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?