Much has been, and will continue to be made, about Woodward’s claim that the White House “threatened” him.
I was raised in a household where Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were near holy figures: endless crusaders for truth who started down the beast and brought order back to the galaxy (I also had a very Star Wars heavy childhood).
As evidence comes out (like the Woodward email that Andrew Sullivan just published) that shows that Woodward is, well, lying through his teeth, it is just making Woodward look bad.
I don’t think that there can be a denial that this constant narrative about the WH “threatening” people (& the know ludicrous notion that they had Breitbart killed) is a simple play of too many white, male conservative’s fear of the Black Other. Black man is running for office? Well of course the New Black Panther Party is intimidating white voters at the candidate’s request. WH is trying to pass a healthcare reform. The scary Black Man wants to kill grandma. WH wants to address the orgy of gun violence in this country (that disproportionately affects young men of color)? The Black Man is trying to disarm you so that he can put you in FEMA concentration camps.
That a man like Woodward, a man who stared down real abuse of power in the person of Richard Milhous Nixon, would trade on this cultural bias, this demagoguery, to sell more books/newspapers/public appearances is sickening.
I think that Woodward is certainly going to regret that he picked this fight. Because there is no way he comes out look like anything other than a dried up bitter old hack.
And its a shame.