Skip to comments.Bob Woodward trolled us
Posted on 02/28/2013 12:49:06 PM PST by Nachum
Twitter exploded last night, after Bob Woodward revealed that White House official had warned him he would regret saying Obama had moved the goal posts on sequestration.
Predictably, conservatives latched onto this, as it confirmed our suspicion about the Obama Administrations Chicago-style of politics. A lot of mainstream journalists bought into this, too reflexively believing anything the great Bob Woodward says.
Of course, Woodward (who was expert at trolling for publicity before the internet even existed), benefits greatly from the publicity (nothing sells books like controversy).
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..any threats Matt?
No, Woodward did not troll us.
What is being lost in all of this, is that Woodward got about a 30 minute earful from the White House, and that earful wasn’t whispered sweet nothings, either.
And Lanny davis and Fournier have been on the receiving end, too.
“Nice career ya gots dere Bob. Beez a shame what anythin’ wuz ta happen ta it...”
It’s the Chicago way.
Should I know Matt Lewis?
MESSAGE TO BOB:
Expose corruption in ALL Washington politicians--and journalists--as you did Nixon, and you will prove that you are a truth seeker rather than a partisan hack.
Your failure to expose corruption in the Presidential Administrations that followed Nixon's cast serious doubt on your motivations.
Your insightful comment points out the underlying mentality of the oppressors.
They seriously believe they are owed obeisance from the press.
They see it as their INGSOC. Threats are just part and parcel of keeping their troops in line - kind of like the First Sergeant chewing out the Privates.
I don’t think that it is the Chicago way, actually, I think it is Hillary’s revenge.
Watch all of those who are loyal to her line up against the Obamas.
Trotting Michelle out everywhere was always going to make her annoyed.
The email exchange
From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013
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 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 barain 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. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)
I agree there are more than one side to our first disagreement, but again think this latter issue is diffferent. Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.
My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.
From Woodward to Sperling on Feb. 23, 2013
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 don’t know. The email was sent after the fact. It may not reflect the tone of the original statement. After all, it’s in writing. This administration doesn’t leave a trail if it can help it.
It was a trivial nudge... but my guess is that Woodard had been nudged one too many times by the WH and knows lots of others the WH has nudged. This time Woodward pushed back.
Apparently he’s very, very important.
What is REALLY being lost is :
THE SEQUESTER WAS OBAMA’S IDEA.
(Woodward v. Sperling is the undercard.)
The moral of the story is: never trust a left wing partisan hack. He appeared to change his stripes, but that was so he could get some air time from our news channels.
Everybody comes to FR for the news, BTW
Re: Missing parts of Nixon tapes released(18 mins) From rwoodward | 03/06/2011 12:01:40 PM PST replied Yes I would be very interested in what Mr. Liddy had discussed with you. God Bless,
Some believe the sequester is a good idea, most do not. As far as whose fault it is? I do not care! The CBO states it will hurt the economy. The blame game does not fix the problem. Just my 2 cents.
IMHO, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and really nothing new.
Or should I say.... should not be 'unexpected'.
This article was posted by a lib claiming no threat:
That poster is bonafide
I doubt that is the Bob Woodward of Watergate and authorship fame
I’m a bit skeptical to believe either side on this but I’m not sure why people are quick to dismiss it based on an email. This administration is nasty...and magically this works out in the White House’s favor?
That’s why the Q & A?
Since this is the Chicago way, that would be “Nice career youse gots dere Bob”.
Well, it does matter, because the White House’s political strategy rests on blaming the Republicans for it.
As far as fixing the problem, it is the blame game, and the public’s reaction that will determine which side has to give in. If the public thinks the Republicans are being obstructionist and stopping a reasonable compromise solution, then the Republicans will have to cave and raise taxes again, or else lose the next election even worse than the last one.
If on the other hand, the public decides the White House is a bunch of liars who constantly move the goalposts to fit their whims, then it’s the Democrats who will surrender or face the wrath of the voters.
So you’re wrong, the blame game is the only game for the time being.
No. Just a sensible analysis of the facts.
When I saw conservatives start to drool over Woodward, I suspected we were being played. He probably sold 10,000 books from people who wouldn't have considered it before his big "break" from the administration.
Maybe I was right?
Congratulations, you should be in congress. You have bought into the talking points.
and you have succeeded in expressing, well, nothing at all other than your faith in the CBO’s forecast that “ummm, sequesters are bad, mmkay”
Not being an economist I am not sure what will happen, but even many republicans, including many Govenor’s, have said it will cost jobs and hurt the economy. Sandevol, Walker, Scott, Jindal, Kaisich, and others have expressed problems with the upcoming cuts and have stated it will hurt their individual state economies. So I will lean towards there opinions since it seems almost unanimous. With that being said as far as passing blame? Realistically both sides are culpable. It was a bi-partisan screw up. You know it I know it. Trying to win the PR battle is a pipe dream. Polling shows republicans are down some 15-20 points on the issue. Is the mainstream media driving the narrative? Well of course but complaining about that does not fix the problem. The country club republicans are complaining because defense contractors are going to be hurt. Should teachers, fireman and other essential services get cut small business takes a hit. Cuts need to happen but with a scalpel not a meat clever or the patient dies. Passing blame? I just not only believe republicans lose on the issue in looking at current polling but in the end there is enough blame for this to go around which is closer to the truth anyway. So what is a good compromise? 3-1? 5-1? 10-1? Or are we at the point no tax loopholes closed so no revenue allowed? If that is the case let it happen because that is what is best for the country? Most do not seem to believe that. I do not have the answers but I can spot the slow train wreck approaching.
What I find interesting is that this Woodward thing is what ends up as "news". The POSOTUS and his regime have generated multiple abominations per day for 4+ years, any one of them sufficient to send the criminals off to the big house, but the MSM has been wholly disinterested.
But then Woodward finds himself dissed by some White Hut lackey and whoo-boy, this admin is OUTTA control!
Maybe the irony is that this kind of nonsense will be what takes down the regime because the egotistical media appears to have a thinner skin than even Obama.
So everybody should just grow up and come up with a reasonable compromise and stop all the bickering. I guess we all feel that way a lot of the time, but wishing the world were like that does not make it be that way. Even when the end result IS a reasonable compromise, maybe the fiscal cliff compromise was something you liked, it’s still always a brutal slog to get there. We don’t reach the real brink on this sequester story until the 27th of this month, so until then be ready to be annoyed.