Arguably the most influential reporter in the history of the United States, Bob Woodward, the man who along with Carl Bernstein revealed the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency, has been threatened by the Obama administration.

Woodward merely reported that Obama’s account of the current sequestration debate was not accurate (in his opinion) and that Obama had been overwhelmed by a “kind of madness” over the entire situation. He specifically found Obama’s decision to not allow a US aircraft carrier to deploy absurd.

The journa-sleuth told CNN that in response a “very senior” Obama official told Woodward he would “regret doing this.” Woodward’s response to the White House’s pushback was, “I think they’re confused.”

Well Bob, maybe they’re paranoid, just like Nixon.

On Thursday, the White House moved to quiet the controversy, which apparently centered around comments made by National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling.

A White House aide told Politico, “As Mr. Woodward noted, the email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation. The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation he made regarding the sequester because that observation was inaccurate, nothing more. And Mr. Woodward responded to this aide’s email in a friendly manner.”

Obama allies piled on derision toward Woodward’s account of recent events. Former Obama adviser David Plouffe tweeted Wednesday: “Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.”

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