Legendary reporter Bob Woodward, who was one of the two key journalists involved in uncovering the Watergate scandal, was allegedly threatened recently by a White House aide for voicing his opinions about looming budget cuts.
Woodward, who currently still writes for the Washington Post, wrote in his book “The Price of Politics” that the across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, was a White House idea used to negotiate raising the debt ceiling back in 2011. Republicans specifically have used Woodward’s argument to blame Obama for the budget cuts, which of course the White House did not take kindly to.
“They’re not happy at all, and some people kind of, you know, said, 'Look, we don’t see eye-to-eye on this,'” Woodward explained on CNN. “It was said very clearly, 'You will regret doing this.'”
In a different interview with Politico on Wednesday, Woodward said that a White House aide yelled at him for a half hour about his reporting on the sequester, and later sent an email apologizing for yelling but stating that he’d “regret” his reporting.
“It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in,” Woodward told CNN. “And even though we don’t look at it that way, you do look at it that way. And I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication’s strategy – let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but it’s a tactic that somebody’s employed, and said, look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don’t like, that, you know, you’re going to regret this.”
The White House has attempted to assuage the conflict, and told The Hill that the comment was not meant to be threatening, but rather a way to point out that the observations Woodward has made regarding the sequester are inaccurate.
Source: The Raw Story