White House to Woodward: You'll 'Regret' Challenging Us

Bob Woodward has revealed that a "senior" White House official warned he would "regret challenging them" with a story about the origin of sequester. Given how Woodward earned his stripes as a reporter, the White House must have felt the issue was very important indeed.

Woodward revealed an email he received from the White House about his sequester story, which argued that the White House had originally proposed the plan and was moving the goal posts for political reasons. Video of an interview Woodward gave to Politico shows him making the claim. He apparently said the same thing on CNN a few hours later.

Earlier in the day, Woodward appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe and said what the White House was doing was "a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time." Though he didn't spell out how long, this seemed to be an allusion to the Nixon White House.

Woodward's revelation undercuts the claims made by a number of media figures that the origin of the sequester is inconsequential. Recently, Howard Kurtz proclaimed it a "pointless" argument. Chuck Todd also opined that it was "one of the dumber" arguments. Apparently the White House did not agree and felt strongly enough about it to risk bullying one of the most respected journalists in Washington.


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