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Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:02 AM

Bob Woodward To Hannity: I Never Called WH Email A 'Threat,'

Source: Huffington Post

Bob Woodward set about trying to defend himself on Thursday night from the widespread derision that has greeted his account of his hostile exchange with White House economic adviser Gene Sperling.

Woodward spoke to his own newspaper, the Washington Post, and appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News show to discuss the now infamous emails between himself and Sperling. On Wednesday, Woodward set the media world chattering when he told Wolf Blitzer that Sperling's email —which said, in part, that, "as a friend," he thought Woodward would "regret" a hotly contested claim he was making about the Obama administration's handling of the budget sequester — had made him "very uncomfortable." He did not dispute Blitzer's comment that he had been "threatened" by Sperling. Nor did he quarrel with the Politico editors who interviewed him and wrote, "Woodward [made] clear he saw it as a veiled threat."

When the emails were released in full by Politico on Thursday, though, their cordial tone angered many journalists, who thought Woodward had mischaracterized the nature of the exchange.

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Critics also noted the chumminess between Woodward and Hannity. After the Fox News host cricitzed the press for not looking into President Obama's associations with Bill Ayers, Woodward said, "I agree with that." He also lavished praise on Hannity, saying, "You let me say what I want. You dig into things. You — there is no bleep-out button.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/bob-woodward-hannity-white-house-threat_n_2785739.html



If there is any upside to Bob Woodard's backpedaling on Sean Hannity of all shows is that it exposes how many "mainstream" journalists are nothing more than shills for the right wing.

As noted in this review of Bob Woodard's 2012 Book, the Price of Politics, Woodard's work on President Obama offered no new information and, if anything, told more about Woodard's right wing bias, then the President:

http://www.newrepublic.com/book/review/bob-woodward-price-of-politics

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Reply Bob Woodward To Hannity: I Never Called WH Email A 'Threat,' (Original post)
TomCADem Mar 2013 OP
Hayabusa Mar 2013 #1
LiberalFighter Mar 2013 #2
MADem Mar 2013 #29
Pancho Schneider Mar 2013 #30
FourScore Mar 2013 #3
OregonBlue Mar 2013 #4
yellowcanine Mar 2013 #9
SunSeeker Mar 2013 #11
homegirl Mar 2013 #14
barbtries Mar 2013 #16
yellowcanine Mar 2013 #18
yellowcanine Mar 2013 #5
chimpymustgo Mar 2013 #7
yellowcanine Mar 2013 #8
bemildred Mar 2013 #6
Arugula Latte Mar 2013 #12
LiberalLovinLug Mar 2013 #20
Mnpaul Mar 2013 #10
Pancho Schneider Mar 2013 #13
Hubert Flottz Mar 2013 #15
Arkana Mar 2013 #24
The Second Stone Mar 2013 #17
cutroot Mar 2013 #19
frylock Mar 2013 #21
xxqqqzme Mar 2013 #22
yellowcanine Mar 2013 #26
Arkana Mar 2013 #23
Nine Mar 2013 #25
B Stieg Mar 2013 #27
Chakab Mar 2013 #28
lindysalsagal Mar 2013 #31
Trascoli Mar 2013 #32
question everything Mar 2013 #33
Z_I_Peevey Mar 2013 #34

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:05 AM

1. Yes, you did, Bob!

You were practically whining about it until the facts came out.

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Response to Hayabusa (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:13 AM

2. Woodward is the typical demented right wing

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Response to Hayabusa (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 08:08 PM

29. He never thought the WH would release the email....but you don't try to screw this WH. They don't

play--and that's as it should be!

From the Huffpo:

On Thursday morning, Politico released the text of the email exchange between Woodward and Sperling. The emails look to be a far cry from the kind of thuggery that Woodward implied.

Here's an excerpt from Sperling:

I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. 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 ... My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.

Woodward, who would later profess to be unnerved by Sperling's email, replied very calmly:

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.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/bob-woodward-emails-white-house-threat_n_2781052.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular


He's a bullshitter at a minimum, and very possibly a bit addled.

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Response to Hayabusa (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 08:22 PM

30. I think Politico spinned this whole thing

 

into a threat claim by Woodard. As bad as Woodard is, Politico is worse.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:27 AM

3. Woodward mischaracterized something??? NO!!! I'm shocked! Shocked, I say! n/t

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:33 AM

4. I never liked him. Seems arrogant and sanctimonious to me but now I know

not to believe anything he says. He has really crapped on his own reputation.

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Response to OregonBlue (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:17 PM

9. Note that even though it was "Woodward and Bernstein" all one hears since is "Woodward." That is

a clue right there into the psyche of Bob Woodward, I believe.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:31 PM

11. After all this, I am guessing Bernstein did all the hard work...and Woodward took all the credit.

Woodward has sunk what little was left of his reputation. But looks like he has a gig at Fox now.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:40 PM

14. low life

Woodward has never been a sterling character. He left his wife, Nora Ephron, when she was pregnant. Nora wrote a screenplay amd it was a film, I thnk Meryl Streep played Nora.

Right now, Woodward is rtealizing that no president will ever trust him. The open door to the White House has slammed shut. Praising Hannity on TV is the final nail.

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Response to homegirl (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:50 PM

16. heartburn.

streep is wonderful as usual.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091188/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

eta: and bernstein is played by Jack Nicholson so you know you wanna watch that movie.
one thing: it was bernstein who did that to ephron.

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Response to homegirl (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:54 PM

18. Actually Nora Ephron was married to Carl Bernstein.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Ephron

But Woodward is still a low life, just not for that reason.
He appears to have carried water for GWB on the Iraq WMD issue, among other things.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:39 AM

5. “The problem is there are all kinds of reporters who are much less experience, that are younger,

and if they’re going to get roughed up in this way,” he later added.

Woodward is so full of shit. There is no other way to put it.

So now he is saying the language didn't bother him personally because he is this experienced reporter but he is objecting for the sake of younger, less experienced reporters.

I call BS on Woodward. For whatever reason, he got his feathers ruffled and now he realizes he greatly overreacted and is trying to make the best of it.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:49 AM

7. He's a liar, a hack, and a full-blown neocon.

And he's doubling down on his bullshit - he might have some mental impairment.

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Response to chimpymustgo (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:05 PM

8. I think the main problem is his self image as a journalistic icon gets in the way

of his reporting. He expects people in the WH to show deference to him and when they do not do it sufficiently he gets offended and it comes out when he is in front of a camera.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 11:49 AM

6. What a fool. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:37 PM

12. And a tool.

 

It's always sad and depressing to see formerly admired people fall into the muck.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:13 PM

20. A right wing mule

that got schooled

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:55 PM

10. So he went on the network that was peddling the threat

to claim it never happened. Only on Fox News.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:38 PM

13. The right-wing media made it up

 

as usual.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:49 PM

15. I knew Bob was a republican hack

the first time I ever listened to him for a couple of minutes. A total suck-up.

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Response to Hubert Flottz (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:47 PM

24. What's Bernstein doing these days?

Whatever it is, I'm sure he's on surer footing than Crazy Bobby.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:52 PM

17. Woodward and Fox News embrace each other

 

and no one is shocked.

That he appears on and endorse Sean Hannity on Fox News says that he has less than zero integrity.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:57 PM

19. Is woodward simply being crazy like a fox?

( Pun intended )
It occurs to me that he may have decided to milk those fat cows on the other side of the fence for a while. All you have to do is bash the president a little, and they buy up books like crazy. He has already been on TV more than usual.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:35 PM

21. cute couple

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:42 PM

22. Jon Stewart put it

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 03:27 PM

26. "Because access means never having to say you are sorry." - Jon Stewart

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:46 PM

23. Oh, also, we've always been at war with Eastasia.

Come on, Bob, you took down a President with recorded audio--did you really think that the same thing didn't apply in the fucking age of digital media and Youtube?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 03:19 PM

25. Creep. (nt)

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 04:20 PM

27. A victim of his own success...

Woodward has been struggling to stay relevant for decades. Then again, how do you top uncovering a criminal conspiracy involving the President of the United States?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 06:22 PM

28. Unbelievable. This lying piece of shit is supposed to be one of the most

 

respected journalists in the country? Says everything about the state of the American media.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 08:24 PM

31. You sleep with snakes, you get bitten. n/t.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 08:28 PM

32. Take Bob's keys away

 

He's too old and late dated for this era.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:58 PM

33. Yes, we always suspected that Woodward was leaning R

but going on Hannity he lost all credibility that he may have had.

What, Blitzer was not going to be good enough?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:24 PM

34. Well, Woodward should watch out--

I think he got a little Dick Morris on him. Ewww.

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