The fight between the White House and journalistic legend Bob Woodward is a silly distraction to a major problem: The failure of President Obama and House Republicans to lead the country under a budget deadline. Woodward-gate is a distraction the White House welcomed, even encouraged, as part of a public-relations strategy to emasculate the GOP and anybody else who challenges Obama. It is a distraction that briefly enveloped my reporting last weekend, when I essentially broke ties with a senior White House official.
No! This is important. It is a critical crossroads. Reading of other important and well respected (until now) by the left media icons declare they have also been threatened by the Øbama WH staff, they seem incredulous that Õbama would allow this. They are all saying, "If only the President knew. . . "- it´s an outrage, first and a stunning surprise to them personally- all of them, especially the older ones, like Woodward. They are like kids who have been told there is no Santa. And, the idiots running the Øbama WH have not caught on that something huge is about to happen to their man if they don´t back off- and more of the lefty media types in Washington are starting to get sweaty palms over it. The threats have the breath stink of Valerie Jarret all over them- her Chicago style slip is showing. And, I have to wonder if her thuggish habits are stronger than her Kitty Litter intellect. If so, we may be watching a radical tidal shift in the "chocolate and sweet´ relationship the Øbamunists have with the main stream American media.
It won´t matter. In the end, both Bob Woodward and Ron Fournier will fold like dirty shirts, and accept the current status, which is a crumbling and disintegration of all standards of reporting.
Both Woodward and Fournier suffer from an obsessive white guilt, and in the end, will not pursue even legitimate discussion about the shortcomings of this out-of-control regime (acting President Valerie Jarrett) now squatting in the White Hut.
Bronco Bama is not now in control of the events as they proceed from the White Hut, and probably never has been.
FTA: This can’t be what Obama wants. He must not know how thin-skinned and close-minded his staff can be to criticism. “I have the greatest respect and admiration for what you do,” Obama told reporters a year ago. “I know sometimes you like to give me a hard time, and I certainly like to return the favor, but I never forget that our country depends on you.”
This is exactly what he wants and expects of the people who surround him. That way he can still "say" the things he says while "doing" whatever the heck he and his puppet masters please. Wake up media, You are part of the little people so if you don´t tote their water AND like it, you will be eliminated.
I don´t believe a bit of this faux righteous indignation from any of these libs including Woodward and Fournier. You can bet this is coordinated with the White House.
The press will get to claim they are back to hard nosed reporting and speaking truth to power. A couple of minor staffers will be admonished but none of it will get to Obama because he will say something like "such behavior toward the press will not be tolerated in my administration". With their supposed "credibility" restored the press will get behind Obama more than ever (that´s why Fournier claimed Obamas integrity was not in question - he is leaving the door open to get back behind Obama.)
The makeup sex among this group will be disgusting.
This is something that will come back to bite Obama and his White House. No matter who you are you can only push just so far and then they start to push back. Woodward is doing it and that is a signal to young journalists to also jump on Woodwards bandwagon, so they may be left out of some WH briefings but they also know that Obama will eventually leave and they will still be there. Also after so many are left out then the quality of what is coming out of the WH will be suspect if it is only being reported by bended knee, kiss Obama´s butt types.
These reporters sound like they are in an abusive marriage..and keep going back for more because they "love" the abuser. They are traitors to America, because they wouldn´t report the truth, although it was the right thing to do.
#9 I don´t think there will be any admonishment coming. If this "very senior" member of the administration is Jarrett (as some suspect) she is actually his superior in the White House. The article naively states, "This can’t be what Obama wants. He must not know how thin-skinned and close-minded his staff can be to criticism." In fact, they are a reflection of their boss, who is so thin skinned that shaving is a daily peril. The future of our nation may rest in the propensity of the press to get their feelings hurt.
Contrary to the conventional so-called wisdom which has been “out there” for more than four years, Barack Hussein Obama is America’s first gray, not black, president. 50% black + 50% white = 100% gray. So, can we finally clear that up and get it out of the way?
Next, Barack Hussein Obama and his acolytes, minions and supporters of the donkey party, whether outwardly or inwardly, are never to be trusted at face value. Ever! For more than four years, by virtue of the way they operate, they’ve earned that distrust.
I agree with #3 and #12. Sixty-nine-year-old Bob Woodward has very little to lose. He is financially secure and his reputation is unassailable (to Obama´s ultimate regret). Woodward was on Sean Hannity´s show last night and spoke of feeling ´uncomfortable´ with Sperling´s remark about how much he would ´regret´ speaking against Dear Leader. Woodward also referred to 30 minutes of shouting between Sperling and himself. As per this article, Ron Fournier is rolling onto his back and showing Obama his throat even as we speak. Bob Woodward is not.
Poster #2 -- I´ll listen to your gloom and doom scenario for a short time -- but -- at the end of the day -- Americans don´t have "dictators" in their DNA...
It ain´t gonna happen -- so just relax and enjoy the bamster´s discomfort with his sequestration (sp?) thingy. I heard on Levin last night that that word in Spanish means hostage. Could that be -- my Hispanic friends?
Am I the only person who thinks this cracking in the MSM´s armor protecting Obama is the result of the Clinton´s working against Obama behind the scenes? They are good political analysts and seeing an administration going downhill after Hillary leaves it, helps her. Moreover, the Clinton´s HATE Obama more than McCain or Romney do.
Mean, ruthless, vengeful, dictatorial, nasty, hateful, vindictive! Guess who. No, not some mafia don - our president.
The people who are turning on Woodward are indicative of those we´ve been talking about - people who adore and worship Obama, with tingles up both legs at the mere mention of him. They´re not just crazy, or mean - they´re crazy-mean!
They portray anyone who opposes Obama as a racist redneck who hates old people, sick people, little children, minorities and poor people. Obama and his henchmen want everyone in this country to lie down, shut up, and obey. And so many are. Never thought this could happen to our country.
This story is nothing more than a result; a result of voters, their lives utterly and completely centered on themselves while they excrutiate over who´s car will get repossessed on Lizard Lick Towing and how many pimples Justin Bieber needs to pop. Do you know why this will matter not one whit? Here´s why; (there is no reason to doubt Obama’s integrity -- period) You see, the Fourth Estate can´t figure out where the ball ends up in Obama´s CLEAR cups and balls trick, either.
When we look to the government for our very sustenance, the possibility of a dictator type to emerge in this country becomes a real possibility. The progs have been working toward this goal for decades. They know that few people are willing to take a stand against a government that feeds and houses them. Since the media is all in with the Obama agenda, they will punish anyone who exposes the bullying of reporters by the Obama White House, even Mr. Woodward. In their arrogance they believe he is old and will be easy to cull from the herd. It is going to be interesting to see if the the old guy still has what it takes to confront a dishonest Democrat President.
My tweet was not intended to compare Nixon to Obama (there is no reason to doubt Obama’s integrity -- period) but rather to compare the attack to the press strategies of all the presidents’ men.
I´m with several previous posters. This statement compromises the author. This is all about Woodward´s challenging Obama´s factually proven lie that he had nothing to do with the sequester. The controversy around Woodward has once again deflected the issue from the real topic - Obama´s bald-faced lie.
Ron Fournier is typical of the adulating Washington press, worried about covering their own ass first. The worm is turning. Woodward, in his own cautious way, has turned the tables on Obie by getting him to threaten Woodward. This is an invitation to other cautious, shall we say cowardly, reporters who obediently go into the White House for their daily propaganda drivel. They call it a relationship. But wait a damn minute, anybody can have an anonymous tipster and anybody can feed any interesting tip to their favorite blog...or start their own. Nobody has to ever walk in that corrupted building to get sanitized censored "news". Being a White Houe reporter is a sham,a charade nowadays. Breitbart is the photo journalists answer, and pioneer Matt Drudge operates his giant site, DRUDGE, without sending any obedient, subservient little reporter droids into any government building under any official guise. Drudge and Breitbart have people EVERYwhere feeding more information now than ever before in our press history. The Good News is, we are now getting tons more Bad News ! because the old style commie controlling editors and old media editorial NYT policies are almost totally defunct, are dying a slow death. The worm is turning. Who´s next? Maybe a couple of real whistleblowers ? Yeah, maybe a few gutsy, honest, fed up, good people are just waiting for a moment like this to happen.
...(there is no reason to doubt Obama’s integrity -- period) but rather to compare the attack to the press strategies of all the presidents’ men..
Fournier actually buys that Obama is a man of integrity?
The official angered by my Woodward tweet sent me an indignant e-mail. “What’s next, a Nazi analogy?” the official wrote, chastising me for spreading “bull**** like that” I was not offended by the note, mild in comparison to past exchanges ...
If a White House "official" is perpetually angry about what is being printed and bullies reporters about stories, you can bet it´s coming from higher up.
I received several e-mails and telephone calls from this White House official filled with vulgarity, abusive language, and virtually the same phrase that Politico characterized as a veiled threat. “You will regret staking out that claim,” The Washington Post reporter was told.
So Woodward isn´t imagining he was threatened. Others have been threatened and have come forth to say so. Imagine how many others are afraid to.
...but I [Obama] never forget that our country depends on you [reporters].”
TRANSLATION: I never forget that my agenda depends on your total compliance and complicity. If you guys bail on me, I´ll never take America down as is my plan.
If he is indeed one of the best reporters ever, it will be interesting to see his reaction. This is not his first dust-up and the louder and meaner it gets, the more likely it is to harden his resolve. We´ll see.
Until I see a drastic improvement in the msm´s performance, nothing to see here. I do hope the Woodward fiasco brings some benefits to getting the msm´s failures out in the open and the leadership in the msm that made it happen and resulted in the wrong outcome last November. And still waiting for some of the sheep and mis-aligned pubbie voters to wake up. Reasonable attempt by Fournier to shed light on the issue.
Dear Coach Obama, Please do not think me rude, insubordinate or disloyal. I always have and always will love you, Coach, but some of your assistants are betraying you and getting on my nerves. Nevertheless, you can count on me to remain a protective member of your team. Your faithful servant, now and forever, Ron Fournier
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