As the controversy continues to build over claims by legendary reporter Bob Woodward that he was threatened by a senior White House official, Lanny Davis, a longtime close adviser to President Bill Clinton said he has received similar threats for columns he had written.
With many in the media taking on the role of “palace guards” in trying to discredit Woodward, as ironic as that is, Davis told WMAL that his editor at the Washington Times, 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.”
Woodward received an email from a White House official, who has now been identified as Gene Sperling, the director of the White House Economic Council, in response to a heated telephone conversation: “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here… I think you will regret staking out that claim.”
Davis said of Woodward’s claim, as reported by WMAL: “Firstly, you don’t threaten anyone. Secondly, you don’t threaten Bob Woodward. He’s one of the best reporters ever. He’s factual. You can disagree with facts that he reports, but he’s factual. Don’t mess with him about his facts. You can mess with him about the interpretation of his facts, but this is not a reporter you tangle with.”