda of protecting O at all costs.

Even in saying this, Jay’s snark to undercut Woodward’s position on the sequester and his exposing of the truth therein is a symptom of a much larger problem:

The Fourth Estate is dead. Nothing more than a closet full of puppets for the White House and the Democrats. They refuse to investigate this White House. They take all of their talking points from this White House. They are basically told what and how to think and write by this White House.

In fact, I’d place every dime I had betting on this “story” regarding Woodward as a smoke screen used by the White House to take all attention away from Woodward’s refusal to go along with the other lemming’s “official” sequester stories.

And Woodward isn’t the first person told by this White House that, “You’ll regret this.”

It doesn’t matter who is in the White House. Rep or Dem. It is the Fourth Estate’s role to act as a check on the power the Executive Office can wield outside of the official constraints of the government.

They attacked W every chance they could get. Mostly for good. Sometimes (thinking Dan Rather here) for ideological spite. Regardless, they did everything they could to check W.

Why don’t they behave in this way with O? Remember some of the positively stupid stories the media would run about W? Like how much golf he played, that it was too much and how he should be doing his job, not playing golf? O has played more rounds of golf in 4 years than W did in 8. So why isn’t THAT a story? The media mostly did its job with Clinton. But not with O. The media just gives O the rubber stamp.

It’s very, very frightening, how the free press is no longer free in deed, yet proclaims that they are. It’s insidious how they role over for this Administration.

We are Rome. And by my clock, it’s about 400AD. Or, to put it another way, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

If this isn’t Obama’s America, I don’t know what isn’t.

Regnad Kcin

February 28th, 2013
1:23 pm

“But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand bargain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really.”

Many of you have attempted to point out how “threatening” this quote seems to you.

I’m curious – what part of this quote actually makes you feel “threatened”?

DannyX

February 28th, 2013
1:23 pm

REGRETZI !!!

Rafe Hollister

February 28th, 2013
1:23 pm

Well finally, we aretalking about Nixon and Obama in the same column. I am glad you finally see the similarities, both with their enemies list and their destroy your enemies agenda. Both claiming to be transparent, while being more secretive than necessary and more secretive than other Presidents. They both are similar in attitude, always angry about something or some perceived transgression by some opposition group. Nixon hated the hippies, Obama the teapartiers. Both loathed being restricted by the Constitution.

Woodward is just the reluctant messenger; don’t shoot the messenger.

Jay

February 28th, 2013
1:23 pm

“If a bank robber told a clerk, if you don’t put your hands in the air, you’re gonna regret it…or if you push that silent alarm button , you’re gonna regret it…seems like a threat to me.”

Yeah, but Gene Sperling is an economist, not an armed bank robber, and Woodward is a reporter not a bank clerk, and there’s no gun or alarm button, and …. on and on and on…..

Brosephus™ - She say you soul brother too beaucoup

February 28th, 2013
1:24 pm

Our WORM brained cons will be telling us for the next 4 years that Obama threatened him. It’s been implanted and can’t ever be changed.

We’ve already witnessed evidence of this.

Doggone/GA

February 28th, 2013
1:24 pm

“suicide is not the answer”

Luckily, you can’t commit suicide by holding your breath. It’s impossible

Vinny

February 28th, 2013
1:25 pm

Hey AJC – This crap that Jay writes counts as an editorial? Using language a 3rd grader would use?

No wonder your losing market share and readership. Jay probably thinks Lanny Davis is making it up too…..

http://www.wmal.com/common/page.php?pt=WMAL+EXCLUSIVE%3A+Woodward%27s+Not+Alone+-+Fmr.+Clinton+Aide+Davis+Says+He+Received+White+House+Threat&id=8924&is_corp=0

TBS

February 28th, 2013
1:25 pm

“I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the importance. ” Woodward

Choice of words from Sperling surely not the best. With that said the quote above which comes from Woodward’s response to Sperling’s email does not come across as a man who feels threatened………

Either way, this story will be fading fast by this time next week.

Peadawg

February 28th, 2013
1:25 pm

Jay
February 28th, 2013
1:23 pm

After your horrible apples->carrots comparison of HOPE Scholarship to welfare for the poor…that was funny.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
1:25 pm

If our country was sane, there would be no cons.

Jay

February 28th, 2013
1:25 pm

Peadawg, many newspapers and other websites have been doing that for a long time. I think the idea is that it serves as a reminder to those using our content that it ought to be linked here rather than stolen outright.

YouLibs

February 28th, 2013
1:26 pm

When I read about stuff like this, I start to wonder if maybe Obama was NOT born in Kenya and the right is simply trying to manufacture scandal where none exists.

I know, that’s crazy, right? They wouldn’t do something like that because they’re all such good patriots and everything, but sometimes I just have to stop and wonder.

Jack ®

February 28th, 2013
1:26 pm

When did the White House become such a bully? Liberals cannot deal with criticisms.

TBS

February 28th, 2013
1:27 pm

Bro

Bingo. The WH unwittingly gave Woodward’s book more free PR than even Woodward and his publisher could have ever imagined.

Keyser Soze

February 28th, 2013
1:27 pm

“IMO, either Woodward really was intimidated by the conversation (which I personally find implausible)”

You and Jay are assuming implausible based upon your own experience. That’s great. Please explain what that has to do with Bob W.’s experience? Do you know Bob W. and Mr. Sperling personally? Were you the fly on the wall or on the phone during that initial yelling spat between Woodward and Sperling?

If not, I’d suggest you and Jay quit ass-u-me – ing….

Peadawg

February 28th, 2013
1:27 pm

Jay
February 28th, 2013
1:25 pm

Oh ok gotcha. It just started this week.

Mick

February 28th, 2013
1:28 pm

On top of that, who does woodward go running to? Sean hannity, easily the most wealthy doofus parading as some type of “journalist”? Now that’s what I call bottom feeding…

Erwin's cat

February 28th, 2013
1:28 pm

metaphor – a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them …sigh!

Get me Rex Kramer

February 28th, 2013
1:29 pm

I agree with your interpretation, but that is the problem with email communication. You can’t see the person’s body language or tone of voice, so quite often you have misunderstandings like this one.

BMDPD

February 28th, 2013
1:29 pm

I regret any liberals were born. Just sayin.

getalife

February 28th, 2013
1:30 pm

“Forced cuts will hammer the military” cnn.

Proceed gop.

Oscar

February 28th, 2013
1:30 pm

Much ado about nothing.
———— W. Shakespear

Granny Godzilla

February 28th, 2013
1:31 pm

Poor Bob

Kinda’ a one hit one wonder…..

Rick

February 28th, 2013
1:31 pm

The only significant thing Bob Woodward did was Watergate. Since then, he has just been a hack. And I hate him for it.

Brosephus™ - She say you soul brother too beaucoup

February 28th, 2013
1:31 pm

for the record.. if youre at the varsity and someone says youre going to “regret” eating that.. it takes on a whole new meaning..

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Woodward’s one of the few to actually tell the truth about the sequester mess and turn his cross-hairs on the White House and place the blame where it actually belongs: with the Administration. Of course, the “legitimate” media cannot have this.

HistoryofMatt

I’ll ask you the same question I asked keith the other night. Those who wish to assign blame may also respond as well.

If I ask you to stick a lit stick of dynamite in your mouth, and you decide on your own free will to do it knowing what dynamite does… Is it my fault or your fault that your brain ends up in a million pieces all around the room?

Isn’t the GOP mantra “Personal responsibility” at play here? When does the person, who executes the dumb move take responsibility for their own actions? This isn’t to say that Obama is blameless, but if Congress did not pass the bill in the first place, would we be having this discussion?

Jerry

February 28th, 2013
1:32 pm

I was a left leaning college student who greatly admired the tenacity of Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate scandal. I still admire the man. Unlike Bookman, who allows his political views to color his writings, Woodward is a true professional who will call out ANY politician, regardless of party affiliation. Woodward was a hero of the left, but when he questions one of the left’s current heroes, Woodward is ridiculed and demonized. Same ol’, same ol’ liberal behavior. Sad.

Mick

February 28th, 2013
1:32 pm

I’m always suspicious when those who are supposed to be reporting the news, become the news…

Regnad Kcin

February 28th, 2013
1:33 pm

“You and Jay are assuming implausible based upon your own experience. That’s great. Please explain what that has to do with Bob W.’s experience?”

K.S. – Can you give us the quote that you find so threatening, or potentially threatening? I really don’t see it, but maybe if you could show me the threatening quote?

Thanks in advance.

Union

February 28th, 2013
1:33 pm

@ brosephus.. some of us do not do well with.. greasy food.. :)

Brosephus™ - She say you soul brother too beaucoup

February 28th, 2013
1:35 pm

I regret any liberals were born. Just sayin.

Ummm, you do realize that when we are born, we are basically a blank slate, right? How would you determine whether one is liberal or conservative at birth?

Now, I guess you’ll regret posting something dumb, but then again I don’t know you like that. Just sayin’…

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 28th, 2013
1:36 pm

If our country was sane, there would be no cons.

get implies a country that elects B. Obama President twice is not sane. Might have a point.

Mick

February 28th, 2013
1:36 pm

jerry

Come on now, woodward wants to sell books, period. The great reporter of watergate failed us completely with the iraq war fiasco as an administration embed; watergate was a third rate burglary and nobody died. He lost his cred amny years ago..

YouLibs

February 28th, 2013
1:36 pm

Imaine that:

A political opinion writer allowing his political opinions to color his writings.

Does Kyle know about this?

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
1:37 pm

“If I ask you to stick a lit stick of dynamite in your mouth, and you decide on your own free will to do it knowing what dynamite does…”

Well, in this case, I don’t know that it could be categorized as “free will”, but if you had his testicles placed firmly in a vice at the same time, he may opt for the dynamite. :)

Brosephus™ - She say you soul brother too beaucoup

February 28th, 2013
1:37 pm

Union

I remember when the diet drug Alli first hit the market. One of the side effects they highlighted was the inability to control explosive diarrhea if fatty foods were consumed. I remember reading reports on the clinicals and felt bad for someone who took that drug and then ate something greasy. That had to be the worst way ever to find a side effect to a drug. :)

kayaker 71

February 28th, 2013
1:37 pm

So, Bookman has some advice for Bob Woodward. That’s sort of like that Obamaphone lady applying for a job to run AT&T. You certainly ain’t no Bob Woodward, Bookman.

RB from Gwinnett

February 28th, 2013
1:37 pm

Is this supposed to be news or is it just a good opportunity for somebody who still claims to be a journalist to bash his political opponents in the continued effort to discredit anybody or anything that dares question this President?

Pathetic even by your “standards” Jay….

Joe Hussein Mama

February 28th, 2013
1:37 pm

K. Soze — “You and Jay are assuming implausible based upon your own experience. That’s great.”

Um, yeah, I *said* that already. And you *quoted* me.

“Please explain what that has to do with Bob W.’s experience? Do you know Bob W. and Mr. Sperling personally? Were you the fly on the wall or on the phone during that initial yelling spat between Woodward and Sperling?”

I’m not *obliged* to know Mr. Woodward or Mr. Sperling, or to have been present in order to articulate *my* opinion on the matter.

“If not, I’d suggest you and Jay quit ass-u-me – ing….”

Do you know me? Are you looking over my shoulder right now as I’m typing this? :D

Look, Woodward’s been a reporter and writer for 40+ years. Given that, I find it very difficult to buy the idea that the conversation *as reproduced above* was so all-fired intimidating to him given how much he’s seen, done and experienced in his career. I’m not making claims or assertions about what he felt — I’m simply saying that I find it hard to believe.

Is that more clear?

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 28th, 2013
1:38 pm

IAM IN BIZZARRO WORLD

LIBERALS ARE ATTACKING AND RIDICULING BOB WOODWARD

REPUBLICANS ARE DEFENDING HIM

?????????

DannyX

February 28th, 2013
1:38 pm

Were is James Guckert/Jeff Gannon of Talon News when you need him? Now he/they was/were a great White House reporter/gay porn site owner.

Someone needs to ask President Obama, “How are you going to work – you’ve said you are going to reach out to these people – how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?

What has happened to good journalism????

Skip

February 28th, 2013
1:39 pm

Jay, just got my copy of “standing in the shadows” thanks for introducing me to it.

Brosephus™ - She say you soul brother too beaucoup

February 28th, 2013
1:39 pm

betty

ROFL!!!!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

As a man, I will honestly say that there would have to be some very serious circumstances for me to put another man in that predicament. Watching someone else getting hammered in the testicles hurts, so I couldn’t imagine seeing someone getting theirs squeezed in a vice.

That hurts just thinking about it… :cry: :cry: :cry:

QE 4 EVAH?

February 28th, 2013
1:39 pm

DannyX

February 28th, 2013
1:39 pm

“IAM IN BIZZARRO WORLD”

Indeed you are, Uncle Sam.

Union

February 28th, 2013
1:39 pm

brosephus
i have chrons disease and have learned to listen to what they tell me now. :) sorry for the tmi. back on topic

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 28th, 2013
1:40 pm

On top of that, who does woodward go running to? Sean hannity, easily the most wealthy doofus parading as some type of “journalist”? Now that’s what I call bottom feeding…

So now Hannity works at CNN and Politico? That’s what I call busy.

Granny Godzilla

February 28th, 2013
1:40 pm

Jerry

“when he questions one of the left’s current heroes”
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the question ain’t the problem the error is.

Seems Mr. Woodward claims “deficit reduction” means “spending cuts”

and guess what….

It don’t.

Anton Chigurh

February 28th, 2013
1:40 pm

Apparently this week.

Joe Hussein Mama

February 28th, 2013
1:41 pm

U. Samantha — “IAM IN BIZZARRO WORLD”

Well, at least your GPS is still working. :D

td

February 28th, 2013
1:41 pm

Jay

February 28th, 2013
1:12 pm

Dharma, the issue isn’t whether Woodward felt threatened. It’s not about his apparently tender fee-fees.

The issue is whether he WAS threatened. He was not.

(In your humble opinion) Not meant to be a factual statement.

All these progressives laws about racism, hate crimes and sexual harassment was written in a way as to go by how the receiver felt about the words or actions of another person. If you believe in these laws then you MUST believe that Woodword was threatened by the White House.

It seems to me that your defense of the administration is trumping your progressive philosophy.

Look before I leap...

February 28th, 2013
1:41 pm

“I regret any liberals were born. Just sayin.”

And that is not a threatening statement either.
Stupid maybe, but not threatening.

QE 4 EVAH?

February 28th, 2013
1:42 pm

On the topic at hand.

Bookman will never have to suffer white house threats. He offers no resistance to leftwing talking points.