All the president’s stenographers: How the toady media tried to make Woodward ‘regret’ his reporting

In an exclusive report this morning, Politico released the text of the email exchange in which White House adviser Gene Sperling told Bob Woodward he would “regret staking out” his claims about President Obama and the sequester.

“I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim,” wrote Sperling after apologizing for raising his voice in a phone call.

Woodward’s reply:

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.

A few possible takes on that email exchange:

President Obama’s stenographers and mouthpieces are giddy over the release of the emails, natch.

But as Twitchy reported last night, the biggest story here is one of media narratives and the press’ sycophantic enthusiasm for crucifying anyone who dares to kick a speck of dirt onto the president’s robes.

Obama’s steno pool saw Woodward’s claim not as news, but as marching orders: Discredit Woodward and make him the story to distract from his reporting on Obama’s sequester. And destroy him for failing to bury that bone like a good lapdog.

Even before the content of the emails was revealed, Woodward’s interpretation was dismissed by Obama’s bootlickers as the product of senility or cowardice.

And these “real reporters” did their damnedest to make sure Woodward would “regret” even mentioning that the sequester originated in Obama’s White House. Anything to avert a Humpty Dumpty moment for The Light-bringer.

Such objectivity from the palace guard! And all before the good little soldiers bothered to obtain the emails. (ICYMI, more here.)

Upset the narrative, pay the price. But tell us again how there’s no liberal bias in the media.

Related:

Obama henchman David Plouffe: Bob Woodward should be put out to pasture

Bob Woodward: ‘Very senior person’ at White House said you’ll ‘regret’ reporting on sequester

As Left ramps up campaign to discredit him, others proudly #StandWithWoodward

  • sb36695

    Valerie Jarrett “There Will Be Hell to Pay” for Obama’s Critics

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Obama is trying to make an example of Woodward by having his lefty wolfpack hit him hard and fast.

    Obama taught Alinsky tactics and here they are.

    • SpinMeNot

      The wheels on the bus go over Bob, then round and round.

    • SpinMeNot

      The wheels on the bus go over Bob, then round and round.

  • peteee363

    a jounalist too far, coming to a theater soon!

  • Garym

    Its all about the 2014 elections. MUST DESTROY REPUBLICANS anyway they can. Including throwing one of thier own under the bus.

    Rush is exactly right: for the first time in my life, i’m ashamed of my country.

    • SpinMeNot

      I now have this image of BHO, VJ, and EH zooming through the subbasements of the WH in Dalek machines/ bodies … Weaving around cardboard cutouts of the Founding Fathers …

      “EXTERMINATE ! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!”

      • Garym

        Back in the 70’s & 80’s when Pres Nixon’s name would come up in the media, you would always hear about his enemies list. The media these days, helps Obama build his list. These are dark days.

    • SpinMeNot

      I now have this image of BHO, VJ, and EH zooming through the subbasements of the WH in Dalek machines/ bodies … Weaving around cardboard cutouts of the Founding Fathers …

      “EXTERMINATE ! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!”

  • Maxx

    Fine, let’s change the narrative.

    Woodward kind of sort of not threatened by White House, only definitely for sure viciously attacked by their stench-stained stenographers.

    Feel better now malcontents?

  • Marcy Cook

    “Revenge”

  • NeoKong

    If there is an upside here it would be the revealing glimpse at what such slimy little butt smooching media hacks so many have shown themselves to be. Not towing the line will not be tolerated.

  • V the K

    As Jim Treacher has noted: The MFM aren’t attacking Woodward for lying, they’re attacking him for telling the truth.

  • Scott Carroll

    This is a really important piece. I don’t think the White House threatened Woodward but the media certainly did. They went even further by carrying out their threat. Banishing him from the liberal pantheon of heroes was a warning shot across the bow of any other journalist who has the temerity to do their job.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      I don’t think the White House threatened Woodward but the media certainly did.

      Which in itself is very enlightening, and scary. As mentioned above–they’re turing into Obama’s personal Cheka.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      I don’t think the White House threatened Woodward but the media certainly did.

      Which in itself is very enlightening, and scary. As mentioned above–they’re turing into Obama’s personal Cheka.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Not a single SHRED OF DIGNITY currently occupies THE WHITE HOUSE or THIS ADMINISTRATION.

    • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

      You spelled Administration incorrectly, it is spelled DNC Media.

      • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

        I stand corrected. ~_^

        • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

          :-)

    • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

      You spelled Administration incorrectly, it is spelled DNC Media.

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    I had my money on Valerie Jerrett as the thug. I hope Woodward has more damaging info, like a tape of that “yelling” phone call prior to the apology email.

    • RightThinking1

      Yelling is one of the things they do best.

    • RightThinking1

      Yelling is one of the things they do best.

  • HARP2

    All this because Bob caught bammy in an outright lie.

    • RightThinking1

      Racist!

      Gee, that’s easy…, no wonder they do it all of the time.

    • RightThinking1

      Racist!

      Gee, that’s easy…, no wonder they do it all of the time.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    0BAMA SHILLS in FULL BLOWN CANNIBAL MODE.

  • Howzah123

    The media are turning into Obama’s personal little Cheka

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      Ooo…good word! (I even had to look it up) Well-played

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      Ooo…good word! (I even had to look it up) Well-played

  • SJ’s Dad

    Hey you know what might be fun? . . .
    We should send them all, “O” included, the DVD “All The President’s Men”!
    (Good Times!)

  • EastValleyConservative

    It was a threat. And the WH reaching out to individual reporters to discuss a story they don’t like is evidence of what goes on time and again.

  • $23629333

    I’m as happy as everyone else to watch the self-immolation of the Demedia.* Unfortunately – the cinders aside – the Demedia still maintains enough reach and influence to swing the elections in the near future. If America is to be rescued, with some semblance of democracy and solvency, the Demedia must be targeted and diminished significantly. Financial “bleeding” is called for.

    (* short for Democratic media)

    • SpinMeNot

      There is a regular caller to the Bill Bennett Morning in America radio program that is a Doctor, I am drawing a blank on his name. This morning he referred to the DNC controlled media as “presstitutes”. I had to stop at a gas station and clean the coffee of the inside of my windshield.

      Demedia is better … I love it.

      *hat-tip*

      EDIT: Dr. Marty …

    • SpinMeNot

      There is a regular caller to the Bill Bennett Morning in America radio program that is a Doctor, I am drawing a blank on his name. This morning he referred to the DNC controlled media as “presstitutes”. I had to stop at a gas station and clean the coffee of the inside of my windshield.

      Demedia is better … I love it.

      *hat-tip*

      EDIT: Dr. Marty …

    • RightThinking1

      I am not hopeful, but it is at least possible that seeing one of their own knee-capped may make them stop and think.., as I said, I am doubtful:

      Andrea Mitchell: ‘Frankly there isn’t enough tough reporting in Washington these days’

      MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell weighed in on
      the Obama administration’s recent aggressive pushback against famous
      journalist Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.

      http://newsok.com/andrea-mitchell-frankly-there-isnt-enough-tough-reporting-in-washington-these-days/article/feed/507178

    • RightThinking1

      I am not hopeful, but it is at least possible that seeing one of their own knee-capped may make them stop and think.., as I said, I am doubtful:

      Andrea Mitchell: ‘Frankly there isn’t enough tough reporting in Washington these days’

      MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell weighed in on
      the Obama administration’s recent aggressive pushback against famous
      journalist Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.

      http://newsok.com/andrea-mitchell-frankly-there-isnt-enough-tough-reporting-in-washington-these-days/article/feed/507178

  • anjullyn

    And now Lanny Davis is disclosing how his editor was intimidated…and then Ron Fornier has ALSO stepped up to give his threat info from the WH. This is the Chicago Way….thugs and threats.

  • JCRocks

    While Obama and the Dems think they are doing a good job of destroying the GOP, what they’re actually doing is revealing more and more of their true nature to the public. I hope, I hope and pray, that the public will punish the Dems in 2014 and 2016 for their bad policy and worse tactics.

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    White House accuses Bob Woodward of journalism. #StandWithWoodward

  • wyatt81

    Lying, gutless wonders in the media. Contemptible little people who feel they deserve the control and contempt of the WH. Just like an abusive parent with an abused kid.

  • Adela Wagner

    Bret : SQUIRREL! He’s right about it being “nutty”. Make it about Woodward, and wag that dog. Although I believe he is being threatened too. Anyone shedding as much as a glimpse of light on this evil shall be threatened…or worse.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    Woodward oldthinker, unbellyfeel AmSoc. Doubleplus thoughtcrime!

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    Woodward oldthinker, unbellyfeel AmSoc. Doubleplus thoughtcrime!

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    What is really pissing off the WH is that the…………….SQUIRREL tactic is losing it’s punch and………………………SHUT UP RACIST! That one never goes out of style, expecting that to be coming out like gangbusters………….again!

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    What is really pissing off the WH is that the…………….SQUIRREL tactic is losing it’s punch and………………………SHUT UP RACIST! That one never goes out of style, expecting that to be coming out like gangbusters………….again!

  • Howzah123

    Any reporter who doesn’t lick Obama’s boots is going to be “Woodwarded” from now on

    The Leftist Media has shown their cards

  • Howzah123

    Any reporter who doesn’t lick Obama’s boots is going to be “Woodwarded” from now on

    The Leftist Media has shown their cards

  • rivers

    We are in the age of the d-bag media. Isn’t it impressive that card carrying members of Obama’s heinie-posse like Yglesisas can blitheyly ignore Woodward’s original point without breaking a sweat?

  • rivers

    We are in the age of the d-bag media. Isn’t it impressive that card carrying members of Obama’s heinie-posse like Yglesisas can blitheyly ignore Woodward’s original point without breaking a sweat?

  • BeeKaaay

    Looks like Woodward didn’t get the memo, that he was only supposed to expose a REPUBLICAN president…..oh well :)

  • Susan Reaney

    UNBELIEVABLE, A White House Administrator calls a well-known, life-long Journalist, screams and yells at him for 30 minutes, then sends him an email of appology stating that as a so-call friend he’ll regret his actions; and that’s NOT in anyway considered a threat? OH YEAH BABY! Let’s leave out the totality of the circumstances, let’s not even remotely consider the screaming and yelling on the phone prior to covering his ass with an email appology. Oh yeah, that’d work in a court of law! NOT.
    You can bet your backside Woodward was threatened; and BIG TIME!