It is reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s “enemies list.” Apparently, if you do not parrot the Democratic Progressive Socialist Party line, then you are told you will “regret” your reporting or that your news organization might lose its access to the White House.
This is something you might expect from Pravda in the old Soviet Union, but this is America where freedom of speech and freedom of the press are part of our heritage. We know that the left-wing mainstream media is heavily biased in favor of the Obama administration, and that fact makes these types of actions surprising as well as disgraceful.
In this case, both reporters are liberal and have been supportive of Obama. If the White House is willing to do this to their “buddies,” then it is not surprising they and their surrogates have declared war on Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, or other conservatives.
Here are stories about Bob Woodward's intimidation by the White House, Lanny Davis' account of the threats made to his publisher, and Democratic strategist Pat Caddell's analysis of the "paranoia" in the White House:
BOB WOODWARD RESPONDS TO CONTROVERSY OVER EMAIL FROM WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL: ‘NOT THE WAY TO OPERATE IN A WHITE HOUSE’
February 28, 2013
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward appeared on Fox News Thursday to address his claim that the Obama White House sent him an intimidating email telling him he would “regret” his reporting on the sequester. He told host Sean Hannity that he didn’t actually feel “threatened” but added that it is still “inappropriate” for the White House to interact with members of the press in such an intimidating manner.
The White House official who sent Woodward the email in question has since been identified as Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council. Woodward explained that Sperling yelled at him for about half an hour and was “really worked up” about his reporting. Sperling later sent the email and apologized for raising his voice but also included the “regret” remark.
Read more at: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/28/bob-woodward-responds-to-controversy-over-email-from-white-house-official-not-the-way-to-operate-in-a-white-house/
LANNY DAVIS: OBAMA WHITE HOUSE THREATENED WASHINGTON TIMES OVER MY COLUMN
February 28, 2013
Lanny Davis, who served under President Bill Clinton as special counsel to the White House, told Washington, D.C.'s WMAL this morning that the Obama White House had threatened the Washington Times over his column, warning that the Times would suffer limited access to White House officials and might have its White House credentials revoked. Davis, a centrist Democrat, is sometimes critical of the Obama administration's policies.
Read more at: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/02/28/Lanny-Davis-White-House-Threatened-Washington-Times-Over-My-Column
FOX’S PAT CADDELL LIKENS OBAMA TO NIXON IN TERMS OF “BEING SURROUNDED BY CRONIES” AND “MAKING UP THINGS”
Media Matters report of Fox News interview on January 15, 2013
See the video interview here: http://mediamatters.org/video/2013/01/15/foxs-pat-caddell-likens-obama-to-nixon-in-terms/192251
Charles M. Grist