All the President's Men 2: JournoList Boogaloo.—
Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) February 28, 2013
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.
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.