“People react to fear, not love; they don’t teach that in Sunday School, but it’s true.”
Richard M. Nixon
As a product of Chicago politics…I think we all know where President Obama leaned how to use fear and intimidation. And last Thursday, he targeted his intimidation machine squarely at veteran reporter Bob Woodward. According to ABC news, the Washington Post journalist said he was threatened by the White House regarding a story he wrote regarding the sequester.
Woodward claims that a very senior White House official in President Obama administration threatened him prior to the publication of an editorial he wrote for the Washington Post. The article claimed the idea for the sequester came from the president himself but the White House has been blaming a dysfunctional Congress for the automatic budget cuts.
Republicans, however, point to reporting by Bob Woodward who said that former White House budget director Jack Lew and legislative liaison Rob Nabors hatched the idea of a “trigger” of automatic cuts during the negotiations on the debt ceiling during the summer of 2011. However, the President and Lew promoted a different story about sequestration when on the campaign trail. Woodward quoted President Obama on Oct. 22, 2012, when he said: “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.”
It’s not surprising the White House would be upset with the Woodward’s article. In addition for calling out the President for lying about creating the sequestration, the article claims President Obama has basically “moved the goal posts” by insisting that Republicans agree to new tax hikes as part of any replacement for the sequester. Woodward stated this was not the deal Obama made.
The White House machine wasted no time attacking Woodward’s article. Former White House advisors – David Plouffe – came out Wednesday night and strongly criticized the editorial suggesting Woodward was past his prime. Woodward also claims he was yelled at and bullied for 30 minutes by a senior White House official. Later he received an e-mail from the same official who apologized for his behavior and then warned Woodward that he would “regret” his position. The official was late identified as Gene Sperling, head of the Presidents Economic Council, when the actual e-mail was leaked.
Shortly after the news of the Sperling-Woodward tiff was released…..Woodward discovered he wasn’t the only reporter threatened by the White House intimidation machine. Washington Times columnist and Democratic insider Lanny Davis said his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.” Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”
You might also remember when the White House had to issue a formal apology to veteran journalist Charles Krauthammer after White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer called one of his articles patently false and ridiculous. In the article….Krauthammer reported that President Obama returned a gift of a bust of Winston Churchill which was on display in the Oval Office to the British government. Choosing to shoot off his mouth before checking the facts….Pfeiffer later learned that there were two busts of Churchill in the White House and that one had indeed been returned to the British.
The previous examples of intimidation and threats hearten back to the Nixon era when numerous journalist were found on Nixon’s “enemy list”. The youngest member of that list, Democratic Strategist Pat Caddell, said this in a Fox News article:
“While Barack Obama may not share the Nixon pedigree, he and his White House are the closest thing to the Nixon regime of any that we have seen since then — both in the extent of their paranoia and their willingness to suppress the truth and push the boundaries of law.”
Sadly the press focused on the wrong issue in this Woodward-Sperling tit-for-tat. The real story wasn’t how Woodward was treated but that President Obama was caught….once again… lying to the American people. In one way…President Obama intimidation machine is far worse than Nixon’s. Obama has a powerful ally which has helped him cover up such blunders as “Fast & Furious” and the attack on our Embassy in Benghazi. That ally is the majority of the mainstream media….who have abandoned journalistic integrity to protect their anointed President.
I admit it….I never thought I would say this….but we need more journalist like Bob Woodward!
This is John Galt Speaking!