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Bob Woodward trolled us
The Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/13 | Matt K. Lewis

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 Administration’s “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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KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; genesperling; partisanmediashills; sequester; woodward
Sour grapes Matt?
1 posted on 02/28/2013 12:49:17 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

..any threats Matt?


2 posted on 02/28/2013 12:51:30 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Nachum; All

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.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 12:55:04 PM PST by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

“Nice career ya gots dere Bob. Beez a shame what anythin’ wuz ta happen ta it...”

It’s the Chicago way.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 12:58:44 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Nachum

Should I know Matt Lewis?


5 posted on 02/28/2013 1:00:18 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Nachum
Good!

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.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 1:02:17 PM PST by Savage Beast (The forces of decadence are the forces of evil.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

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.


7 posted on 02/28/2013 1:02:58 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Nachum

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.


8 posted on 02/28/2013 1:04:34 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
And Lanny davis and Fournier have been on the receiving end, too.

Lanny Davis coming up on Hannity Show soon.
9 posted on 02/28/2013 1:05:26 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Nachum

The email exchange

From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013

Bob:

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.

Gene


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


10 posted on 02/28/2013 1:13:16 PM PST by FewsOrange
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To: Nachum

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.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 1:22:10 PM PST by servo1969
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To: Nachum

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.


12 posted on 02/28/2013 1:24:48 PM PST by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: don-o

Apparently he’s very, very important.


13 posted on 02/28/2013 1:30:12 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Nachum

What is REALLY being lost is :

THE SEQUESTER WAS OBAMA’S IDEA.

(Woodward v. Sperling is the undercard.)


14 posted on 02/28/2013 1:31:14 PM PST by babble-on
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
He did troll us. After I read the emails... I was like... BFD.

Exclusive: The Woodward, Sperling emails revealed

Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:59:15 AM · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies

15 posted on 02/28/2013 1:33:23 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


16 posted on 02/28/2013 1:49:57 PM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Nachum
Bob Woodwood is both a lurker and a poster on Free Republic. Here's a PM he sent to me about my relationship with G. Gordon Liddy back in the day. Enjoy!

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,

17 posted on 02/28/2013 1:54:54 PM PST by STD ( Intellectuals, they are a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization)
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To: babble-on

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.


18 posted on 02/28/2013 1:56:07 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
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.

IMHO, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and really nothing new.

Or should I say.... should not be 'unexpected'.

19 posted on 02/28/2013 1:58:35 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Nachum; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; All
It's good that Woodward spoke out, he's already got the ball rolling with Clinton aide, Lanny Davis, and reporter Ron Fournier immediately jumping into the fray!


20 posted on 02/28/2013 2:08:14 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Nachum

This article was posted by a lib claiming no threat:

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-woodward-white-house-email-threats-20130228,0,393202.story


21 posted on 02/28/2013 2:09:15 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: STD; rwoodward

That poster is bonafide

I doubt that is the Bob Woodward of Watergate and authorship fame


22 posted on 02/28/2013 2:15:04 PM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Nachum

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?


23 posted on 02/28/2013 2:24:26 PM PST by Txngal
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To: wardaddy

That’s why the Q & A?


24 posted on 02/28/2013 2:45:54 PM PST by STD ( Intellectuals, they are a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Since this is the Chicago way, that would be “Nice career youse gots dere Bob”.


25 posted on 02/28/2013 3:12:24 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: chopperjc

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.


26 posted on 02/28/2013 3:29:52 PM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on
What is REALLY being lost is :
THE SEQUESTER WAS OBAMA’S IDEA.
(Woodward v. Sperling is the undercard.)

Bingo.

27 posted on 02/28/2013 4:10:45 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Nachum
Sour grapes Matt?

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.

28 posted on 02/28/2013 4:17:35 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment. -Ludwig von Mises)
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To: BfloGuy; Terry Mross

Maybe I was right?


29 posted on 02/28/2013 5:35:01 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: babble-on

Congratulations, you should be in congress. You have bought into the talking points.


30 posted on 02/28/2013 5:36:04 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: chopperjc

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”


31 posted on 02/28/2013 6:54:54 PM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on

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.


32 posted on 02/28/2013 9:27:36 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: Savage Beast
Your failure to expose corruption in the Presidential Administrations that followed Nixon's cast serious doubt on your motivations.

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.

33 posted on 02/28/2013 9:57:55 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: chopperjc

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.


34 posted on 03/01/2013 6:05:18 AM PST by babble-on
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