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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

Katrina vanden Heuvel: My Interns Have No Idea Who Bob Woodward Is

It’s never really a good thing to brag about how dumb your interns are. But at the risk of offending every intern in her midst, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, announced on Twitter last night that her “smart” interns have no clue who Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is.

Ten minutes later she pulled her head out of her ass thought better of it and announced that in fact they do know who Woodward is.

Phew! We were worried there for a minute.

Julie Mason Finds Bob Woodward ‘Grumpy’

Just before the holidays, Borderstan, a Washington D.C. blog covering the neighborhoods of Dupont, Logan  and U Street chatted with Julie Mason, who hosts “The Press Pool” on SiriusXM’ Potus Channel.

The always candid Mason didn’t hold back on her most (and least) favorite interviews… Read more

Separated at Birth: Bob Woodward

Today we match one of the most famous journalists in the United States — WaPo‘s Bob Woodward and The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol. Strangely, we also think Woodward has more than a tinge of “Steve” (David Eigenberg) from “Sex and the City”

in him.

Eat Breakfast on Politico’s Dime, Hear Woodward, Rubio

Politico is hosting a Playbook Breakfast on Wednesday morning featuring the new Messiah Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and author and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward. Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen will conduct the interviews. Breakfast will be served.

Time: 8 a.m.

Place: Newseum

Want to attend? RSVP here.

Want to stay home and watch in your Winnie the Pooh pajamas? Visit Politico.com for the livestream.

Have burning questions you want answered? Tweet them to @POLITICOEvents.

 

10 Men Not to Bang in Washington

By Betsy Rothstein and Eddie Scarry

In the wake of the scandal swirling around now former CIA Director David Petraeus, we’ve decided to create a quick tip sheet for large-breasted women who are considering affairs with high-powered (some hideous) men in Washington. Here’s who not to sleep with if you’re getting that sudden urge to become a homewrecker. And for god sakes, if you must, do not ever communicate by email. (And text is probably no good either. We hear stationery may be making a comeback.)

10. Rep. Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. See his title. And repeat.

9. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). As fun as he might be with his dry humor and bright blue eyes, there’s no doubt that at some point in the affair he would burst out crying. That’s reason enough. But there’s also the high probability that his breath is smoky and his skin feels like leather.

8. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He’s a man of few words and he leaves stray hairs on Pepsi cans if you know what we mean. Also…if he looks this bored, really?

7. Gen. Stanley McChrystal because he’ll talk shit about you behind your back (and then tell it to a reporter). And his name is Stanley. Need we say more?

6. Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan. For one thing, there’s his wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell. She’ll kill you with one glance. And for another, does he have all his teeth? Though we recognize some people are into that sort of thing.

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Morning Reading List 10.12.12.

1. Biden’s thousand-watt smile — Though a bit blurry, FreeBeacon brought us Joe Biden’s 7 best smiles of the debate last night in the first 30 minutes of the debate. Pretend you’ve just visited the eye doctor and have been given drops. You’ll be fine. Just don’t look for too long. Watch here. Speaking of Biden’s grin, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin has a roundup of the nation’s morning headlines that ought to make Biden smile. Read here.

2. Woodward leans toward Obama — National Journal magazine’s Brian House has an interesting Q & A with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward about his new book, The Price of Politics. In it, Woodward alludes to the bad blood between House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor. He also suggests some might prefer a Joe Biden presidency to that of Obama or Mitt Romney. Read the full interview here.

3. Woo Woo politics — Anne Ortlee, a Manhattan astrologer, says Mercury will be in retrograde come election day. What does this mean? “He rules people,  he rules how we communicate and express our will. Him stopping on election day is very, very important.” She explains this has happened only once before in the history of the United States in Gore V. Bush. When he freezes, she warns, chaos ensues. “Vote early because it’s going to be crazy on election day,” she added. How sure is she? “More sure than I want to be.” NowThis News is a BuzzFeed video partner.

 

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