White House Words with Woodward More Proof of Obama Tyranny, Say Rightbloggers

tomt200.jpgLast week we learned that a White House official got into an argument with Bob Woodward. Woodward is the biggest name in Washington journalism; he has survived seven Administrations (counting the one he helped take down with his Watergate reporting), and will probably continue to publish bestsellers into the Tripp Palin Administration.

Nonetheless rightbloggers rushed to defend Woodward -- many for the first time in their lives -- and to assert that this argument meant Obama was at war with the press (with whom he is usually in bed) and a tyrant.

Woodward had asserted in his latest book The Price of Politics and in the Washington Post that the sequester was mostly Obama's fault, an arguable conclusion which the White House understandably disputed -- via a White House figure eventually revealed to be NEC Director Gene Sperling, strongly and to Woodward's face.

This led to an exchange of emails of which Woodward publicly complained. Quoting from Sperling's email, "I think you will regret staking out that claim," Woodward professed concern that some "young reporter" would someday get such an email from the Obama people and "tremble, tremble."

This was reported by rightbloggers as "Woodward says he was threatened by the White House," "White House THREATENED Bob Woodward," "White House Threatens Bob Woodward," etc.

"Nixon's enemies list, anyone?" said For What It's Worth. "Hey, Bob, you can't say we didn't warn you," said J. Christian Adams of PJ Media under the headline "All The President's Thugs." "We knew this White House was capable of attacking even the great Bob Woodward for telling the truth." "They are thugs," gasped Patterico. "In the typical Alinsky fashion" -- Alinsky! Drink! -- "the full weight of the Obama-Chicago Machine is now specifically directed at author Bob Woodward," said Conservative Treehouse, and ran pictures of Michelle Obama looking mad.

"When they say 'You'll regret this,' they are not speaking abstractly," intoned Ace of Spades. "They have a plan they put into place when someone reports something they don't like." In case you wondered what he meant, he added, "The penny-ante leukocytes, the no-account Warrior Cells of the liberal governmental-media Hive-Body have surrounded the impurity in the system and are in the process of destroying it," perhaps in their underwater lair.

Yid With Lid claimed that "in a way Bob Woodward was one of the first 'Bloggers'" -- oh, wouldn't we like to see Woodward's reaction to that honorific -- "...that's why we would like him to join us at the #1 gathering of Center-right Bloggers EVER. Mr. Woodward--Won't You Join Us?" No word yet on whether Woodward got back to him.

Washington Post rightblogger Jennifer Rubin went ballistic. "First, [Obama] has a nasty habit of making stuff up," she said. "Now that he is sending out his Cabinet officials to scare the public he finally is being called on it... the president risks not only losing the sequester battle but also going from halo-crowned messiah to nasty bully in the eyes of at least some in the media and, more important, in the view of the country." After all, added Rubin, Obama "got only 51 percent of the vote," and could easily be toppled by the highly popular Republicans.

As leftbloggers were openly mocking Woodward, the story became the complicity of the hated media in bringing down Liberty's best friend.

Scott Whitlock of the Media Research Center complained that "The Today show on Thursday allowed a scant 16 seconds, out of a possible four hours, to the claim by veteran journalist Bob Woodward that the Obama White House is trying to intimidate him and attack his coverage of the sequester cuts," forgetting that Today could have stretched this important story over several days, so it's really forty hours unfairly undelegated at least.

"Woodwardgate: Media Gang-Tackle Iconic Journalist to Save Obama," hollered Breitbart.com. This was followed by several sputtering paragraphs that accused "the mainstream media" of being "too busy defending President Obama to defend the American people - or even their fellow members of the press - from Obama's thug White House." (Elsewhere at Breitbart.com: "Cult of Obama: List of Journalists Throwing Woodward Under Bus.")

While admitting that "Sperling's 'threat' (if you can call it that) ranks a bit low on the things-to-be-worried-about totem pole," Matt Welch of Reason thought the real headline story was "Planet Liberalism Turned on Bob Woodward."

You're goin' for a ride, Woodward -- to Sally Quinn's house! Say hi to Ben for us!

When David Plouffe tweeted that "Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again," Bryan Preston of the PJ Tatler said "Plouffe's ageist attack on Woodward... shocked some Beltway veterans," citing as evidence a tweet in which Chris Cillizza reacted, "WOW."

An enraged Aaron Goldstein at The American Spectator wrote, "From what I've seen, Schmitty is a fairly active 63-year old. He's been at Phillies spring training camp in Clearwater, Florida helping Ryan Howard. Long story short, I think Michael Jack Schmidt can still hit a few over the fence. I'd like to see Plouffe try to throw a few batting practice pitches to Schmidt. And after Schmidt goes deep then Woodward can step into the batter's box and take a few swings at Plouffe." Then he could bean him! Wouldn't that be cool?

Some rightbloggers concatenated the Woodward incident with other signs that Obama is Hitler. For instance, Obama had been asked "Couldn't you just have them down here and refuse to let GOP leaders leave the room?" regarding the sequestration, and answered, "I am not a dictator." This plus Woodward they took as proof that Obama is a dictator.

"There is no shortage of irony in the president proclaiming 'I am not a dictator' at the end of the week when the White House cry was seemingly: 'Will no one rid me of this turbulent reporter?'" cried Da Tech Guy. "IT'S NOT 'MADNESS' BOB WOODWARD, IT'S WHAT DICTATORS DO," wrote M. Catharine Evans.

At Renew America, Sher Zieve listed the Woodward incident among Obama's many Nazi offenses ("Obama is currently following Hitler's plan toward gun confiscation to the proverbial 't.' Hitler began with nationwide gun registration in Germany...") and concluded, "many seem to think we are - still - only approaching a dictatorship. No. We are there, folks."

On February 28, Politico ran the email correspondence between Woodward and Gene Sperling, which seemed much more collegial than what Woodward had portrayed. "But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim," said Sperling; "You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them... I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob," replied Woodward.

Some rightbloggers begged off the crusade. "Clearly not a veiled threat of retaliation, but rather a warning that the reporter was about to get the story wrong," wrote Matt K. Lewis at the Daily Caller. "Looks like we were played." Ditto RedState's Erick Erickson, the Washington Examiner's Byron York, and others. Even Woodward said, well, he never actually used the word "threat."

In light of that, some rightbloggers updated their original belligerent posts in amusing ways.

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