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Former Newsweek Editor: Robert Gibbs Sent Me 'Abusive Email' In '08 For Article I Wrote About Obama
NewsBusters ^ | 2-28-2013 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 02/28/2013 2:43:25 PM PST by smoothsailing

February 28, 2013

Former Newsweek Editor: Robert Gibbs Sent Me 'Abusive Email' In '08 For Article I Wrote About Obama

Noel Sheppard

It appears with each passing day another member of the media is coming out to share unpleasant treatment at the hands of Barack Obama and Company.

On Thursday, in an appearance on NewsMaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show, former Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter said that in 2008, Robert Gibbs sent him an "abusive email" as a result of an article he wrote about Obama and disinvited him to a dinner the candidate was holding for reporters in Berlin (choppy audio follows with transcript and commentary):

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; genesperling; partisanmediashills; sequester
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1 posted on 02/28/2013 2:43:34 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Looks like it took a true journalist to break the ice.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 2:45:47 PM PST by jersey117
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To: smoothsailing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60loeoblu0M

It is too late for the pebbles to vote.... The avalanche has begun...


3 posted on 02/28/2013 2:51:18 PM PST by GraceG
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To: jersey117
These offended gerbalists are coming out of the woodwork. This is what? Insulted Journalist # 4 or 5? In the last 24 hours. Ealier today, I predicted this would happen.

 

To: BenLurkin

Woodward, Attkisson, Davis and Fournier. That’s four so far in the last 24 hours.

I guess the real question is how many gerbalists HAVE NOT been threatened by the White Hut?

46 posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:34:24 AM by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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4 posted on 02/28/2013 2:52:10 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: jersey117

I think the “me too” choir is just starting to sing. lol


5 posted on 02/28/2013 2:53:02 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: jersey117

I’m not so sure Woodward could truly be classified as a “true journalist,” however I would acknowledge that he has fraudulently worn the mantle of “true journalist” for many years.

So with that reservation, I agree with you. It took someone of large stature on the left to start the ball rolling.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 2:55:28 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: smoothsailing

The attack puppies of the press?


7 posted on 02/28/2013 2:58:26 PM PST by x
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To: smoothsailing

Obama’s people are very upset for good reason. It would appear that there is a growing realization in the journalistic community that Obama is a dangerous, petulant narcissist. His bizarre policies are likely to lead to a debacle. The MSM have acted as syncophants. Now some wish to get ahead of the curve and salvage what they can of their tattered reputations. First Woodward, then Lannie Davis and now Alter. Hopefully it is the beginning of the end for Obama.


8 posted on 02/28/2013 2:59:17 PM PST by allendale
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To: allendale

I hope you’re right. There are indeed some reporters and journalists out there with integrity. The trouble is... their bosses - the networks and the press agencies - will always continue to kiss Nobama’s butt.


9 posted on 02/28/2013 3:03:12 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: smoothsailing
Whether these abuses are as severe as some make them out to be or not no one should be surprised when the president himself abuses members of the U.S. Supreme Court publicly in a SOTU address.

Obama and most of his appointees have very little class.

10 posted on 02/28/2013 3:05:51 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: smoothsailing
The Obama administration duking it out with the MSM?

Makes me wanna git some popcorn ready.

11 posted on 02/28/2013 3:06:21 PM PST by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: smoothsailing
Lol, isn't this something we've wished for? Gibbs admitted he was told not to mention 'drones', so he's 'leaking' info too.


12 posted on 02/28/2013 3:06:48 PM PST by potlatch
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To: allendale

You know in a perverse way there is a very big up side to this.
All those swallowers of the Zero koolaid are going to want to be special too. The only way to do that is to cross the Fascist in Charge.

Expect the Wookie to hit the Sunday Shows soon throwing
White Hut Aides under the bus!


13 posted on 02/28/2013 3:06:58 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: potlatch
I like the graphic! :o)

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14 posted on 02/28/2013 3:16:57 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: allendale

Andrea Mitchell came out with some unkind words.

White House taking a beating over this. As well they should.


15 posted on 02/28/2013 3:20:08 PM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: jazusamo

They’re all from the same thug school. Bunch of dirty nose pickers just like Odungheap.


16 posted on 02/28/2013 3:20:48 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

LOLOL, thanks SS!!


17 posted on 02/28/2013 3:22:44 PM PST by potlatch
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To: allendale
It would appear that there is a growing realization in the journalistic community that Obama is a dangerous, petulant narcissist.

One thing about the press and obama that fascinates me is the silence of the real journalists.

They still exist. Hard to say how many are left, but I find their silence intriguing.

Humans, especially real journalists, don't like unsolved mysteries to stay unsolved or unanswered questions to stay unanswered.

No matter what kind of journalist one might be, one must admit that there is an incomprehensibly long list of unanswered questions about obama that we are not allowed to look at.

Humans also don't like being played and from the ironic hope of his NObel peace prize to the predictable hysteria about the sequester, at some point real journalists get tired of this and, afraid of where these things lead, tell the world.

And we don't like being lied to, especially by people we put into power, like we and the world were lied to about what went down and why at Benghazi. That's dangerous and it came after Fast and Furious! But the only sound from the one stream media is the silence of the lambs.

It's all there for a real journalist to be the next Woodward, but only one old (apologies to AARP) Woodward in sight...and look what they are doing to him.

18 posted on 02/28/2013 3:27:52 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: x
The attack puppies of the press?

LOL. They look sorta shocked to me, like they can't believe there's gambling going on or something. ;)

19 posted on 02/28/2013 3:28:55 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Awesome image. I love it! -lol-


20 posted on 02/28/2013 3:34:09 PM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: potlatch
I've been asking this question, and have yet to receive a reply or comment: Why did Woodward even call Sperling to give a heads-up about the story he was releasing? He wasn't calling for comment because the story was already put to bed, so why the call?

Did he call Nixon's White House to warn them? No! Did Dan Rather call Bush's to warn him about the fake-but-accurate story about the TANG? No! Did the National Enquirer call Clinton to warn him about the Lewinski story? No! Did Kiefer call Obama about the Acorn video story? No!

So why did the seasoned, experienced Woodward call Obama's White House to warn them about this story? Sure, Woodward's angry, but not for the reason he says.

21 posted on 02/28/2013 3:39:04 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: smoothsailing

It needs to be repeated over and over that these so called reporters whined, licked the hand that beat them and then begged for more!


22 posted on 02/28/2013 3:45:53 PM PST by OSHA (One despises and wants to destroy the United States, the other is a dead terrorist.)
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To: smoothsailing

I wonder how this White House emails compared to the Bush era with say Tonny Snow in charge. I think I already know the answer.


23 posted on 02/28/2013 3:48:55 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Cyber Liberty
Why did Woodward even call Sperling to give a heads-up about the story he was releasing?

Very good question and in all my scouring for info I haven't seen it asked before!! I don't know, perhaps it will be asked on the Sunday shows? Maybe....

24 posted on 02/28/2013 3:55:28 PM PST by potlatch
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To: smoothsailing

Did he say anything about it back in 2008? If not, why did he wait to tell us this until now?


25 posted on 02/28/2013 3:57:40 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Cyber Liberty; smoothsailing; All

They just announced on Special Report that Woodward will be on Hannity tonight!


26 posted on 02/28/2013 3:57:50 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Cyber Liberty

I think the difference is that Woodward’s story on the origins of ‘the sequester’ isn’t ‘investigative journalism,’ as was Watergate or (theoretically) TANG. If you’re reference to ACORN meant to say O’Keefe, again, that was ‘investigative journalism.’

The National Enquirer and all other media kept the Lewinski story under wraps; it was Drudge who broke that story.

“Journalists,” their editors and publishers are, in the main, cowards afraid to confront power, especially if it’s a power that espouses their very same political philosophy.


27 posted on 02/28/2013 4:05:10 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: potlatch

Thanks, but I doubt it. I find myself shouting questions at the TV for these interviewers, but they never ask them. Hannity is the worst. He asks questions from a script, but is apparently not listening because he doesn’t ask follow-up questions.

I’ll bet folding money Woodward won’t be asked why he called in the first place.


28 posted on 02/28/2013 4:07:13 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: EDINVA

So, Obama deserved a heads-up? Why? I think that’s unethical journalism because it gives the subject of the story an opportunity to spin the facts in advance of the story.


29 posted on 02/28/2013 4:09:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: potlatch
They just announced on Special Report that Woodward will be on Hannity tonight!

Meh. Hannity won't ask because everybody knows Woodward's head is so far up Obama's butt he's looking for a flashlight.

30 posted on 02/28/2013 4:11:54 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: smoothsailing

31 posted on 02/28/2013 4:15:38 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: smoothsailing

This story won’t go anywhere. It will only last until the next news cycle when something else of national interest comes along. Obama has been doing this for 5 years.

The liberal media has battered wife syndrome. “He still loves me. It’s just politics. He has to be that way.”


32 posted on 02/28/2013 4:18:53 PM PST by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks smoothsailing.
former Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter said that in 2008, Robert Gibbs sent him an "abusive email" as a result of an article he wrote about Obama and disinvited him to a dinner the candidate was holding for reporters in Berlin

33 posted on 02/28/2013 4:34:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

We all shout questions at them - if only they could hear, lol. I’m not crazy about Hannity either, but will watch him tonight.


34 posted on 02/28/2013 4:39:09 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Cyber Liberty
everybody knows Woodward's head is so far up Obama's butt he's looking for a flashlight.

Maybe the battery has run down because Woodward has called him a 'fibber' mentioned Obama's 'madness' and explicitly showed when and where Obama both lied about and proposed the sequester.

35 posted on 02/28/2013 4:44:37 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Cyber Liberty; potlatch
Why did Woodward even call Sperling to give a heads-up about the story he was releasing?

You've answered the question yourself, and the answer is obvious.

Woodward called because he's writing about a Democrat administration and Woodward is a Democrat. Ethical? No. Predictable? You bet. It's family business.

Would Woodward ever consider doing the same for those horrible neighbors across the street, the Republicans. Absolutely not. Never!

36 posted on 02/28/2013 4:44:37 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Lol, we both posted at the same exact time!! My ‘hopeful’ reply and your probably ‘correct’ one. I’ll admit to not following Woodward closely but am always hopeful ‘the worm has turned’.....


37 posted on 02/28/2013 4:49:04 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Cyber Liberty

Team Obama is doing a boatload of “spinning” now, as more come out of the woodwork to report their experience. What they are doing, tho, isn’t so much ‘spin’ as it is a frontal assault. All the better for all to see.

I don’t think this really comes close to ‘unethical journalism.’ We don’t know the context or content of that phone call, but in summary it seems Woodward called to let Sperling know what he’d written and that it’d be in the next day’s paper. He wasn’t calling to ask if it was ok to publish his story, or asking how the WH would like the story written. It was a fait accompli. I think that isn’t so unusual nor confined to Dem Administations only who get a heads up.


38 posted on 02/28/2013 5:01:22 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: potlatch

I hope you’re right about Woodward, that would be a real positive development. Maybe there is a patriot in him at some level.


39 posted on 02/28/2013 5:05:48 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
I'm watching O'Reilly -
that vile, 'dithpicable' man
and Woodward is being called all kinds of names by the dems now. I would bet it makes him a little 'ticked', snicker.
40 posted on 02/28/2013 5:13:54 PM PST by potlatch
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To: EDINVA
Woodward called to let Sperling know what he’d written and that it’d be in the next day’s paper.

Why do that? That's my question. I know he wasn't calling for permission to publish. I get that he wasn't looking to see if the Administration would like the story. Was he trying to soften the blow so they could still be buddies at the next party? I think a story should be a surprise.

41 posted on 02/28/2013 5:24:14 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: smoothsailing
You've answered the question yourself, and the answer is obvious.

Yes, I know. But it cheeses me there are so many who don't.

42 posted on 02/28/2013 5:26:06 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: potlatch

Just read a good IBD op/ed on the Woodward thing...

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/022813-646268-white-house-threatens-bob-woodward-over-sequestration.htm

Could Woodward have a blockbuster book in the works? The 2013 version of “All the President’s Men”?


43 posted on 02/28/2013 5:30:16 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: potlatch

I saw the interview on CNN. He’s going peculiar. He’s made it easy for the libs to dismiss him as a doddering kook.

But...the cascade of other reporters claiming to be punished by the Chicago Obama Machine, well, that’s different. There is a dam collapsing before our eyes. I hope you have popcorn at the ready, because this is going to be fun to watch. I take extra butter, the real kind.


44 posted on 02/28/2013 5:33:08 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: smoothsailing
Could Woodward have a blockbuster book in the works?

Sure, that's possible and I've seen others mention it. Maybe I'm a 'Pollyanna' but why would he want to anger a President and administration that he supposedly likes? There are other ways to attract attention for a book. He's really getting pelted by the dems now.

I'll check out your link SS, thanks.

45 posted on 02/28/2013 5:45:42 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Cyber Liberty
the cascade of other reporters claiming to be punished by the Chicago Obama Machine

That's the good part, and I hope it continues. At least it has opened a door - give him credit for that, lol. Sure is going to aggravate Madcow and Matthews, - that will be worth watching.

You gotta buy your own popcorn cause I'm gonna eat the whole bucket, hehe.

46 posted on 02/28/2013 5:56:00 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

Watching Hannity now, Woodward is sticking to his story. As usual, Hannity can’t shut up and let Woodward go in to more detail.


47 posted on 02/28/2013 6:15:26 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: potlatch

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and all that.

And remember when 0mozlem first was in the WH and went down to the press quarters? And manhandled some reporter guy who asked 0 a question he didn’t like? 0mozlem was very angry and aggressive with the guy.


48 posted on 02/28/2013 6:20:43 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: smoothsailing

Was hoping Woodward wouldn’t ‘softball’ it so much. He proved Obama lied, but he refused to call it a lie, lol. Gadzooks!!

A FIB is just a FIB and a LIB remains a LIB, of that you can’t deny.......lol


49 posted on 02/28/2013 6:36:13 PM PST by potlatch
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To: little jeremiah
Hi LJ, I don't recall that story but would certainly believe it. All you have to do is look at Obama’s angry face and those soul-less, cold, dead eyes to know what he is capable of.
50 posted on 02/28/2013 6:41:18 PM PST by potlatch
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