Yesterday, we reported the story of how the White House threatened Bob Woodward for daring to report, with accuracy, how the President has been lying about the sequester. Now Lanny Davis is saying that the White House threatened him too.
Lanny Davis, who served under President Bill Clinton as special counsel to the White House, told Washington, D.C.’s WMAL this morning that the Obama White House had threatened the Washington Times over his column, warning that the Times would suffer limited access to White House officials and might have its White House credentials revoked. Davis, a centrist Democrat, is sometimes critical of the Obama administration’s policies.
Davis was speaking with Breitbart News editor Larry O’Connor, who co-hosts a morning show on WMAL. Davis said he had never spoken publicly about the threats before, but they seemed relevant after the White House told legendary reporter Bob Woodward that he would “regret” insisting that the White House had come up with the idea of the budget sequester, which President Barack Obama is now urging Congress urgently to revoke.
This is Chicago style politics at its best. I wouldn’t be surprised if the White House threatens journalists like this all the time. They might not threaten them with physical violence (although I wouldn’t put it past the current administration) but they might say something like “if you keep reporting negative things about me, I’ll give a huge scoop to your competitor.” I just wish more reporters would be honest about it.