Obama at war with newsman Bob Woodward


Bob Woodward: White House engaged in “distortion and confusion.”
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Veteran investigative reporter Bob Woodward said the president has been distorting the facts in recent statements about the sequester cuts.

Woodward first gained prominence when he and Carl Bernstein, both working for The Washington Post, broke the Watergate scandal that eventually led to Richard Nixon’s resignation as president.

The brouhaha started when the White House responded to a Washington Post op-ed in which Woodward wrote that Obama is “moving the goal posts” by adding tax revenue as a condition of averting the sequester cuts. Woodward called sequester the “brainchild” of the White House.

“My extensive reporting for my book ‘The Price of Politics’ shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of [Jack Lew, then-budget director during the negotiations] and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government,” Woodward wrote, according to Politico.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney fired back that Woodward was “willfully wrong.”

Not about to let the Obama administration have the last word, Woodward shot an email to Politico Playback.

“The White House pushback is a classic case of distortion and confusion,” Woodward wrote. “We unfortunately have seen this too often in recent presidential history. … I do not think it is willful. They are just mixed up, surprisingly so.”

I agree. We’ve seen a lot of this lately. As to whether it’s willful or not, I’ll let history be the final arbiter.

Read more at Politico.


6 thoughts on “Obama at war with newsman Bob Woodward

  1. KB Cook says:

    It's refreshing that there's one old warhorse out there that has the stuff to actually produce a bit of investigative journalism. Maybe he the last man standing in the 4th estate?

  2. P Monahan says:

    We need more honest investigative reporters like him more than ever again!!

  3. Rich St.John says:

    "I don't think it is willful." I sure as hell do. The best thing to come of the sequester is that the main stream media will finally be covering an event or issue that has the potential to make Obama look bad. If it was a Republican pulling the stuff Obama has the press would be calling for impeachment and public execution.

  4. Jim says:

    How long does this have to go on before the mass of media "wise up" to the distortions of this administration. We certainly need responsible reporting to flesh out the facts.

  5. Mike Smollon says:

    Well, if Bob Woodward is as great as you say (and I'm not disagreeing), read what he had to say about your beloved George W. Bush, whose recklessness put us in this economic mess. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,417064,00.htm

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