The dustup between Woodward and the White House reportedly began during a conversation in which Woodward told economic aide Gene Sperling about his latest column questioning President Obama’s explanation of the genesis of the sequestration debate.
Apparently, Sperling got a little worked up during the conversation.
Later, Sperling apologized to Woodward in an email and offered this advice, which raised the journalist’s hackles (the emphasis is mine):
“But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying [sic] that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.”
Politico published the emails exclusively.
According to Woodward, the email is tantamount to bullying. He told Politico: