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Obama Administration Officials Threatening Journalists And Media Outlets

Posted on the 28 February 2013 by Susanduclos @SusanDuclos

By Susan Duclos
Bob Woodard exposed the Obama administration on Wednesday February 27, 2013, for threatening that he would "regret" his reporting on the sequester and how the idea originated in the White House and was proposed to Congress by the White House.
BuzzFeed identified the White House administration official that made that threat as  Gene Sperling, the director of the White House Economic Council.
Now another person who writes columns for a different media organization is speaking out about threats made to them by the Obama administration.

Bob Woodward isn't the only person who's received threats for airing the Obama administration's dirty laundry.  It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days - even former senior members of the Clinton administration.
A day after Woodward's claim that a senior White House official had told him he would "regret" writing a column criticizing President Obama's stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL's Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington Times.
Davis told WMAL that his editor, 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."

Davis has a little bit of advice for the White House - Threatening Woodward is a bad idea:
"Firstly, you don't threaten anyone. Secondly, you don't threaten Bob Woodward," said Davis. "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," he added.

Both video and audio below
Video of Bob Woodward talking about White House threatening him:

Audio of Lanny Davis talking about White House threats:



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