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Press corps to Woodward: Really?
politico ^ | 2/28 | byers

Posted on 02/28/2013 3:50:29 PM PST by RummyChick

Bob Woodward has suggested that the White House threatened him. Many of his colleagues in the press corps aren't buying it.

By the standards of this White House, a statement like the one senior White House official Gene Sperling wrote to Woodward last week -- "I think you will regret staking out that claim" -- is both mild and familiar, reporters who have dealt with the Obama administration say.

"It's not a big deal. You've been yelled at by people in the White House, I've been yelled at by people in the White House -- I'm sure this has happened to a thousand people in Washington," Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, who deals with the White House frequently, told POLITICO. "The whole thing seems like a tempest in a teapot."

"I get emails like this almost every hour, whether it's from the White House or Capitol Hill," said Chuck Todd, the NBC News political director and senior White House correspondent. "For better or worse, flacks get paid to push back."

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; genesperling; obama; partisanmediashills; sequester

1 posted on 02/28/2013 3:50:33 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Conservatives Regret Taking Woodward’s ‘Threat’ Story Seriously

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/conservatives-regret-taking-woodwards-threat-story-seriously


2 posted on 02/28/2013 3:51:47 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick
"The whole thing seems like a tempest in a teapot."

Unless Pres. Obama happened to be a Republican . . . .

3 posted on 02/28/2013 3:52:38 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Keith Urbahn, Donald Rumsfeld’s former chief of staff, tweeted:

Vintage Woodward: Cherry-pick a friendly exchange, make it sinister & vault himself into the media. Did it with Rummy in State of Denial.
— Keith Urbahn (@keithurbahn) February 28, 2013


4 posted on 02/28/2013 3:54:18 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

My BS detector is going off. If a Republican White House used these thuggish tactics the whole press corps would rise up in indignation. Remember their whining about Nixon’s so-called “enemies list”?


5 posted on 02/28/2013 3:56:11 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: RummyChick

one of my favorites so far is at Gawker. Nixon must be laughing over Cook’s “Goodbye Bob” article


6 posted on 02/28/2013 3:56:38 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

If there were two columns labeled “journalists” and “regime propagandists”, politico has just staked their claim, firmly, in the “propagandists” column.


7 posted on 02/28/2013 4:01:03 PM PST by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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To: RummyChick

The Obama media says this is no big deal, happens all the time.

If so, I’d expect any number of the b*st*rds to come forward with the threats they received from the GWB administration. Hmmmmm, haven’t seen a one.


8 posted on 02/28/2013 4:02:09 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: brownsfan

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/02/28/fox-newss-perino-bush-effort-to-discredit-woodward-failed-miserably/

Fox News’s Perino: Bush effort to discredit Woodward ‘failed miserably


9 posted on 02/28/2013 4:03:13 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Remember the uproar by the left over John Bolton? He was denounced as a bully because he once yelled at a staffer.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 4:05:43 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: RummyChick

“Fox News’s Perino: Bush effort to discredit Woodward ‘failed miserably”

There is a decided difference between trying to discredit and threatening.

But the difference in the reaction of the Obama media to the two situations is interesting to any who would see.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 4:09:59 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: RummyChick

12 posted on 02/28/2013 4:13:37 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: 1rudeboy

Yep!!!


13 posted on 02/28/2013 4:17:23 PM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: 1rudeboy

It is a Tempest in a Teapot. Next week Woodward will be back on his knees servicing Obama just like before, and his story will be yesterdays news.


14 posted on 02/28/2013 4:24:55 PM PST by Venturer
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To: RummyChick
"It's not a big deal. You've been yelled at by people in the White House, I've been yelled at by people in the White House -- I'm sure this has happened to a thousand people in Washington," Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg

This is acceptable behavior for public servants in Jeffrey Goldberg's view?

15 posted on 02/28/2013 4:52:19 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: GreenHornet
The staffer alleged he yelled. There's a diference.
16 posted on 02/28/2013 4:54:55 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: GreenHornet
The staffer alleged he yelled. There's a difference.
17 posted on 02/28/2013 4:55:02 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: RummyChick

I’d like to see all those emails all those reporters get from the white house. I’d also like to know if they got any of these type emails from the Bush white house.


18 posted on 02/28/2013 4:59:29 PM PST by Terry Mross (How long before America is gone?)
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To: RummyChick
Journalism is a grubby profession. I am an Aussie and our media and journo gaggle of geese are no where near as partisan as the henhouse journalists in U.S but its kinda headed that way . You now see newsreaders sneaking editorial commentary into what should be a straight out just the facts news story. A conceited bunch of chardonnay socialists half of them. That's my take from the land of Oz.
19 posted on 02/28/2013 5:41:28 PM PST by Long Jon No Silver
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To: Venturer

Agreed. If we are to truly make progress on the conservative front we need to be careful about falling for these little traps, whether they are intended as such or not. Love Rush but he and drudge went overboard too early promoting this.


20 posted on 02/28/2013 5:41:40 PM PST by Deathtomarxists (Pantyhose are groovy baby, try some on today!)
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To: RummyChick

” I don’t mind the threats and abuse officer, he’s a good provider...”
said Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, and Chuck Todd.

Sluts don’t care.


21 posted on 02/28/2013 5:53:37 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: RummyChick

When the obama mafia threatens you, you want to take them seriously. They are just like bubba’s mafia. People disappear or turn up dead.

If the white house can threaten the media and get away with it, would they be okay if I threatened them, too?. I know some really nasty people I could sic on them.


22 posted on 02/28/2013 6:40:44 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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