Ron Fournier, a respected journalist, reveals how this White House works.
The official angered by my Woodward tweet sent me an indignant e-mail. “What’s next, a Nazi analogy?” the official wrote, chastising me for spreading “bull**** like that” I was not offended by the note, mild in comparison to past exchanges with this official. But it was the last straw in a relationship that had deteriorated.
As editor-in-chief of National Journal, I received several e-mails and telephone calls from this White House official filled with vulgarity, abusive language, and virtually the same phrase that Woodward called a veiled threat. “You will regret staking out that claim,” The Washington Post reporter was told.
(I recall a story about the Reagan White House. Attorney General Ed Meese came into the Oval Office infuriated at a biased and slanted story in some newspaper about the president. Reagan just shrugged it off. Another difference is that story was untrue, the reporter was writing lies. Woodward was writing and speaking the truth.)