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Media Matters: Bob Woodward is Just Getting Old


UPDATE: BOB WOODWARD: A ‘Very Senior’ White House Person Warned Me I’d ‘Regret’ What I’m Doing

Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester. [More]

Okay, Bob Woodward is probably not a conservative. We were just having some fun last week.

Inside the Washington fishbowl we would probably describe him as a Beltway moderate. During the Watergate scandal, we seriously doubted some of his sources, but that’s in the books. C’est la vie. However, as Washington journalists go, Woodward, over the course of his career, has been a professional with some scruples for accuracy.

Which makes Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert’s intimation that Woodward has become old, senile and out of touch all the more below-the-belt. All because the veteran journalist is outing Barack Obama’s lie-narrative on sequestration? Yeah right.

Big Journalism:

The quickest way to lose favor with Media Matters for America, the Soros-backed 501(c)(3) left-wing media enforcement group, is to do anything that might politically damage Barack Obama. Not long ago, Media Matters’ Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert was pleading with Bob Woodward to save journalism.

See the tweet here.

Today, though, because Woodward’s reporting has uncovered facts inconvenient to Obama’s sequester narrative, Boehlert’s publicly mocking Woodward as “funny” and “sad” because he “doesn’t seem to understand” sequester. Boehlert then takes a direct shot at Woodward’s age with this parting shot: “time to retire.”

For the record, Woodward is only 69. [More]

Here is what Bob said this morning that has Boehlert’s panties in a bunch, from Business Insider via Drudge:

The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on “Morning Joe” today, saying he’s exhibiting a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?'” Woodward said.

“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?'” Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ … because of some budget document?”

The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.

“Under the Constitution, the President is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the President going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. ‘I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country,'” Woodward said.

“That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time,” he said. [More]

With that statement Bob has crossed the Media Matters ethical line: not blaming the leadership vacuum in the Obama administration on the Republicans in the House.

Question: What is the difference between mainstream journalism and Media Matters?

Answer: Kneepads.

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