I don’t know which is more amazing: the mainstream media’s worship of Obama, or Obama’s thin-skinned, petty, vindictive nature revealed against the very few journalists who refuse to treat him the way TASS treated Stalin.
As most of you know, Richard Nixon was a very bad guy. He was a creepy monster who had an enemies’ list. The word “Nixonian” describes a political thug.
The question I have is whether Nixon ever used his White House to threaten Bob Woodward while he and fellow reporter Bernstein were building the case that would topple him.
It’s an interesting question, given that a president of the United States is threatening one of the most famous journalists in the world:
February 27th, 2013
Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House
Posted by CNN Political Unit
(CNN) - Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House’s handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday.
“They’re not happy at all,” he said on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official – who he would not name – communicated a message which caused him great concern.
“It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this,” he said.
Woodward penned a 2012 book reporting that the idea for the spending cuts, known as the sequester, originated with the White House. It’s a claim President Barack Obama originally denied, but the White House has since acknowledged.
But it was language that he used in an op-ed published over the weekend in The Washington Post that drew what he said was the Obama administration response.
“[W] hen the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts,” Woodward wrote. “His call for a balanced approach is reasonable, and he makes a strong case that those in the top income brackets could and should pay more. But that was not the deal he made.” Headlined “Obama’s sequester deal-changer,” it was widely cited by Republicans seeking to avert the across-the-board cuts without a tax increase.
“The fundamental question here the president has to decide – does he wanna be president of a political party or does he want to be president of the United States?” House Speaker John Boehner asked at a Tuesday news conference. “It is time for leadership.”
Obama, however, has argued for an approach that “balances” spending cuts and tax increases.
“I’ve laid out a plan that details how we can pay down our deficit in a way that’s balanced and responsible,” he said at an event in Virginia the same day. “We have the plan right on a website, the White House website. Everybody can go see it. It details exactly how we can cut programs that don’t work, how we can raise money by closing loopholes that are only serving a few, as opposed to the average American.”
While the days now turn to hours before the cuts kick in on Friday, Republicans and Democrats have not engaged in the sort of negotiations they have held before deadlines in previous fiscal crises. Woodward said on CNN that the White House objection to his reporting has no basis in facts.
“It’s irrefutable. That’s exactly what happened,” he said. “I’m not saying this is a moving of the goal posts that was a criminal act or something like that. I’m just saying that’s what happened.”
CNN extended multiple invitations to the White House to appear on the “The Situation Room,” including after Woodward began his interview, but the invitations were not accepted.
But a White House official who would not speak if named said late Wednesday, “Of course no threat was intended.”
The official said the email Woodward referenced “was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation. The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation he made regarding the sequester because that observation was inaccurate, nothing more. And Mr. Woodward responded to this aide’s email in a friendly manner.”
The e-mail had Woodward “very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you’re going to regret doing something.”
“Let’s hope it’s not the strategy,” he said.
I wonder what would have happened if George Bush had ever threatened a journalist like that. Betcha the media would go ballistic and demand his impeachment for his assault on the 1st Amendment freedom of the press.
I actually had the gumption to write a long, LONG – because Obama had done so many things that were blatantly fascist – article on Obama as a fascist. And it’s amazing to how much fascism this tyrant demagogue has been up to since. Obama is a petty tyrant who uses law enforcement as a way to reward his friends and punish his enemies. His blackshirted and jackbooted thugs raid at will. He is a fascist who routinely places himself above the law and above the Congress. In fact he just bypasses Congress altogether when he is not abrogating their authority completely. Obama recently dictated that the Congress was in recess when Congress’ own rules said they were NOT in recess. And in so doing has already dictated that all other branches of government are irrelevant under his Fuehrership. The judiciary shouldn’t feel neglected; Obama has abrogated their authority and undermined them, too. His healthcare takeover very much DOES include death panels among other appalling lies, thank you very much. Obama routinely uses executive orders to grant himself and his regime unprecedented powers. And he and his fascist crony capitalist buddies have put America into so much debt that benefits so few Obama-connected rich that it is beyond unreal.
I don’t even have to venture into the “Obama is a far worse fascist than Bush EVER was” statement regarding foreign policy. I’ll just let Obama’s kill list which allow him to murder American citizens without trial and without any due process speak for itself. Liberals would have been catatonic with outrage if Bush had done this, but then again to be a liberal is to be a hypocrite as much as it is to be a fascist.
If you look into Obama’s civil liberties record and compare it to Bush’s, Obama is so much more a fascist than Bush ever was it is positively unreal. But liberals LOVE their dictators to be fascists, no matter how much they hate the other side and no matter how much they slander and demonize them. And they love it even more when their soon-to-be-fascist-dictators use demagogic rhetoric to demonize their predecessors.
But anyway, threatening the press – which means threatening the four or five reporters who are actually trying to report the truth to the American people – check.
The beast is coming. And Obama paved the way for his arrival as no other human being ever has.