Lanny Davis: Yeah, the White House threatened me too
Bob Woodward is now being attacked, by the very people he inspired to go into journalism, for the crime of telling the truth that the sequester was Obama’s idea and then telling us how the White House reacted to that.
But is Woodward just the beginning?
Lanny Davis, who served under President Bill Clinton as special counsel to the White House, told Washington, D.C.’s WMAL this morning that the Obama White House had threatened the Washington Times over his column, warning that the Times would suffer limited access to White House officials and might have its White House credentials revoked. Davis, a centrist Democrat, is sometimes critical of the Obama administration’s policies.
Davis was speaking with Breitbart News editor Larry O’Connor, who co-hosts a morning show on WMAL. Davis said he had never spoken publicly about the threats before, but they seemed relevant after the White House told legendary reporter Bob Woodward that he would “regret” insisting that the White House had come up with the idea of the budget sequester, which President Barack Obama is now urging Congress urgently to revoke.
Here’s the audio:
So now we have Bob Woodward and Lanny Davis saying the White House has threatened them for saying things the White House doesn’t want them to say. For speaking truth to power. One more example and I think we can start calling this a trend.
That is, assuming anybody else feels like putting up with the backlash from the Obamabots. The Democrats have a big tent, as long as you don’t cross them inside that tent.
Now they’re frantically trying to convince us this isn’t a story. Now they’re going after Woodward, calling him a diva and a tired old man and whatever else they can think of, even after he tried to distance Obama himself from it. And Davis admits that he didn’t say anything about it until now. But their instinct to protect Obama won’t do them any good. They are now the enemy.
Correction: Woodward didn’t actually inspire people to become journalists. He inspired them to attack Republicans and protect Democrats. They learned the wrong lesson from Watergate. And now they’re turning on their idol for his blasphemy. All the President’s Men 2: JournoList Boogaloo.
Ain’t it great?
Update: USA Today reporter: I know more than a few reporters who’ve gotten White House e-mails like the one Woodward got. Okay, it’s a trend.
Update: As liberals and the media (PTR) circle the wagons, remember: Every action of the Obama White House must be viewed in isolation, as if you don’t know about any of their actions before or since. “Don’t look at the forest. Focus on… that tree!” That’s real journalism.
Update: And another reporter reveals threats from the White House. Hurry, lefties. Get to work discrediting all these guys.
Update: Now we’re arguing over what a threat is and isn’t, because everybody coming forward with these stories about the White House must be making them up. This pretty much sums up my opinion on that one:
@firstteamtommy But it wasn’t. It wasn’t! SHUT UP!!! #journalism
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) February 28, 2013
Update: Noah Rothman puts it even better: “The only opinion that matters as to whether Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward was threatened by the White House or not is Bob Woodward’s.”
Update: Mike Riggs: The Most Openly and Transparently Thin-Skinned Administration in History.
Update: Wrap some duct tape around your heads to keep them from exploding, libs. Woodward tells Sean Hannity, “This is exactly the way this White House works. They’re trying to control, and they don’t want to be challenged or crossed.”