Washington spent an entire day yesterday debating whether famed journalist Bob Woodward was actually “threatened” by White House official Gene Sperling. Last night on Fox News, Woodward cleared the air, telling Sean Hannity that no, he didn’t feel actually threatened.
And in an interview with the Washington Post, he blamed Politico for the word even coming up:
Woodward said he stands by the idea that Sperling’s language was over the line but stops short of suggesting outright intimidation. “I never characterized it as a ‘threat,’ ” he said. “I think that was Politico’s word. I said I think [Sperling’s] language is unfortunate, and I don’t think it’s the way to operate. . . . [Sperling’s] language speaks for itself. I don’t think that’s the way to operate.”
“Threatened” was actually the word used by… CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Woodward Wednesday, a characterization of an email from Sperling that Woodward didn’t dispute then or in subsequent interviews with Politico.