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February 28, 2013

Lanny Davis: The White House Threatened To Deny My Paper Credentials If We Kept Writing About Them
Ron Fournier: I Got the Same "You Will Regret This" Threat

Last night, watching Obama's Valkyries swoop into attack mode to defend their Siegfried, I speculated on Twitter:


Allah gets the tenor of the Juicebox Mafia's defense exactly right:

Younger reporters were tweeting last night that they get angry e-mails from political flacks all the time and that it’s no big deal, which is a nifty way to humblebrag about how they’ve upset Power by speaking Truth while also serving the liberal cause du jour of discrediting Bob Woodward. (Some serve more bravely than others.)

He quotes there a USA Today reporter who seems to me to be doing the humblebrag/we get this all the time thing:

All we can say is: We know more than a few reporters have received similar e-mails from White House officials. Yelling has also been known to happen.

Tension between presidents, presidential aides, and the people who cover them is inherent and has been around as the government itself.

But I thought Ari Fleisher cautioning people to observe the general rules of political correctness ("We have to watch what we say") created a "chilling effect" on the press which the Republic could not abide. Now it turns out it happens every day.

The things you learn.

But now former Clinton aide Lanny Davis reveals an unambiguous and tangible threat.

A day after Woodward's claim that a senior White House official had told him he would "regret" writing a column criticizing President Obama's stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL's Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington Times.

Davis told WMAL that 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."

Bonus: Obama hatchet man David Pflouffe works energetically to spread the word that Woodward is an old horse who should be put down for glue.


Well there is surely in no way a campaign afoot to make sure Woodward "regrets" his reporting that Obama conceived and created the sequester.

I mean, that's just silly.

Ron Fournier: I Got The Same Threat. Yup, that's what they do.






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