On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on the collapse of famed Watergate journalist, Bob Woodward.
Woodward riled up the press this week claiming the Obama administration issued him a “veiled threat” over a Washington Post op-ed he wrote saying the president “moved the goal posts” by demanding new revenue in budget talks.
Stewart expressed the hysteric tone of Woodward’s claims, after the former journalistic hero made media rounds riding on this senior official’s alleged threat.
“These Chicago-style thugs strong arming a formerly young reporter like this,” Stewart said. “If only we had the emails.”
Stewart proceeded to read snippets of the email exchange between Woodward and the White House’s muscle—economic advisor Gene Sperling.
“I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today,” Sperling wrote, “I do truly believe you should rethinking your comment about saying 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.”
Jon ridiculed the notion that Sperling’s words could ever be conceived as a threat.
“And Woodward, if I ever see you on these streets of this town again,” Stewart said in a mock gangster voice, “I will wave to you because we are good friends.”
That Woodward’s response email begins, “You do not ever have to apologize to me,” makes assertions of threat victimization even more laughable.
Stewart observed, “Access means never having to say you’re sorry.”
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