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Redford Revisits ‘All The President’s Men’

It’s been 37 years since the Watergate scandal was captured in the movie “All the President’s Men.” The anniversary was marked Thursday at the Newseum with a screening of “All The President’s Men: Revisited,” a documentary about the movie. The White House Correspondents’ Association and Discovery hosted the event.

Prior to the screening, actor Robert Redford, documentary producers Andrew Lack and Laura Michalchyshyn and famed Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein walked a red carpet.

Woodward was at the center of a minor media scandal earlier this year when he suggested that he had been threatened by a White House official. Once a thorn in the side of Republicans, Woodward’s claim won him fans on the right and several appearances on FNC’s “Hannity.”

Asked what he makes of Woodward’s tendency to stir trouble on both the left and the right, Redford told FBDC, “it means he’s doing a good job.”

“We don’t live in a world where everybody’s one way or the other,” he added. “There’s a lot of gray there. I think if somebody’s doing their job, they’re going to provoke people who don’t want to see the job well done.”

In remarks before the film, WHCA President and FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry said this year’s WHCA dinner is trying to focus on the scholarship that WHCA offers aspiring journalists rather than the celebrities who will be attending. He said Redford agreed to attend the screening in that same spirit.

Fun fact: The documentary contains a scene wherein TV commentator Ben Stein starts crying at the memory of President Richard Nixon‘s final speech as president.

Following the film was a panel discussion with Redford, Bernstein, Woodward, Henry and Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift.

When asked about the state of journalism today Redford said… Read more

CNN’s Tapper Already ‘Face of New CNN’

Wait. How did that happen so fast?

Mere hours had passed after the debut of CNN Jake Tapper’s The Lead, and already, Jeff Zucker was ecstatic. At a party for Tapper last night at the Sixth Engine, as reported by Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, CNN’s new President declared Tapper the face of the new CNN.

Zucker told the crowd, “I can tell you from the position that I was in, the prospect of Jake Tapper being the face of the new CNN had me more excited than anything, and I can tell you after today, I know it was absolutely the right thing. …I couldn’t hope for more than for Jake and his team to take CNN into our next place, into our next century.”

We can only imagine how Wolf and John (King) are feeling right now.

And wait…maybe Tapper gets that interview with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward after all. After saying this week that he didn’t understand how a reporter could receive a nasty call from the White House and then get on TV and complain about it, Woodward was among the guests at the party.

See the full story.

Afternoon Reading List 3.12.13.

Esquire rips Ezra Klein a new a–hole: Charles. P. Pierce of Esquire‘s “The Politics Blog” is impressed with WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, and simultaneously not that impressed. In an afternoon post Monday he writes, “The problem is that he’s so entirely a creature of this exploitative new journalism order that he seems to believe, as Molly Ivins once put it of Camille Paglia, that he is the cosmos.” He also discusses Ezra’s ideas about sources, who Ezra claims are the unpaid “academics, business consultants, marking analysts and former politicians.” Pierce writes, “Ezra, dude, all of journalism is not the op-ed page. Most of the people you cite above couldn’t cover a one-car fatal on 128 on a Sunday night. Somebody has to do the grunt work that involves calling the cops or the coroner, or the drunk high-school baseball coach, and not whoever is on call at the Center For American Progress that day.” Read the full story here.

Investigating Bob Woodward: Today Tanner Colby writes a lengthy story for TNR. In light of WaPo Bob Woodward‘s recent claim that he was threatened by the White House, Colby explores other “regrettable” moments in Woodward’s life and lets the reader in on how Woodward does what he does. Such as the book he wrote on John Belushi after he died. Colby writes, “Twenty years later, in 2004, Judy Belushi hired me, then an aspiring comedy writer, to help her with a new biography of John, this one titled Belushi: A Biography. As her coauthor, I handled most of the legwork, including all of the interviews and most of the research. What started as a fun project turned out to be a rather fascinating and unique experiment. Over the course of a year, page by page, source by source, I re-reported and rewrote one of Bob Woodward’s books. As far as I know, it’s the only time that’s ever been done.” He says Woodward’s problem is execution. He writes, “There’s no question that he frequently ferrets out information that other reporters don’t. But getting the scoop is only part of the equation. Once you have the facts, you have to present those facts in context and in proportion to other facts in order to accurately reflect reality. It’s here that Woodward fails.”

The piece includes damning thoughts on Woodward. “Like a funhouse mirror, Woodward’s prose distorts what it purports to reflect.” And the ending is disquieting: “When you imagine Woodward using the same approach to cover secret meetings about drone strikes and the budget sequester and other issues of vital national importance, well, you have to stop and shudder.” Sure the piece might be a little look at me self-serving. But this is Washington and what you expect of it. Read the full story here.

Breitbart‘s Boyle Battles Ashley Judd

Since she may be the Democratic challenger for Sen. Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) Senate seat, Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle is all over actress Ashley Judd.

Judd gave a speech at George Washington University Friday, an event attended by Boyle. Press was allowed to sit in for the speech but were told they couldn’t ask Judd questions during the audience Q&A portion (not ideal circumstances for press but also not unusual at university events). “GW has press behind a pole post at Ashley Judd event,” tweeted Boyle. “Remember, no reporter Q’s #WarOnFirstAmendment.”

Boyle then wrote up a short post about Judd’s media “stonewall,” comparing it to the White House’s “attack campaign” against WaPo‘s Bob Woodward.

He also wrote a fuller story on Judd’s speech, which he said “flopped.” (It couldn’t have been any worse than Where the Heart Is.)

The next day, Boyle jumped on a since-deleted tweet from Judd. Read more

TMZ Interviews Bob Woodward

TMZ caught up with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, who has been in the limelight as of late for not being threatened by the White House. They wondered if “All The President’s Men” — in which he was portrayed by the dashing Robert Redford –  improved his sex life. In true TMZ fashion, they follow that up with a Deep Throat joke.

“When Robert Redford played you in All the President’s Men back in the day, did it help you with the women?” asked our favorite paparazzo Colin Drummond. “You don’t know how many women I disappointed,” Woodward replied, laughing.

Watch here.

Most Say Bob Woodward Is Full of It And May Need Diapers In His Old Age

The results of yesterday’s Fish Poll are in.

Asked if WaPo‘s Bob Woodward is “full of shit” regarding his claim that he was intimidated (perhaps threatened) by the White House, a resounding 67 percent said yes. A full breakdown of the results:

  • 40.57% chose “Yes; the email in no way sounded like a threat. And Woodward is at the age where he needs diapers anyway.”
  • 26.42% said, “No; the White House shouldn’t be telling reporters what they’ll ‘regret,’ even if they don’t mean anything violent by it.”
  • 27.36% chose “Yes; this is how hacks and flacks say I love you to one another. Woodward needs to grow up and put his old man pants on.”
  • 6% said, “No; I’d be genuinely worried about waking up next to a horse head if I’d received that same email from the White House.”

Did the White House Threaten Bob Woodward or is He Full of It?

It’s Fish Poll time.

When WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, a guy who has figured out how to bring out the toddler in Democrats and Republicans, claimed on Wednesday that he was threatened by the White House, a media debate started over what exactly constitutes a “threat.”

After Woodward said this week that it was the Obama administration which came up with the sequester idea, a White House official (Gene Sperling, Director of the White House Economic Council) emailed Woodward to say he’d “regret staking out that claim.”

In a subsequent interview with Politico, Woodward maintained that it was indeed a threat. “Come on,” he said. “I think if Obama himself saw the way they’re dealing with some of this, he would say, ‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’”

Some sided with Woodward. Others said the “regret” line was nothing, similar to telling someone he’d be proven wrong in time… Read more

Katrina vanden Heuvel Lectures Anderson Cooper

Just as we were flipping around the cable news networks last night looking for a fresh take on the Oscar Pistorious murder case, a new look at those blades at least, we realized no one was on it. So we settled for the next best thing: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and one hair clip short of a ponytaled Nancy Grace in full discussion about the Jodi Arias trial. Back and forth they went, marveling over Jody’s drastic dye job and how she couldn’t remember stabbing her boyfriend some 30 times.

And then who comes vaulting out of the Twitter peanut gallery and ruins it for us? Read more

Politico Manufactures Woodward’s War

Someone should get Bob Woodward some Preparation H because he’s acting all butthurt over a minor spat with the White House.

On Wednesday, Politico’s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen put out this piece claiming the seasoned political reporter was “at war” with the White House. It all stems from Woodward’s recent piece alleging that the looming sequester cuts were all an idea that came from the Obama administration. Woodward tells of an angry phone conversation he had with an unidentified White House official and a follow up email that Woodward perceived as “a threat.” This led to conservatives rallying around Woodward for his calling out of the administration and pointing to their threatening tactics as a form of bullying. This made Twitter an unbelievably painful place to be on Wednesday evening.

It didn’t take long for Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith to report the White House official in question was none other than economic aide, Gene Sperling. Politico, sensing they had been scooped, confirmed that it was Sperling AND released the threatening email in question.

The only problem? It’s hardly a threat. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Dude I don’t even know how to make a gif #buzzfeedconfession”BuzzFeed‘s newest Washingtonian Rosie Gray.

THREATENED: Reporters react to Woodward’s claims

“I never took nasty emails as threats. I took them as a sign I was doing my job. Nothing to do with bravery.” — Matt Apuzzo, AP investigative reporter in reaction to WaPo Bob Woodward‘s claim that he was threatened by the White House, namely Director of the National Economic Counsel Gene Sperling. (Sperling scoop by BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.)

“The flaks I know usually just call to yell at me. no email I hate more threatening than ‘Kate, do you have second to talk about this?’” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

“Think abt it: You’re a 22-year-old reporter and you see what happens to BOB WOODWARD. You may stay quiet about when a flack barks/pressures” — National Review‘s Robert Costa.

“Reminder of the night: Non-reporters don’t understand journo-source interactions.” — Politico‘s Kevin Robillard.

(From our favorite non-vacationer…) “I know I’m on vacation, but I’ve gotten threats from both Obamaland and Romneyland. ‘You’ll regret this’ is like a walk in the park.” — Former BuzzFeed scribe Zeke Miller.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:09 a.m.

Journo marvels over price of smokes

“I just saw woman in NYC buy two packs of cigarettes for $31. Who can afford that habit here?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “You think when Ben Smith was 8 & watching All The President’s Men for the first time, he knew that one day he’d #BenSmith that guy?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte, official nemesis to BuzzFeed‘s Smith.

Watch out for reporter in PJ’s

“Dear DC: I’m about to wander you in my pajama pants and I’m feeling very Jay Cutler #DoonttttCarrrreeee-esque about it.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

More Woodward and what he’ll regret… Read more

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