Bob Woodward: White House said I would ‘regret’ it if I pursued the story
Longtime Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is taking on the White House, saying in multiple interviews that the administration essentially threatened him to try to get him not to write a story.
Politico has an interview with Woodward and his correspondence with top Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling, in which Sperling apologizes for raising his voice at Woodward in a phone call but then proceeds to say Woodward would "regret" it if he pursued his story — about whether Obama had moved the goalposts on the sequester.
"But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post," Sperling said in the e-mail obtained by Politico. "I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim."
Woodward, who didn't name Sperling in his interviews, which occurred before the actual e-mails came out, said that last sentence amounted to a thinly veiled threat.
"'You'll regret.' Come on," he said. "I think if Obama himself saw the way they're dealing with some of this, he would say, 'Whoa, we don't tell any reporter 'you're going to regret challenging us.'"
It's slightly ammusing because the WH and Obama have gotten away with absolutely anything and everything in the MSM. Now that I look at info like this.. maybe that's because if they don't... there's a price to be paid? Is this how the 2012 election coverage was handled too?