Skip to comments.Former Newsweek Editor: Robert Gibbs Sent Me 'Abusive Email' In '08 For Article I Wrote About Obama
Posted on 02/28/2013 2:43:25 PM PST by smoothsailing
February 28, 2013
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):
(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...
Looks like it took a true journalist to break the ice.
It is too late for the pebbles to vote.... The avalanche has begun...
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?
I think the “me too” choir is just starting to sing. lol
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.
The attack puppies of the press?
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.
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.
Obama and most of his appointees have very little class.
Makes me wanna git some popcorn ready.
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!
Andrea Mitchell came out with some unkind words.
White House taking a beating over this. As well they should.
They’re all from the same thug school. Bunch of dirty nose pickers just like Odungheap.
LOLOL, thanks SS!!
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.
LOL. They look sorta shocked to me, like they can't believe there's gambling going on or something. ;)
Awesome image. I love it! -lol-
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.
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!
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.
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....
Did he say anything about it back in 2008? If not, why did he wait to tell us this until now?
They just announced on Special Report that Woodward will be on Hannity tonight!
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.
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.
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.
Meh. Hannity won't ask because everybody knows Woodward's head is so far up Obama's butt he's looking for a flashlight.
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.”
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
We all shout questions at them - if only they could hear, lol. I’m not crazy about Hannity either, but will watch him tonight.
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.
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!
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’.....
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.
I hope you’re right about Woodward, that would be a real positive development. Maybe there is a patriot in him at some level.
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.
Yes, I know. But it cheeses me there are so many who don't.
Just read a good IBD op/ed on the Woodward thing...
Could Woodward have a blockbuster book in the works? The 2013 version of “All the President’s Men”?
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.
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.
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.
Watching Hannity now, Woodward is sticking to his story. As usual, Hannity can’t shut up and let Woodward go in to more detail.
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.
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
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.