Say what you want about Bob Woodward, he IS still an independent voice. Which apparently is incurring the wrath of the Obama Administration.
Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.
“It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, ‘You’re going to regret doing something that you believe in,’” Woodward said.
Business Insider tells the story, and includes the appearance on NBC’s “Morning Joe”. The above revelation should be most disturbing to those who understand the importance of an independent press. But, from the rest of the beholden media, not a chirp. We will hear endlessly in government and civics classes about Nixon’s “enemies list”, but the obvious fact that Obama’s staff makes overt threats against those who dare criticize will be somehow excluded.
Sequestration was Obama’s idea. A deal was negotiated in good faith to cut spending, but Obama changed the rules. Obama wants to use this “fiscal cliff” nonsense as a vehicle for even more confiscatory taxes on “the wealthy” as a way to wage class warfare and redistribute the wealth. He was given the authority to make targeted cuts other than those specified in the sequestration deal. He wanted no part of that, as responsibility would point directly back at the President, something he assiduously avoids.
Obama insists on blaming Republicans, who have already caved once on higher taxes (which will generate infinitessimal amounts of revenue compared to the debt). When Bob Woodward points out the blatant dishonesty of such an assertion, he is threatened by the White House. One has to wonder whether Woodward will mysteriously be named in some scandal, or become the subject of an IRS audit, or have some other misfortune befall him. Some on the Left are already treating him like a pariah for having blasphemed.
Ponder that this is the government that wants to take your guns, your money, and your privacy. What could go wrong?
Former Obama adviser David Plouffe tweeted Wednesday: “Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.”