Everyone heard about Woodward last week and how the Obama administration (namely economic adviser Gene Sperling) said that he would “regret” defying Dear Leader…
“While Woodward spent a lot of the week on cable news going back and forth on whether that was a threat, few reporters, if any, asked why a high-level administration official spent so much time — Sperling admittedly shouted at Woodward during a 30-minute phone call, followed by that e-mail — attempting to control an opinion expressed in a newspaper.
The answer, say former and current White House correspondents, is simple: This administration is more skilled and disciplined than any other in controlling the narrative, using social media to circumnavigate the press. On the flip side, our YouTube culture means even the slightest gaffe can be devastating, and so you have an army of aides and staffers helicoptering over reporters”.
I suppose there’s strength in numbers, because people are now coming out of the woodwork to say that they, too, have been “treated horribly by the administration for writing something they didn’t like.”
Case in point - Jonathan Alter – an MSNBC dude, no less – said that “There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time — not all the time — comes out of these guys.”
Apparently, Alter was “disinvited from dinner" back in 2008 by Bobby McSmug Gibbs when Alter dared to say something not completely flattering about Dear Leader.
He continued: “I was told ‘Don’t come,’ in a fairly abusive e-mail,” he said. “[It] made what Gene Sperling wrote [to Woodward] look like patty-cake.”
But wait! There’s more! One of Alter’s female colleagues was just “doing her job” by asking some tough questions (in case you are younger than 30 out here in COTR-land, that’s what journalists USED to do back in the day), and after asking those questions, the administration sent her a bullying email. Allegedly, the words “bitch, c*nt, and a$$hole” were used in said email. Complaints were made about the bullying, but the administration did nothing, because of COURSE they did nothing.
But, you know, the GOP is waging a War on Women, everyone. And poor Sandra Fluke was called a slut.
And you may now return to your regularly-scheduled Kool-Aid guzzling.