Former Clinton aide: Obama WH threatened my paper, too

posted at 11:11 am on February 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If Bob Woodward’s experience wasn’t quite as harrowing as he first let on, Lanny Davis’ anecdote sounds more like the real deal.  Bill Clinton’s former special counsel told Larry O’Connor and Brian Wilson on WMAL that his columns at The Washington Times got the Obama administration so angry, they threatened Davis’ editor with removing the paper’s accreditation to cover the White House:

Lanny Davis, formerly a special counsel to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL’s Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor that a White House official once threatened to have The Washington Times’ White House credentials revoked over columns Davis had written.

Davis says his editor “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.”

Davis isn’t buying the pushback on the Woodward story, either.  While he allows that the context may have been couched as friendly advice, a White House that uses the words “you will regret” is a White House threatening a reporter. In Davis’ case, there isn’t even that friendly veneer — just a call to the editor demanding that the paper dump Davis as a columnist, along with a nice White House credential ya got there “implication” if the Times didn’t comply.

Will the legion of Clinton admirers rush to support Davis, now that he’s gone public with this story?  Or will they consider him a right-wing subversive, too?


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LOL. If Fox News was the most popular and watched network, how come your side lost big time in November?

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The typical low IQ liberal who is always math challenged no matter how simple the math is… When you add the ultra liberal networks of NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, then they will have a much higher combined rating than Foxnews…

mnjg on February 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

“Conservative” reporter Ron Fournier, circa this morning.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/why-bob-woodward-s-fight-with-the-white-house-matters-to-you-20130228

there is no reason to doubt Obama’s integrity — period.

Personally, I had a great relationship with Clinton’s communications team, less so with President Bush’s press shop…

Del Dolemonte on February 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

If Fox News was the most popular and watched network, how come your side lost big time in November?

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Because your Party, which set an alltime American record in 2008 by winning 70% of the High School Dropout Vote, got 80% of that vote in 2012.

At the same time, Mitt Romney won the vote of college graduates, because your Dear Leader abandoned them in order to get the Low IQ Vote.

Thanks for playing!

Del Dolemonte on February 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Once again the election is over. YOU LOST. All this bs wont do a d@mn thing to Obama’s public support. And even if it does, who cares? You know why no one cares? HE WON and your side LOST.

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

You are right. He won, we lost, and now we have the sequester…just like Woodward said. The story comes full circle.

weaselyone on February 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

If Fox News was the most popular and watched network, how come your side lost big time in November?

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Keep arguing against science.

weaselyone on February 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Summa Summarum

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

HE WON and your side LOST.

No, the nation lost. And the lemming low-info voters will line up for their ‘free’ benefits…….until we run out of money.

What’s Barry’s fallback then? Blame Bush?

GarandFan on February 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Ah, brave Lanny, running out to tell everyone about this… NOW?

Only after Woodward had something to say about it, eh? And another ‘journalist’ today, too?

Spineless wonders.

Midas on February 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Once again the election is over. YOU LOST. All this bs wont do a d@mn thing to Obama’s public support. And even if it does, who cares? You know why no one cares? HE WON and your side LOST.

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Yep, and you own every bit of it, champ. The unemployment (worse for blacks), the crime (worse for blacks), the education failures (worse for blacks), the economy (worse for blacks), and more.

You own it, b!tch.

Midas on February 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Are memos coming out now to UNDERCUT Woodward?……saw something on Fox.

Hey Bob Woodward…….are you a lying villain?…

….because when President Nixon gets done with you…

PappyD61 on February 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Typical Obama voter.

Philly on February 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I listened to Eric Erickson’s annoying radio voice long enough to hear that he is furiously pushing back on the ‘threat’ meme, now you folks don’t have to.

Anyone surprised?

slickwillie2001 on February 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Eric Erickson………Ruling class Karl Rove wannabe.

Next.

PappyD61 on February 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

If you don’t believe that Zero knew about the threats to the reporters then it’s easy to believe he didn’t know about Benghazi, F&F, releasing illegals, and selling access. When oh when will these smarter than us guys going to see some day light.

Kissmygrits on February 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Anyone remember the Houston Reporter, Todd Spivak, who wrote the article in ’07 or ’08 about Obama screaming at him on the phone in 2000?

By Todd Spivak Wednesday, Feb 27 2008

It’s not quite eight in the morning and Barack Obama is on the phone screaming at me. He liked the story I wrote about him a couple weeks ago, but not this garbage.

During his seven-year tenure in the Illinois Legislature, Obama wrote an occasional column for the Lakefront Outlook community newspaper where I worked. In 2004, during his U.S. Senate bid, I profiled Obama for the Illinois Times.

Months earlier, a reporter friend told me she overheard Obama call me an asshole at a political fund-raiser. Now here he is blasting me from hundreds of miles away for a story that just went online but hasn’t yet hit local newsstands.

It’s the first time I ever heard him yell, and I’m trembling as I set down the phone. I sit frozen at my desk for several minutes, stunned.

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/9577/barack-obama-phone-screaming-me

This is a pattern of behavior with Barack Obama:

Barack Obama and Me

http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-02-28/news/barack-obama-screamed-at-me/full/

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2011/10/04/cbs-reporter-ingraham-obama-wh-screamed-and-cussed-me

Obama bullying other reporters like Bret Baier of Fox, and local reporters:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/19/obama-let-me-finish_n_850990.html

mountainaires on February 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM

HE WON and your side LOST.

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Do you know what ” Won ” means? It usually means good things …but you keep fluffing der leader ….if it makes you feel better.

CW on February 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Back in the doghouse.

Bmore on February 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Back in the doghouse.

Bmore on February 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Very nice! 8D

tom daschle concerned on February 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Speaking of media: I’ve only been watching Glenn Beck’s show on The Blaze, (Dish channel 212), for a few days but so far all three programs have been excellent. I really like the direction he is going with the chalkboard, liberty verses statism, and highly recommend watching his program today with Ben Carson.

My one suggestion for Beck would be to make sure his guests fully understand the chalkboard before the show before asking them to position themselves on his chart.

I really enjoyed Dr. Carson’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast a few weeks ago but haven’t jumped on the POTUS bandwagon because I didn’t know enough about him, but after watching Glenn Beck’s show today I am warming up to the possibility.

FloatingRock on February 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Once again the election is over. YOU LOST. All this bs wont do a d@mn thing to Obama’s public support. And even if it does, who cares? You know why no one cares? HE WON and your side LOST.

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Dissent is patriotic.

kim roy on February 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I was afraid Woodward would back down on Hannity tonight. But he did not.

Is there a fight looming?

petefrt on February 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Is there a fight looming?

petefrt on February 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Nope….Just a small Civil War
3 million dead conservatives
38 million dead liberals.

Duration 9 years.

New Constitution…not a “living” document

Politicians and judges caught lying are shot.

Add your own….have fun

Si vis pacem, para bellum
III/0317

dirtengineer on February 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Ah yes, jumping on the, I’m just a poor defenseless journalist victim card. WAHHHHHHHHHH! Pathetic. Wusses. Can’t criticize our guy, might not get invited to the Whitehouse. We’re so screwed!

racquetballer on February 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Once again the election is over. YOU LOST. All this bs wont do a d@mn thing to Obama’s public support. And even if it does, who cares? You know why no one cares? HE WON and your side LOST.

HotAirLib on February 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Dissent is patriotic.

kim roy on February 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Only if you are a Socialist. If you’re anything else, dissent is punishable by character assassination and other methods to destroy your life, your career and everyone in your family.

Myron Falwell on March 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Let the Left-spinning rats devour each other over their crooked cheese.

profitsbeard on March 1, 2013 at 2:46 AM

i believe Mr. Davis.

mmcnamer1 on March 1, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Is there any doubt now that Obama, his staff and anyone associated with him is an a$$hole?

DevilsPrinciple on March 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

you’re a moron who doesn’t know who lanny davis is.

sesquipedalian on February 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I know exactly who he is and for whom he has worked his public life. It is you who are deluded. You voted for and defend Obama incessantly. Q.E.D.

totherightofthem on March 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

you’re such a tiresome git.

sesquipedalian

Mrs. Slocombe called. She wants her pussy back.

cbenoistd on February 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

LOL! The question is, are you being served, by this discussion?

totherightofthem on March 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

No one is listening.

avagreen on February 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Well, I’m listening and I totally concur. These are all long-time Clinton supporters, who have been biding their time until they could let loose the hounds. It should only get better from here on out. I don’t think anyone is better at take downs than the Clintons. This could be fun.

totherightofthem on March 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Nope….Just a small Civil War
3 million dead conservatives
38 million dead liberals.

Duration 9 years.

New Constitution…not a “living” document

Politicians and judges caught lying are shot.

Add your own….have fun

Si vis pacem, para bellum
III/0317

dirtengineer on February 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I’m all for a wall in every town where the liars and tyrants get shot in public.

tom daschle concerned on March 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Lanny is a squishy quisling. He’s afraid of everyone.

Sherman1864 on March 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

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