Last week establishment journalist Bob Woodward of Watergate fame walked back the initial reports that claimed he had been threatened by the Obama White House’s economic adviser Gene Sperling regarding his reporting that President Obama had moved the goal post on the sequester by seeking additional taxes/revenue. Woodward insisted that he had never used the word “threat.”
“I think that was Politico’s word,” he said, “I said I think that language is unfortunate and I don’t think it’s the way to operate. . [Sperling’s] language speaks for itself. I don’t think that’s the way to operate.”
Woodward took issue with Sperling’s use of the word “regret” during an email exchange from Sperling to Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013 that read in part: “But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying [sic] 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.”
No, that’s not the way an administration should operate in America where the media is supposed to be the watchdog instead of this hybrid fan club cult-of-personality-false-idol-worship journalism we see now. A real journalist should never regret reporting the truth.
That said I have to ask with all due respect where has Woodward been all these years when scores of journalists and citizens have been threatened, marginalized or smeared by their government for daring to speak truth to power?
Read More at Canada Free Press . By Marinka Peschmann.
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