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L’Affaire Woodward
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/28/2013 11:35:54 AM

So Bob Woodward says he was threatened by …. Gene Sperling. I guess I’m just off the reservation on this whole thing. Now, I think Woodward’s reporting is trustworthy — on this (I don’t always take his version of events as gospel. See Bill Casey’s deathbed confession). But the “threat” thing strikes me as exaggerated. I expressed this view last night on twitter and a lot of friends on the right leapt to defend Woodward’s interpretation. “He’s been around, he knows what a threat looks like” seemed to be the general attitude.

The email cited in Jonah´s piece is excellent. ´Only Woodward could challenge this White House.´ It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 2/28/2013 11:41:29 AM     (No. 9200952)

The canary in the coal mine....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/28/2013 11:44:32 AM     (No. 9200957)

Thank you, Jonah. Woodward´s obvious fabrications in the Casey book will forever taint anything he says, as far as I am concerned. However, remember how appalled and offended the White House press corps was when Ari Fleischer told them they should watch what they say? Certainly, they all pretended they felt threatened and the major media played it for weeks as a White House assault on the freedom of the press. Ok, MSM, if Fleischer´s was a threat, Sperling´s was a threat

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Reply 3 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/28/2013 11:54:12 AM     (No. 9200971)

This is one of those moments when two ´Don´t you know who I am!?´ met head to head. Too bad they can´t both lose.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: olcap, 2/28/2013 11:54:45 AM     (No. 9200973)

I believe Jonah is saying that it was not really a threat, is he not?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/28/2013 12:03:40 PM     (No. 9200989)

Appears a second person went public today as being threatened for criticizing the Obama Administration. No one in the WH is going to put a direct threat into an e-mail unless they are completely ignorant. A person knows when he/she is being threatened. The WH wants to shut down all opposition at any cost.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 2/28/2013 12:09:57 PM     (No. 9201004)

What is Jonah smoking?

We have zero tolerance for attacking THIS writer. If you don't know why, you shouldn't be posting here. LCom Staff.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 2/28/2013 12:13:05 PM     (No. 9201008)

The CrapMedia, of which Woodward is part, created the nightmare that is Obama, so I don`t feel one bit sorry for any of them if they are stabbed in the back by this WH. The MSM have been stabbing all of us in the back for decades. What would any of them expect when they purposely fasten a ball and chain around their own ankles? Screw all of them....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: danvillebill, 2/28/2013 12:47:03 PM     (No. 9201063)

Bobby´s just trying to stir up a little action on his latest trivial tome. Who cares? This is a nothingburger.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: krause, 2/28/2013 12:54:50 PM     (No. 9201075)

Goldberg could be right. Don´t they usually use Stephanie Cutter as the assassin?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Leshno, 2/28/2013 1:08:29 PM     (No. 9201106)

#3.....You nailed it! It is indeed a shame that both can´t lose.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/28/2013 1:32:00 PM     (No. 9201155)

In the absence of strong evidence to the contrary, it would seem most reasonable to take Bob Woodward at his word as to the actual or implied intent of the conversation and communications between him and Sperling. Second guessing him on the basis of an email would only be warranted if Woodward had a documented history of misunderstanding or misrepresenting matters in which he was personally involved. As far as I am aware, he has no such history. He was present and on the scene during the evidently heated exchange with Sperling that led to the latter´s apology. If Woodward says he felt threatened by the whole experience it is more than a little presumptuous to claim that he had no basis whatever for such an impression. I like Jonah Goldberg, but he is on thin ice with this issue.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Yosemite Sam, 2/28/2013 2:28:19 PM     (No. 9201253)

We have zero tolerance for attacking THIS writer. If you don´t know why, you shouldn´t be posting here. LCom Staff.

This is what liberals do. Censorship.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/28/2013 2:41:14 PM     (No. 9201277)

Careful, #12. We are here by our hostess´s grace. We can´t put our feet on her coffee table and get invited back.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Yosemite Sam, 2/28/2013 2:47:06 PM     (No. 9201287)

Bull #12 When they adopt the enemy tactics, they need to be called on it. You can cower.
My understanding is that lucianne.com was founded to shine the light not hide it under a rock.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/28/2013 3:17:02 PM     (No. 9201343)

In the interests of accuracy, #14, censorship can only be committed by a government entity, just as freedom of speech can only be curtailed by a government entity. If the proprietor of a private website doesn´t like what you have to say, he or she is free to ban you from posting. Or chastise you. It´s not illegal, and it´s not an abrogation of your constitutional rights to speak your mind.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jntsrgn, 2/28/2013 3:24:04 PM     (No. 9201353)

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/28/2013 4:08:15 PM     (No. 9201418)

I seem to be out of the loop on this thread. I am not really sure what the beef is or who has it. Is someone, i.e. me, attacking Jonah Goldberg? I am not aware of doing so. But as a matter of principle, is attacking Jonah Goldberg verboten? Is disagreeing with him about something the same as attacking him? Does zero tolerance mean no disagreement with him about anything, ever?

My point was that, all things considered, Bob Woodward would seem to be in the best position to know whether he was or should have felt threatened by Sperling. I don´t really see how someone who wasn´t there, did not engage in the heated discussions etc. would be in a position to appreciate and integrate the total picture. I don´t think a single email would be sufficient to capture the mood and the subtleties. Now, if it is a known, proven fact that Bob Woodward is a liar, if he has been documented to exaggerate, fabricate or misrepresent facts, then obviously there would be grounds to question his account. There may be such proof - I really do not know that much about him, but I am not aware that, unlike Obama et al., he is a documented dissembler.

Who are what is Yosemite Sam? Is this management? What on earth is going on her? I don´t get the picture.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 2/28/2013 4:43:09 PM     (No. 9201446)

#1, rather than a canary who does not survive this is more like a carrion eating vulture scratching at a west wing window.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: The Advocate, 2/28/2013 5:03:01 PM     (No. 9201478)

Tony Dolan won a Pulitzer for exposing organized crime in Conn.
At the same time his friend Dan Boies sp? Was assassinated in Nevada-bomb in his car-for the same thing.
Bois car was on display in the Newseum in Dc for his bravery.
When I asked Tony how he survived, he said if anyone threatened him-he would publish it the next day.
Woodward knows Or should know by now - that he is dealing with a thugocracy - think Clinton´s on steroids.
Is he th canary or is he the beginning of the end for Obama and his islamofascists thugs.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/28/2013 7:51:36 PM     (No. 9201696)

Bob Woodward, whatever we think of him, has been around for a long time. Whether or not he felt "threatened" (and that isn´t our prerogative to judge), he did have the integrity to expose 0bama´s lies this time. I´ll give credit where credit is due. And who knows, perhaps other "reporters" will follow suit, because Woodward surely isn´t alone.

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